Face mask comments draw online backlash for Ullman, Wolf

A viral video capturing comments between Rep. Wendy Ullman and Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday caught backlash online from Eric Trump and conservative groups.

An exchange between Gov. Tom Wolf and a state House member from Bucks County on Tuesday went viral on social media, drawing the ire of Republican groups and even garnering national attention courtesy of Eric Trump.

The state livestream includes audio of Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-143, of Plumstead, referring to keeping her face mask on while at the podium before and removing it to speak as “political theater” at a press conference in Doylestown Borough.

“Wendy, I’m going to, I’m going to take my mask off before I speak,” Wolf is heard saying to Ullman before her remarks. It was picked up by a microphone at the podium.

“I will as well. I’m waiting so we can do a little political theater,” Ullman responded, laughing with Wolf after she spoke and then returning to the microphone with her mask still on.

The 19-second clip spread online Tuesday afternoon through tweets like one from the Young Republican National Confederation, one video gaining more than 850,000 views by Wednesday morning.

Just an hour before the first Presidential Debate began at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Eric Trump shared the Young Republicans’ tweet, which was then shared by nearly 30,000 people over night.

“While ‘political theatre’ may not have been the best turn of phrase, I’m not going to apologize for wearing a mask,” Ullman said in a statement to this news organization Wednesday afternoon after this story was published online.

Ullman added that wearing a mask on camera should be viewed as setting an example for Pennsylvanians to wear a mask and treat the coronavirus seriously.

Source: Face mask comments draw online backlash for Ullman, Wolf

Mixed Reaction From Pittsburgh-Area Restaurant Owners To Gov. Wolf Increasing Indoor Capacity To 50 Percent

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some good news for restaurants and their customers in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf is allowing all restaurants to open to 50 percent capacity indoors. But that will help some restaurants more than others.

Local restaurants have been free to serve food and drink outdoors while following coronavirus safety regulations, but they have been limited indoors to just 25 percent of capacity. But that will change on Sept. 21.

“Step in the right direction, for sure,” Jeff Broadhurst, CEO and president of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Tuesday. “Great to hear that this morning. And I can tell you as an industry, we’re ready for it, and we’re prepared to serve people safely.”

Source: Mixed Reaction From Pittsburgh-Area Restaurant Owners To Gov. Wolf Increasing Indoor Capacity To 50 Percent

Wolf won’t extend state’s eviction moratorium, office says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Marc Levy

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reiterated that he will not extend his executive order halting evictions and foreclosures in Pennsylvania because of legal limits that prevent him from taking further action.

In a statement, Mr. Wolf’s office said it had explored the possibility that it could build off of the Federal Housing Administration’s Thursday extension of its national foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December.

“But after a thorough legal review, we have determined that the governor cannot extend the executive order to reach additional Pennsylvanians who are not benefiting from the federal extensions and a legislative fix is necessary in order to protect homeowners and renters from eviction,” Mr. Wolf’s office said.

The Federal Housing Administration’s moratorium protects homeowners with FHA-insured single family mortgages.

Source: Wolf won’t extend state’s eviction moratorium, office says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette