Houston Chronicle: ‘Democrat Sima Ladjevardian Slams Houston Rep. Dan Crenshaw Over COVID Response’

HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, the Houston Chronicle reported on Sima Ladjevardian’s scathing, widely-covered “Doctors” TV ad and Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s defensive shift as his COVID-19 disinformation record is put on full display. Click here to watch the ad.


The latest news in Dan Crenshaw’s record of downplaying the virus and spreading misinformation about COVID-19 comes as Texas surpasses 16,000 coronavirus deaths, with Harris County accounting for the state’s highest death toll.


Click here for the full article, and see below for some key points.


Houston Chronicle: Democrat Sima Ladjevardian slams Houston Rep. Dan Crenshaw over COVID response

By Jeremy Wallace

October 1, 2020

  • With nearly 16,000 Texans dead from the coronavirus, it is no surprise that the response to the pandemic has become a focal point of campaign ads around the state as voters prepare to start heading to the polls in less than two weeks.

  • In her new ad running on cable and network television, Ladjevardian runs a video clip of Crenshaw from March in which he states wearing masks won’t help fight the spread of COVID-19.

  • Ladjevardian, a Houston lawyer, uses the clip to buttress an argument she’s been making for weeks that Crenshaw has not taken the deadly disease seriously enough.

  • In April, even after more communities in Texas tried to require masks, Crenshaw slammed Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s mask requirement in the state’s most populous county. Hidalgo’s order threatened to fine people up to $1,000 for failing to wear masks, something Crenshaw called “draconian.” Crenshaw favored “guidelines for masks in confined spaces” that could be “strongly promoted.”

  • And they point to instances in which Crenshaw has been seen in group settings not wearing a mask. In one case, Crenshaw attended a political fundraising event in August near Austin that was under investigation for violating rules on mass gatherings.

  • And they point to instances in which Crenshaw has been seen in group settings not wearing a mask. In one case, Crenshaw attended a political fundraising event in August near Austin that was under investigation for violating rules on mass gatherings.


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Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.

Sima has been added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program and endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, AAA Fund, Emgage PAC, Giffords PAC, Brady PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, NewDems Action Fund, Texas American Federation of Teachers, Foreign Policy for America, ASPIRE PAC, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julían Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, and Congresswoman Katie Porter.

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