VIDEO: Dem Lawmaker Rips GOP for Admitting to Hiding COVID-19 Positive Test

Rebekah Sager
May 28, 2020 - 7:25 am

Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, posted a blistering video on Facebook Wednesday accusing House Republicans of knowingly exposing them to COVID-19, all while advocating for a safe reopening of the state.

"Every single day of this crisis this State Government Committee in Pennsylvania has met so that their members could line up one after one after one and explain that it was safe to go back to work," he said. "During that time period they were testing positive. They were notifying one another. And they didn’t notify us."

"I never ever, ever knew that the Republican leadership of this state would put so many of us at risk for partisanship to cover up a lie," he said during the nearly 12-minute tirade. "And that lie is that we're all safe from COVID."

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Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, retorted in his own Facebook post, claiming that he informed a small number of people of his diagnosis in order to protect their privacy, and that he was only in close proximity to a handful of house colleagues.

"It’s mostly a ghost town here," he said of the state Capitol in Harrisburg. "I only interacted with a couple of people. I did what I needed to do to protect their privacy. They’ve had time to get their test and all those things."