Sima Ladjevardian Praises Abbott’s Mask Order, Proving Dan Crenshaw Was Dead Wrong

July 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order mandating mask-wearing in "public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.”

In response, TX-02 Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian issued the following statement:

“Governor Abbott’s order is a complete and total repudiation of the lies that Congressman Crenshaw told Texans for months. Wearing a mask does work and Dan Crenshaw’s disinformation was dead wrong. He blatantly lied to his constituents and endangered Houston’s families, and we’re going to hold him accountable come November.”

On Tuesday, the Sima for Texas campaign unveiled a new digital video attacking Congressman Dan Crenshaw for spreading disinformation and endangering the health of Texas families. The video — “Dan in Denial” — features a compilation of Crenshaw’s most damaging comments in direct contrast to the advice of public health experts and state officials.

As recently as late March, Crenshaw vocally denied that masks could safeguard the public from the spread of COVID-19, and referred to Harris County’s mask safety measures as "draconian" and "fear-mongering." Now, as public health officials have debunked that claim, he continues to recklessly endanger the public as Houston’s medical community carries the burden.

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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 Ladjevardian Praises Abbott’s Mask Order, Proving Dan Crenshaw Was Dead Wrong