Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin who will replace Democrat Ralph Northam in January, and ran on the promise of giving CHOICE back to Virginians, failed to mention that vaccine Mandates weren’t part of the deal.
Youngkin said that while he will not mandate requirements as governor, it will be up to local authorities to decide whether to implement COVID-19 safety measures. Sorry Glenn, you either support mandates or you don’t. You can’t play both sides.
“Localities are going to have to make decisions the way the law works, and that is going to be up to individual decisions. But, again, from the governor’s office, you won’t see mandates from me,” Youngkin said in an interview this past weekend, according to TV station WRIC.
Youngkin has decided to break from Party norm, as his comments are not in line with other Republican heavyweights, such as Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who have issued executive orders to block local governments from issuing any COVID mandates.
Despite Youngkin’s attitude towards vaccines, he will not be implementing a vaccine mandate that the outgoing Governor had previously put in place for state employees. However, Glenn’s stance on leaving it up to communities to decide is no better in my book, and if I voted for Youngkin, I would be highly disappointed in his stance.
“I’ve gotten the vaccine; my family has gotten the vaccine. It’s the best way for people to keep themselves safe. And I, in fact, have asked everyone in Virginia to please get the vaccine. But I don’t think we should mandate it,” Youngkin said during a debate in September, according to CNN.
I’ll be very interested to see how Youngkin voters accept this bait and switch tactic, unless of course he made it very clear during the campaign trail that when he promised to give CHOICE back to Virginian’s that he was only referring to Education.