INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – A political action committee plans to head to the Indiana statehouse Tuesday. It’s led by a Libertarian candidate who garnered more than 10% of the vote in the Indiana Governor’s race. The group, Liberty is Essential, wants lawmakers to put an end to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s repeated emergency declarations as COVID-19 continues to spread.
“I know that you, just like me, are really happy that 2020 has come to an end. And I look forward to a much brighter 2021,” said Donald Rainwater.
Rainwater ran for governor in 2020 losing his bid but garnered a significant number of votes. He wants to bring an end to Indiana’s state of emergency. The governor put the emergency declaration into effect last march when the covid-19 pandemic began impacting our daily lives.
“In a public health emergency, and with the whether its funding or agency decisions, the buck stops at my desk. That is my responsibility.”
Rainwater says the emergency order strips Hoosiers of their basic freedoms. On Tuesday, he’ll be part of a protest and rally outside urging lawmakers end the governor’s almost ten month old mandate.
“It is time that narrative was put down. The only way we do that is to stand together,” he said.
Holcomb has extended the state of emergency until the end of January. What happens after that may depend of the expected surge of COVID during the next few weeks.
(This story was originally published on January 4, 2021)
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