In case you missed it, former Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble is out with a scathing Arizona Mirror opinion column calling out GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich’s “irresponsible” and “unprofessional” role in spreading misinformation and questioning the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.
As first reported last week by KPHO-TV/KTVK-TV, Brnovich recently claimed at a local GOP event that there is no point to getting vaccinated due to breakthrough infections. Brnovich’s anti-vaccine comments come as he’s faced repeated scrutiny and criticism for using his taxpayer-funded office to advance his political career.
By: Will Humble | September 24, 2021
- “Last week, Biden announced that, to get more people vaccinated and prevent unnecessary illness and death, he is asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to require businesses with more than 100 staff be vaccinated or get tested weekly. His proposal was so sensible that many of the nation’s most well-known business leaders backed him. After all, businesses want to have a healthy and productive workforce.”
- “But Biden’s proposal was a bridge too far for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. He immediately filed a legal challenge to the OSHA regulations that haven’t even been written down yet. On its face, it looked more like a ploy to be invited on Fox News. (Brnovich is vying for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in next year’s election.)”
- “At a GOP event last week, Brnovich questioned the need for anyone to get vaccinated. Because people who have gotten the vaccine are getting infected by Delta, he said, ‘What’s the point of the vaccine?’”
- “Well, sir, the point of the vaccine is to protect us from a virus that’s taken the lives of nearly 20,000 Arizonans in the past 18 months. Your decision to undermine the vaccine and peddle misinformation is grossly irresponsible and unprofessional. The people who follow your direction and avoid the vaccine could easily die because of your recklessness.”
- “You may think spreading misinformation will win you a few more votes in next year’s Republican primary, but at what cost?”
Read the full column here.