Rep. Harley Rouda, a California Democrat, is slamming his Republican challenger for wearing a face mask while conducting official business.
Rouda, elected in 2018 to a coastal seat long held by Republicans, on Tuesday derided Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel during a meeting of the five-member body on which she serves. Steel is running for Rouda’s seat, emerging under California’s all-party primary as a Republican alternative in November.
“You can’t make this up: @MichelleSteelCA and her colleagues are standing in masks…refusing to create workplace safety provisions that would give masks to our brave essential workers. This isn’t leadership — it’s reserving the lifeboat for yourself,” Rouda tweeted from his campaign account while Congress is out of session amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Steel shot back on Twitter at saying, “No, @HarleyRouda What’s shameful is your continued efforts to politicize this pandemic. This is a picture of me accepting 2,000 face masks for the county’s emergency health workers.”