MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS NEWSLETTER
April 20, 2020
WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
In the last few weeks and months, we’ve seen how COVID-19 has changed our lives, affected our employment, shut down our tourism industry throughout Western North Carolina and even impacted our personal interactions with friends and family
But let’s not allow it to change who we are.
What makes us Mountain Strong is our character in the face of this pandemic. It’s how we reach out and find ways to help one another in times of need. And the need has never been so great.
So take some time, if you can, to check on neighbors and friends to see if they are in need. Check in on the elderly as well, because they are most at risk. Let people know they can call 2-1-1 to find assistance in their area.
See what you can do to help.
We are in this together. Let’s work together to get through it.
WE MUST FIX IT
Remember when Donald Trump declared “I alone can fix it” during the Republican National Convention in 2016? Look at where we are today. Over 40,000 dead and counting, with more than 750,000 Americans infected with COVID-19. There is clear evidence he was made aware of the danger in January if not earlier, but brushed it off for too long.
His decisions have cost lives.
Now we hear reports the federal government is essentially hijacking desperately needed supplies of personal protection equipment paid for by states and hospitals. And as Republicans rage against the economic shutdown that is slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives, Trump is turning this once-in-a-century pandemic into another opportunity to divide this country for his benefit.
Do we need any more evidence that change is desperately needed in our country? Do you need any more evidence for you to personally get involved in the most important election in your lifetime and vote for new leadership up and down the ballot?
Talk to your neighbors, your friends, your family about Moe. Volunteer to phone bank or send postcards. Share our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere. Spread the word.
To those you know who believe all politicians are alike, explain the differences between Moe and the other candidates running for Congress in the 11th District.
Lynda Bennett, one of the two Republicans in a runoff to face Moe in November, posted last week that her first act as a member of Congress would be to “make China pay for COVID-19.” This demonstrates a complete lack of understanding and depth of knowledge of foreign relations.
Throwing an international hissy fit is not effective policy … as we’ve seen time and again from the White House. Attacking China, instead of working with all nations of the world to fight the pandemic together, will cost lives.
The reality: The entire world is searching for a vaccine for the coronavirus and there’s every possibility that China will be the country that discovers it. Burning our bridges with China right now could affect our access to that vaccine.
Moe Davis spent 25 years in the Air Force, was Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, Senior Specialist in national security and division head for the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division at the Congressional Research Service. Now, more than ever, that experience is invaluable in Washington.
We can’t keep electing amateurs. We need people with knowledge, experience and leadership ability representing us.
That means getting out the vote is Job One for everyone, including you.
MOE DAVIS CALLS ON NAVY TO REINSTATE CAPTAIN CROZIER
When Moe was a Colonel in the Air Force and Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, he implemented a policy that prosecutors would not use evidence obtained by torture. Rear Admiral (retired) James McPherson was The Judge Advocate General of the Navy when Moe established the policy and Admiral McPherson supported it.
Later, after Admiral McPherson had retired, superiors above Moe in the chain of command directed him to use torture-derived evidence. He refused and resigned his post. It was the right thing to do, both morally and legally. As he has said many times before, it’s always the right time to do the right thing.
That’s what Navy Captain Brett Crozier did as well. As members of his crew on the USS Theodore Roosevelt fell ill with COVID-19, and as his superiors were not acting on his request to partially evacuate the ship to prevent further infections, he went above his chain of command. He wrote an email to the Naval hierarchy – subsequently leaked to the media – asking for the evacuation to prevent the further spread of the infection.
Captain Crozier did the right thing for his crew. His actions, which ultimately led to the evacuation of the Roosevelt, likely saved lives. Nevertheless, he was fired to appease a president intent on creating the appearance that he was in control of a pandemic that was already raging aboard the ship and throughout the country. As many as 660 sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt have since tested positive for COVID-19.
Moe has joined over 500,000 in signing a petition demanding that Captain Crozier, who became infected with COVID-19 and is now battling the illness, be reinstated as commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Admiral McPherson, who was on the right side of the torture issue years ago, now serves as the Acting Secretary of the Navy.
Now is the right time for Secretary McPherson to do the right thing.
PLEASE APPLY FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT
Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and how it could impact voting in November, we are urging everyone in the 11th District to apply to vote by absentee ballot. You can go to this link for an application, which can be submitted now.
Voters have until Oct. 27 to request an absentee ballot, but we would recommend it be submitted well in advance so that the State Board of Elections isn’t inundated at the last minute and there isn’t any delay in getting the ballot back in time.
Reminder, you don’t have to vote by absentee ballot if you apply. But it is a great back-up if there are any disruptions and a reduction in polling locations due to the pandemic.
MOE TALKS, WEEK 4
Don’t forget to catch Moe Talks Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall today at 12:30 p.m. Moe will answer your questions — all you have to do is ask! Please send questions to [email protected] or you can contact us via message on our campaign Facebook page.
We are going to be hosting virtual town halls for several weeks on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m., and perhaps as long as the stay-home order is in place in North Carolina and it is not safe to gather in large groups. You can sign up on our Facebook campaign page @MoeDavisforCongress for notifications of live broadcasts as well.
Please take a moment to “like” and “follow” our Facebook campaign page.
CAN WE ASK A FAVOR?
We have tried to pick up our many campaign signs around the 11th District, but it is inevitable we will miss some.
If you happen to notice a sign in your area, please take a moment to pick it up. Let us know you have it and we will arrange to get it back. Or feel free to plant them in your front yard or at a business you own.
Stay home. Stay safe.