Well that did not take long.
Coronavirus is becoming the hot-button issue for 2020 and here in Orange County it has manifested itself in a series of overtly political attempts to use the virus as a means to attack a political opponent.
Today, freshman Congressman, Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach), took to Twitter in an attempt to disparage his opponent Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.
It’s easy for @HarleyRouda to sit and snipe from the sidelines. Since @HarleyRouda‘s focus is always on raising taxes, he likely doesn’t understand only the governor can move the property tax deadline and only the OC Tax Collector can waive penalties (which I’ve asked her to do). https://t.co/a66i3gnGhT
— Michelle Steel (@MichelleSteelCA) April 7, 2020
This comes as little surprise to most political observers who just last month saw a video partisan grandstanding by Rep. Harley Rouda used by the Chinese Communist Government’s propaganda machine to spread conspiracy theories about American soldiers brining the virus to China.
Rouda’s comments and the use of the video we’re so egregious it prompted the United States Pentagon to condemn the tweet below:
As a global crisis, COVID-19 shd be an area of cooperation between nations. Instead, the Communist Party of China has chosen to promulgate false & absurd conspiracy theories about the origin of COVID-19 blaming U.S. service members. #ChinaPropaganda https://t.co/gAkhEtlEfr
— Alyssa Farah (@PentagonPresSec) March 13, 2020
This latest salvo between Rouda and Steel is no doubt as a result of the razor-thin outcome in the March 2020 Primary Election that saw Rouda only garner 43.5% of the vote.