Houston doctors protest Rep. Dan Crenshaw over his coronavirus lies
And a look at Rep. Ilhan Omar's primary challenge
|Rachel Cohen||Jul 21, 2020|
Doctors tend not to be the most political bunch. (Their professional associations, however, lobby on health care policy all the time.) But generally speaking, in a well-intentioned effort to keep partisan fights out of hospitals and to not alienate any patients, most medical professionals try to come off as politically neutral as possible.
So it was a very big deal last week when over 100 doctors, medical professionals, and emergency room physicians in Houston signed a letter condemning Republican Rep. Daniel Crenshaw for spreading so much misinformation about COVID-19. Houston has been having an outbreak of cases over the last two months, and their freshman Congressman, a stalwart defender of the president, has been downplaying the severity of the crisis and undermining public health directives.
I covered this letter for The Intercept, where the medical workers beg their federal representative to change course. I also interviewed a pediatrician who helped spearhead the effort.
In Minnesota, Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing her first election as a Congressional incumbent. She’s well-positioned to win, but she does have one primary opponent who has launched a credible challenge and has raised buckets of money. Just as controversy around Israel/Palestine and the Jewish community have been high-profile aspects of Omar’s first term in Washington, national pro-Israel groups have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to unseat her. I reported a story for Jewish Currents on this race, and tried to flesh out some of the feelings of local Jewish constituents around all this.
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