For the second time, Helena’s Democrat officials are asking the Republican-led legislature not to show up for work. But this is 100% about saving lives and isn’t political at all.
Just kidding. It’s very, very political.
The Helena City Commission, the Lewis and Clark County Commission, and the mayors of Helena and East Helena sent harassing correspondence this week to legislative leadership as well as incoming governor, Greg Gianforte. Apparently, 150 legislators coming into town will kill everyone.
The letter says, “…protect our community and those around the state from unnecessary disease transmission. Where possible, have as many people as feasible participate virtually, limiting the number of people at the Capitol at any given time. For those participating in-person, follow public health guidance: wear face coverings, physical distance, and follow proper sanitation protocols.” It follows up on the letter sent first by Lewis & Clark’s Democrat health nurse who is sure that political activity spreads COVID-19 worse than commerce somehow.
A survey of the party affiliation of those who sent the letter might be worthwhile.
Helena Mayor (Wilmot Collins) is a Democrat.
East Helena Mayor (James Schell) is a Democrat.
Lewis & Clark Commissioner Andy Hunthausen is a Democrat.
Helena City Commissioner Andres Haladay is a Democrat.
Helena City Commissioner Emily Dean is a Democrat.
Helena city Commissioner Heather O’Loughlin is a Democrat.
This isn’t a coincidence. Although two Republicans are of the number among those who sent the letter (two Lewis & Clark commissioners), their names are certainly not as prominent as others.
If the mayors of Helena and East Helena want to continue to lobby the state legislature not to convene in person, legislators might want to consider taking them up on the suggestion to avoid Helena and convene in Billings or Great Falls instead and ultimately move the seat of state government for good to a place that’s less insufferable.