OPINION: Richter Willfully Ignorant

A letter to the editor by Ciarrai Campbell of Mt. Holly, NJ

David Richter is running for Congress in district 3, even though he does not live here and only a few months ago was trying to win in district 2.  He is 100% pro-Trump, and fully embraces the Trump approach to dealing with the virus—an approach that has left 221,000 Americans dead.

Richter insists that all the health precautions recommended by the CDC are unnecessary. Why he thinks they are unneeded is unclear, when every scientist is bracing for a second wave. Our case numbers in New Jersey are climbing into daily numbers not seen since May. Yet he wants throw everything wide open—toss the masks, ignore the distancing, pack the bars. It is your Constitutional right to die for the GOP!

David Richter is a Penn-trained lawyer, yet he could not explain why reasonable, proven precautions like a mask mandate are unconstitutional. (Spoiler alert: they’re not.) When a man who likes to tout his intelligence is dead wrong on so many of the basics regarding the reality of this virus, you have to ask: is he not as smart as he thinks he is, or is he deliberately ignoring the science?

Willful ignorance is not a good look for a person who wants to represent us in Congress. We need a representative who understands that our economy cannot be healthy until our people are healthy, who puts the health and safety of our people before profits, and who will work tirelessly for every constituent in his district every day.

Luckily, congressional district 3 already has that representative: Congressman Andy Kim.

Congressman Kim promised us he would fight for our health, and he has delivered in ways large and small, from passing healthcare-related bills to finding disinfectant spray for EMTs at the height of the pandemic. He sits on the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis to oversee how relief money is allocated, and he demands that any virus response plan be based on science and data. To Congressman Andy Kim, our lives are not a partisan matter—and they are not expendable.

Editor’s note: The opinions in this letter are the author’s only.

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