Representative Thomas Massie of the Kentucky 4th Congressional District is currently impeding the passing of the Families First Act in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Shannon Fabert, running against Representative Massie, had the following to say about his obstructionist politics.
“I chose to run in large part because of the lack of leadership our district has been afforded by his tenure in office. Representative Massie has voted to give tax breaks to the rich. Representative Massie has attempted to take your healthcare away. And now, Representative Massie has at every turn attempted to impede any progress our nation has made against the crisis of Covid-19. His insistent grandstanding and fear-mongering are that of an attention seeker, not a leader.”
Shannon Fabert is on record as supporting the bill, despite it not containing more relief for individual families. She went on to say:
“I would be fighting to pass it today if I were in congress. A large part of my campaign is about keeping the bailouts on the kitchen table. Americans need those relief checks now. It would be a different story if Thomas Massie had legitimate policy concerns. But he doesn’t. Throughout the entire crisis he has attempted to impede any possible response to the pandemic. The fact that he cannot see what has happened in the most afflicted states is absurd”.
Shannon had this to say specifically about his obstructionist tactics on the Families First relief bill:
“There is no political ideology that professes to leave your fellow humans to suffer at the hands of crisis. What we have seen in the past few weeks is nothing short of conceited self-adoration. He does not care about us, he only cares about his publicity. This is some of the most abhorrent behavior I have ever seen in his long line of publicity stunts. The fact that even conservative news outlets are condemning his actions today speaks volumes. Thomas Massie does not have an ideology, he has a self-serving ego. Leaving his constituency to the ravages of a broken economy is absolutely abhorrent.”
Shannon Fabert candidate for the Kentucky 4th Congressional District had the following to say regarding the spread of COVID-19.
“Many of us have been anxiously watching the news regarding the spread of COVID-19. And while health officials are still trying to understand the scope of its reach, without proper health insurance and sick leave policies the toll on the economy is real. Recent studies show a large percentage of Americans cannot handle a $500 emergency expense. Imagine the devastation of a 14-day self quarantine. This is what the stock markets do not show. There are the people who will be left destitute if we do not have leadership that will take the actions needed to protect them when our markets fail.”
Fabert’s opponent in the race Representative Thomas Massie favors a hands off approach to the economy and healthcare and believes markets will self regulate through supply and demand. Shannon Fabert believes that our leadership should take calculated and compassionate actions to protect Americans from market externalities such as virus outbreaks.
“Working class Americans are more than statistics. The lack of paid family medical leave, and adequate sick time are issues at the forefront of this health crisis. I agree with Governor Andy Beshear and the advice his leadership has given. If you are sick or your children are sick please stay home. We, however as leaders must address the needs of those who do not have access to paid leave to quarantine themselves or care for their children. Leaving labor markets to police themselves through the invisible hand could take us down the same path as we were on 2008. With historic losses in the DOW Industrial the needs of working class families have to be the first thing on our leaders minds.”
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed long overdue anti-lynching legislation that had already passed in the Senate. This piece of legislation, although symbolic, would do what states have not in the past by making lynching a federal crime. The bill was named after Emmett Till who was lynched in 1955. Shannon Fabert issued the following statement on Representative Massie’s vote.
“Some will say that it is in the past, but this bill matters. A few years after Till’s lynching my father and his sister were integrating schools. This is the history of the baby boomer generation. This is living history. I am certain Thomas Massie has some ideological loyalty he will turn to in defense of why he voted no but I can not find a respectable reason. Whether he accepts it or not his vote contributes to the systemic racism of our nation.The 4th District was the gateway to freedom, the last stop on the Underground Railroad. Instead of working to heal wounds that still resonate, we have a representative who enjoys divisive politics. As the descendant of African slaves, of black people who had to endure Jim Crow era laws, I find the defense that this would impinge upon free speech unacceptable. This type of logic disguises the domestic terrorism of racial violence as “sacred rights”. We will not be made to live in terror because of the insensitive and ill informed actions of the person elected to represent us.”
Shannon Fabert is running for the Democratic nomination in the 4th Congressional District of Kentucky. Her website and contact information can be found here: Fabert2020.org.