Gov's spokesperson sparks controversy over COVID tweet

Posted at 7:36 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 08:36:08-05

LINCOLN, NE — Governor Pete Ricketts' spokesperson, Taylor Gage, generated ire from many in the state's medical community after he posted a tweet accusing some area doctors, all women and all virus experts, of being politically motivated in expressing their concerns about what is needed to be done to control the coronavirus in Nebraska.

On Sunday, Gage posted screen grabs from 3 doctors who had retweeted congratulations to Joe Biden, and then said in his tweet "Many of the folks leading the social media campaign targeting @GovRicketts also seem to share similar political views."

The overwhelming response to that tweet was negative, with many members of the medical community and some politicians coming to the doctors' defense, saying their concern is over the safety and health of Nebraskans, and not an attack on the governor.

Gage did not directly respond to the criticism, issuing a statement saying everyone has a right to express their opinions, and noting that Governor Ricketts plans on holding a series of press conferences this week to address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

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