Check out this picture of State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita speaking on the Senate floor on Friday:
Or this one of former Speaker of the Arizona House (now Senator) J.D. Mesnard:
Or Democratic Senate Leader David Bradley:
When the Arizona State Senate adjourned sine die on Friday on a 24 to 6 vote, those who watched the proceedings could tell who the Democrats and mainstream Republicans were and which individuals were part of the science-denying reactionary fringe populace.
The Democrats and mainstream Republicans (most of the majority of their caucus who voted to adjourn) were wearing masks to minimize exposure to the Coronavirus. The apparent Trump Zone-Fox Island-Disinfowars reactionary fringe members were not.
While one can make allowances for people to choose not to wear masks because of a person’s philosophical and ideological beliefs or their choice to deny the common sense of the science regarding disease prevention, no one can excuse the total lack of consideration for others, especially those with chronic health conditions, by attempting to prove a point (whatever that is) that results in potentially exposing fellow Senate members to danger.
State Senator Martin Quezada commented towards those not wearing masks:
“You could have been exposed. And now you’ve impacted me. And you could have impacted my elderly father who was filling up at the gas tank next to you.”
These fringe members of the old party of Lincoln should look at the current spread of the infection among the White House team to see how their science-denying lack of common sense maskless approach is not working well for them.
The Stable Genius in the Oval Office should look at it as well.
All legislative members, including those in the Arizona State House, should heed the words of Senator Lela Alston, who said in supporting the adjournment:
“Staying alive is more important than going back to work.”
It is really wrong that a fringe group of legislators are perfectly content to expose people to a potential safety hazard during a public health emergency just so they can promote legislation such as measures to suppress voter turnout.
The people expect more common sense and respect towards others from their public servants.