Prescriptions and quackery from the Oval Office; where do the congressional candidates stand?

As we get closer to, but at least six feet away from, the June 23rd special election and Republican primary in the New York’s 27th District, we are being bombarded by commentary and medical advice emanating from the Oval Office.  The president who plays a doctor on TV just loves how much attention his every word gets.

Donald Trump and his medical advisors at Fox News spent weeks promoting a cure for the coronavirus, hydroxychloroquine. You can probably find a greatest hits re-wind somewhere on YouTube which has Trump, Pence, Hannity, Ingraham, Pirro, Carlson and the stars of Fox and Friends telling you about this wonder drug over and over and over again.  Sales of the drug spiked.  Until the drug promoters all, in sync, stopped pushing it. Continue reading

Running for office during a pandemic

Under the best of circumstances running for office is never an easy proposition. There is a campaign plan to develop, money to raise, volunteers to recruit and organize.  You might also need to spend some time on an issue platform.  So much to do, so little time.

The coronavirus pandemic that the country and the world are experiencing adds many more complications. Petitioning and door-to-door campaigning is out.  So are rallies and fundraising events.  For some campaigns TV advertising and social media advertising will serve as the main means of communicating with voters, along with some traditional snail mail. Continue reading