Atlanta, GA – As of October 6, the Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed 7,229 deaths in the state from COVID-19. While families across the state have been forced to say goodbye to their loved ones in the midst of great emotional and financial stress, unelected Senator Kelly Loeffler decided to add insult to injury with a grossly insensitive tweet that minimizes both the loss that so many Georgians have felt as well the real danger the pandemic continues to pose.
Georgia families are struggling to keep their lights on and put food on the table. Veterans are in constant distress. Parents cannot even ensure their child’s safety on a bus ride to school. Many educators have been forced to choose between their livelihoods and the health of their family and for many others, the pandemic has cost them their lives. Rather than protecting the people she was called on to serve, Senator Loeffler only seeks to leave them more vulnerable, condoning irresponsible behavior and voting to support a GOP lawsuit that would strip health care protections from 1.8 million Georgians.
Unlike his opponents, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock will remember every Georgian who has lost their life and livelihood to the pandemic and honor them through his words and his actions, including expanding access to quality, affordable care for all Georgians.
“While Senator Loeffler may be quick to champion the unprecedented level of care President Trump has been able to receive, she fails to do the same for the nearly 30,000 Georgians also hospitalized for COVID-19,” said Warnock for Georgia spokesperson Ralph Jones Jr. “Kelly says she does not owe anyone in Washington a thing, but she does owe Georgians leadership that places them above party pandering, and she has come up woefully short. She may be able to look past the real human cost of this pandemic in Georgia, but Reverend Warnock refuses to look the other way while communities across the state suffer. As our next Senator, he will ensure Washington doesn’t overlook the needs of everyday Georgians.”
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fourteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
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