Lt. Governor Dan Forest’s campaign for governor has doubled down on plans to continue holding in-person fundraising events. In a brief interview with WXII, Forest himself said that his campaign strategy would be “a lot more of this,” meaning in-person fundraisers. Over the course of the past few weeks, Forest has held multiple events that scores of people attended, often without masks and packed closely together.
Public health experts have affirmed the role that masks play in helping to slow the spread of the virus, and Governor Cooper instituted a statewide mask mandate in June. Forest has disputed masks multiple times, without evidence, whether masks are effective in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
The Cooper Campaign released a new ad highlighting the “risk” of a Forest governorship as he continues holding events that put the health of himself and his supporters at risk. “We can’t risk him being governor,” the voiceover says.