Sen. Bill Cassidy said he disagrees with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ opposition to mask mandates in schools.
“I do disagree with Gov. DeSantis. The local officials should have control here,” the Louisiana Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Cassidy, a physician, added that “when it comes to local conditions if my hospital is full, and my vaccination rate is low and the infection rate is going crazy, we should allow local officials to make those decisions best for their community.”
DeSantis has pushed to curb mask mandates in schools despite the rise of the highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant. His policies have created a feud with the White House, with President Joe Biden telling him and other governors resisting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to “get out of the way.”
In Florida, Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing and about 95 percent of hospitalizations are people who are unvaccinated. Still, the Republican governor has vowed to continue to fight any cities or municipalities that issue restrictions like mask mandates or lockdowns.
Asked by CNN host Dana Bash if DeSantis is playing politics with the pandemic, Cassidy said, “I don’t know if he’s trying to play politics. I try not to guess people’s motives.”
“I will say,” Cassidy continued, “politicians should not kind of carte blanche accept what the public health doctor says, but they shouldn’t just gratuitously ignore it either.”
“There has to be a balance there,” he added. “And whenever politicians mess with public health, usually it doesn’t work out well for public health. And ultimately, it doesn’t work out for the politician because public health suffers and the American people want public health.”
- I am conservative and I think you govern best when close to the people being governed
- The people at the School Boards see that the schools have the best opportunity of staying open through the School year by placing in mandates and thus lessen the chance of students missing another school year, I think you listen to them.
- That is the conservative principle
- I don’t want top-down from Washington DC. I don’t want top-down from the Governor’s Office
- National Defense, Yes
- My Hospital is full
- My vaccination is low
- The Infection Rate is going crazy
- We should allow local authorities to make decisions
- “I will say,” Cassidy continued, “politicians should not kind of carte blanche accept what the public health doctor says, but they shouldn’t just gratuitously ignore it either.”
- “There has to be a balance there,” he added. “And whenever politicians mess with public health, usually it doesn’t work out well for public health. And ultimately, it doesn’t work out for the politician because public health suffers and the American people want public health.”
- Dr. Bill Cassidy is a United States Senator for Louisiana.
- US Senator, Louisiana
- Dr. Bill Cassidy, 2014
- John Neely Kennedy, 2017
- And, as such, Dr. Bill Cassidy is the senior senator
- US Senator, Louisiana
- Bill Cassidy grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Louisiana State University (LSU)
- Bill attended Louisiana State University ( LSU ) for undergraduate
- He also attended the same school, LSU, for medical school
- Community Clinic
- In 1990, Bill joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl K. Long Hospital, a hospital for the uninsured.
- During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured.
- Bill created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents.
- Hurricane Katrina
- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.
United States House of Representatives
In 2008, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District.
In 2014, he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
- Re-elected to US Senate in 2020
- Bill is married to Dr. Laura Cassidy and they have three children
- Laura is a retired general surgeon specializing in breast cancer
- She helped found a public charter school to teach children with dyslexia
- Bill, Laura, and their family attend church at the Chapel on the Campus