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Skarlatos Refuses Once Again to Answer for his Opposition to COVID Relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- October 12, 2020
Contact: Katrina Martell (214) 229-3610 or [email protected]

When asked recently about stimulus aid by KEZI reporter Jillian Smukler and KVAL reporter Angelina Dixson, Skarlatos dodged both reporters’ questions

Eugene, Oregon— When asked to answer for his opposition to stimulus aid on Friday by KEZI reporter Jillian Smukler, Skarlatos dodged the question as he did earlier in the week when KVAL reporter Angelina Dixson asked for comment. Despite the reported uptick in COVID cases in our state, OR-04 Republican candidate Alek Skarlatos still refuses to answer for his alarming comments opposing another round of federal pandemic relief for struggling families, small businesses, and frontline workers, including stimulus checks, federal unemployment, funding for schools and more. Skarlatos first stated his opposition to another round of federal pandemic relief at the Rotary Club of Eugene on September 22.

“Skarlatos remains silent while Oregon workers and families struggle from the pandemic, calculating how long they can make it on limited current savings, unemployment, and federal relief,” said Carly Gabrielson, DeFazio for Congress Campaign Manager. “Skarlatos has been avoiding the issues, hiding from voters that he wants to repeal their affordable health care, including protections for preexisting conditions, deny COVID relief to individuals, hospitals and small businesses reeling from the pandemic and eliminate the minimum wage. Voters deserve to know where candidates stand on the issues. Whether you agree or disagree with him, you know where Congressman DeFazio stands. ”

On Friday, when KEZI reporter Jillian Smukler asked about whether Skarlatos support additional pandemic relief [at video timestamp 1:29], Alek again refused to answer for his comments. Smukler reported, “DeFazio helped pass a '2.2 trillion dollar pandemic relief bill' last week,” continuing on to state, “The campaign didn't answer whether Skarlatos supports more support for pandemic relief.”

On Thursday, when KVAL reporter Angelina Dixson asked about a future COVID-19 package, Congressman DeFazio responded to questions, while Alek hid, “We would like a more comprehensive package. The big hang-up is 20 right wing senators. And people like my opponent, like Alek Skarlatos, who is tying himself to Ted Cruz, who is the leader to saying, 'no more assistance to people.' Skarlatos said people don't need any more help, everything is just fine," said DeFazio. ”

Dixson then stated, “We reached out to Skarlatos and his team Wednesday, and have yet to hear back.”

Congressman DeFazio has been fighting to make sure Oregonians have the resources they need to get through the pandemic. Since securing the first round of bipartisan aid, including stimulus checks, federal unemployment benefits, and small business relief for Oregonians, the OR-04 Congressman has not stopped fighting for more resources for our district and most recently helped write and voted yes on the Heroes 2.0 Act, which builds on past packages and increases the federal share for FEMA Disaster Assistance to help Oregonians impacted by wildfires. Meanwhile, Alek Skarlatos continues to dodge reporters' questions on issues that matter most, because he does not want voters to know what he really thinks. If elected, he would not support further COVID assistance and allow workers, families, and business owners across Oregon to continue suffering from the consequences of the current Administration's hobbled response to the pandemic.

Posted on October 12, 2020 in Press Releases.

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