Sima Ladjevardian and One of the 100 Houston Doctors Hold Dan Crenshaw Accountable on Houston Public Media
HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, Sima Ladjevardian and Dr. Christina Propst, organizer of the 100 Houston Doctors lettercondemning Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s COVID-19 response, spoke with Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider about the health care crisis their community is facing and the congressman’s role in downplaying this pandemic.
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By Andrew Schneider
September 14, 2020
Such divisions are on full display in another closely watched congressional race in the Houston area: Texas' 2nd Congressional District, where Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw is running for reelection.
Crenshaw is an outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act. He's drawn heavy criticism from Democrats for that, especially from his opponent, attorney and breast cancer survivor Sima Ladjevardian.
"We live in a state that pretty much before the pandemic one out of five Texans didn't have health care, and now it's one out of three. So, it is extremely personal to me," Ladjevardian said. "I think we need to make sure that it's a human right, and we have to make sure that there is universal, high-quality health care for everyone."
Ladjevardian has accused Crenshaw of not taking the pandemic seriously enough. Her supporters have gone a step further: A group of more than 100 doctors have circulated a letter accusing Crenshaw of spreading misleading information about the virus.
"This was at a time in July when numbers were really surging, cases of COVID-19 in the Houston area, Texas as a whole were skyrocketing, and yet it certainly appeared in the media and in social media that the severity and the concern over the pandemic was being downplayed and really diminished, in particular by U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw," said Dr. Christina Propst, a pediatrician who helped organize the letter.
Towards the end of the story, Andrew Schneider spoke with Congressman Crenshaw. He said the following:
"I'm the guy who actually bought 50,000 masks back in March or April, when it was really hard to get masks, and distributed them throughout the community," Crenshaw said. "So, for all the talk and tweeting that my opponent does, she's one of the richest people in Houston, she easily could have done something like that but never did."
In response, Sima Ladjevardian said the following:
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, 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.