GOV of Arizona Claims Smear Attack After Photo of him Attending Mask-Less Party Emerges
To say Arizona is having a difficult time with COVID-19 would be an understatement. There have been nearly 125,000 cases in the state with July being a particular troublesome month. While Governor Doug Ducey has placed some restrictions on residents, the state’s mayors are pleading for more.
And Ducey may not even be willing to follow the restrictions he is recommending. A photograph on Twitter showed a mask-less Ducey at a well attended graduation party.
The picture, shared by user Carter Santini, was simply captioned, “Governor Ducey, that’s not social distancing.”
Doug Ducey should probably resign and not come back to Arizona pic.twitter.com/1LTMi1d5LP
— carter 🌹 (@retraCtheJD) July 12, 2020
The Governor’s office claims that the photo is from a month ago. Ducey’s Chief of Staff Daniel Scarpinato said, “This was a smear attack that was factually incorrect to create an illusion that the governor was out over Fourth of July weekend. It was a family event. It was a graduation, and he stopped by to say ‘happy graduation.’”
The governor, however, has recently claimed that graduation parties have contributed to the wild spread of the virus. In mid-June, he said, “For months and months, I did not know anyone personally that had contracted COVID-19. But just recently, I know a lot of people that have contracted this. And I want to tell you where they contracted it: at graduation parties, at private gatherings in homes.”