Sickening: Rouda Sinks to New Low in Politicization of Pandemic

Congressman who fired woman with cancer because he didn’t want to pay health care uses death of Orange County residents as political weapon 

Huntington Beach, CA – Orange County is waking up to a Congressman who refuses to do his job and support a bipartisan COVID relief package, but instead spent the night on Twitter skirting his responsibilities and attacking the local leaders working together to manage the devastating COVID-19 crisis. 

Accomplishing what many thought impossible, Congressman Harley Rouda sunk to a new low on social media by posting a sickening tweet using the death of 32 Orange County residents as a political weapon against Michelle Steel.
 
In the sickening tweet, Rouda used an L.A. Times story on the deaths of 32 Orange County residents from COVID-19 to blame Michelle Steel for those deaths claiming, “@MichelleSteelCA has failed to protect us.”
 
“In his desperate quest to be re-elected, Congressman Rouda has sunk to a new low by using the deaths of 32 innocent Orange County residents as a political weapon,” Michelle Steel said. “It’s sickening and it’s wrong – he should be ashamed of himself.”
 
As Steel along with numerous county workers and other professionals have worked to help families, businesses and workers battle the pandemic, Rouda has consistently sought to undermine and gum up their work all for a political edge. 
 
Rouda’s tweet today is particularly ironic given he was sued and lost for firing a woman with cancer because he didn’t want to pay for her health care. 
 
“Usually a congressman would seek to help their local officials, particularly during a pandemic, not weaponize it for their own political gain as Congressman Rouda has consistently done – it’s unfortunate and our citizens deserve better.” Steel said.

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