Lt. Gov and wannabe U.S. Representative Molly Gray proudly tweeted out the above photo, writing that she was meeting “with the Central VT Chamber of Commerce on this moment of tremendous opportunity and how we can work in partnership to recover stronger from COVID-19.”
Lovely. Leadership and collaboration in action to tackle a tough issue.
See anything wrong with that photo?
Well, it’s an indoor space, and nobody seems to be wearing masks. Maybe they’re skating by on the technicality that it’s a lunch meeting, but I don’t see anybody eating or drinking. Gray certainly isn’t.
This isn’t the end of the world or anything, and I wasn’t going to write about it until I realized that this meeting was in the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.
That would be the city with the mask mandate for indoor public spaces.
Such as this conference room.
I believe this is the same Molly Gray who’s called for indoor masking. Oh wait, here it is, from an interview with WAMC Radio: “…we need to continue to encourage Vermonters and Americans to get vaccinated, to get their boosters, and to wear a mask when they’re inside.”
Except when you’re talking to important people, I guess? Potential campaign donors, hmm? Is it harder to make your pitch if they can’t see the anodyne expression on your face?
And here’s another one that’s a bit more specific.
…her spokesperson, Andrew Gillespie, wrote in a brief email that Gray “continues to support all measures necessary to keep Vermonters safe and to decrease community spread, including a statewide masking policy, expanded access to testing with rapid results, as well as vaccinations and boosters for all eligible Vermonters.”
That’s from a November story by VTDigger’s Lola Duffort about a call for a mask mandate from top Democratic leaders. Gillespie clearly states that Gray favors “a statewide masking policy.” Admittedly, he doesn’t specify what kind of policy. Maybe she’d like a policy of mandating masks in indoor public spaces except when it’s inconvenient.
I should mention that House Speaker Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint both gave interviews to Duffort. Gray did not, and all her office produced was “a brief email.”
Well, maybe she was busy. Doing lieutenant-governy stuff, whatever that is.
Molly Gray isn’t the first politician who proves to be a hypocrite. She’s not the first one to actually boast about it on her social media feed. But c’mon, Gray’s Achilles heel is her almost complete lack of policy positions. She rarely takes a stand. And in this case, when she has taken a stand, she can’t even follow her own advice.
Thank you for pointing out hypocrisy on the Democratic side as well. I will be looking else where in the primary….
And it is off topic but I hope you write about the current mask mandate mess shitshow in the Legislative branch. Bunch of cowards.
I hope this carless lack of respect and leadership shows Vermonters the true Molly. From refusing to show up and vote for 10? years, to an utter disregard for the own public health policies she claims to support – Vermont deserves so much better. She is nothing more than a continuation of the status quo that will continue to self serve and put donors and special interests before the people they claim to represent.
Quick search (not being partisan here, these are what come up and I’m not going to spend any more time trying to find credible sources, if anyone can tell anyway what’s credible in the news these days):
https://fee.org/articles/these-12-high-profile-politicians-got-caught-violating-their-own-covid-rules/ (same story as above, they added 4)
Seem there’s something going around…
All of these sources are decidedly right-wing, and hence not particularly credible.
Ummmm yah, I wasn’t going to vote for her anyway in the primary but this is nice icing on the cake of my resolve.
So, John, the only credible sources are from the left wing media?
No, from the objective media.