“While Governor Evers has continued to use science and data to guide his decisions, including in the decision to extend his “Safer at Home Order ” and in his attempt to delay the April primary, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has politicized the pandemic every step of the way.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm exceeded her authority and ruled to overturn Governor Evers’ “Safer at Home” extension through May 26th. In response, Congresswoman released the following statement:
First, their court forced Wisconsin residents to risk their health, their safety and their lives to exercise their right to vote. Unsurprisingly but still tragically, we are still seeing the impact of this decision now. There are at least 52 positive COVID-19 cases linked to the in-person primary.
Now, justices in the state Supreme Court are deliberately ignoring the fact that there are more than 10,000 positive COVID-19 cases in the state and more than 400 Wisconsinites have died. Wisconsin still lacks COVID-19 testing supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources because of the Trump administration’s
incompetence and delayed response to the current crisis.
Wisconsinites deserve a state Supreme Court that will honor their oath, not ones bent on partisan obstruction at the expense of the health, safety and wellbeing of us all.
Despite the court’s dangerous and careless decision, I will still adhere to Governor Evers’ order which follows the guidance of public health officials.
I still encourage individuals to continue staying home as much as possible, wear a facial covering when outside, and practice physical distancing from others.”