PHOENIX – Despite President Trump’s own admission that he deliberately worked to block money to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in order to hamper mail-in votes for the Presidential election, Arizona Republican Congressional leaders are still reading the old script.
This weekend, Rep. Paul Gosar defended the changes to the USPS and baselessly accused Democrats of conspiring to create problems with the upcoming election. Gosar then voted against this weekend’s bill that would stop the USPS from disrupting mail service.
While Gosar claims to be working to strengthen the Arizona economy, he doesn’t appear to grasp that a strong postal service is crucial to economic recovery. A 2019 report found that 70% of micro-businesses had utilized the USPS within the previous six months. During the pandemic, the USPS has become even more vital for businesses to stay afloat but the National Small Business Association polled its members and found that 60% have experienced serious shipping delays through the USPS.
Compounding the crisis further, hundreds of thousands of Arizona votes are at risk if mail gets delayed this November. At least three mail sorting machines have been taken out of service at the Phoenix Processing and Distribution facility and Arizona veterans have been impacted as the Department of Veterans Affairs was forced to find alternative ways to ship mail-order prescriptions for patients.
“The economy is in crisis and mail-in ballots are at risk. Yet Rep. Gosar is more interested in keeping the USPS debilitated so that he can appease the President, small businesses and Arizonans’ votes be damned,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “If Arizonans in CD4 want doctored photos they should turn to Rep. Gosar, but if they want smart, effective leadership during this crisis they should vote for Delina DiSanto.”