California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, really put his neck out and bucked his party line when he expressed opposition to California's strangling vaccine laws. See below.
Dan Olmsted was adamant that AofA is apolitical. And as a non-profit entity we have to be. But we are humans. And most of us (waving to John Stone) are American voters. I grew up in Massachusetts and am a New Englander. It has broken my heart to watch liberal states, blue states like my home, ignore, belittle and crush those of us who want vaccination choice. My daughters need so many services. As a generalization, the Democrats pay for social services more willingly than Republicans. But the Republican party has been more amenable to healthcare choice over the years. It's a real quandary for me every time I step into the voting booth. I hope that more politicians follow Governor Newsom's brave lead. Maybe he just followed his heart? May others speak out for AMERICAN rights which know no party.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday he’s concerned about having government officials sign off on vaccine exemptions, arguing those decisions should be made between patients and doctors without government involvement.
“I’m a parent. I don’t want someone that the governor of California appointed to make a decision for my family,” he told reporters after his speech at the California Democratic Party Convention.
Although he didn’t mention the bill explicitly, his comments indicate he doesn’t support a bill by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, that would require the California Department of Public Health to sign off on doctors’ medical exemption requests. If the Legislature passes the bill, it would need Newsom’s signature to become law.