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House leaders respond to Gov. Wolf's comments on reopening: 'That is not cowardice; it is patriotism'

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Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said that “name calling is beneath the dignity of the office of the governor” in their response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s comments Monday on reopening efforts across Pennsylvania.

Gov. Tom Wolf lashed out Monday in response to leaders in several counties — including Dauphin and Lebanon — who have indicated that they will move to the yellow phase of the coronavirus recovery efforts before the state officially moves them there.

Wolf said the state and its residents are in the middle of a war, and that business owners who open before it is safe and the politicians who encourage it are “choosing to desert in the face of the enemy.”

He added: “The politicians who are encouraging the people who they were elected to lead to quit the fight are acting in a most cowardly way.”

Here is the full statement by House Republican leaders.

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“Name calling is beneath the dignity of the office of the governor.

“Millions of Pennsylvanians are unemployed, millions more have children who are not being adequately educated and many others are watching their livelihoods fall apart while they have waited weeks for a failed unemployment compensation system to help. Our residents have been trying desperately to get the governor’s attention; however, he has not been listening.

“It is never wrong to lift the voices of concerned constituents. In fact, it is the duty of every elected official to do so. That is not cowardice; it is patriotism. 

“The governor often touts jobs that pay, schools that teach and government that works. Well today, Pennsylvanians are hurting, and the governor is not delivering on any of those promises.”