The day after Biden announced the mandate, Wyoming’s legislative leadership called the requirement “arbitrary and likely unconstitutional,” and they seem to be gearing up to fight it in a special session.
The proportion of fully vaccinated people in Wyoming is at roughly 37%, one of the lowest rates in the country, so it’s no secret that vaccination, let alone mandated vaccination, is unpopular. Wyoming residents’ hesitancy concerning the vaccine likely contributes to politicians’ messaging, particularly with an election coming up next year.
Rep. Liz Cheney acknowledged that the vaccine will “save lives,” but quickly added, “Even while we’re dealing with the public health emergency, we’ve got to respect states’ rights.”
Gordon has repeatedly told the public that he is vaccinated and has continually encouraged vaccinated, while also promising to challenge the mandate, which he called an egregious case of government interference.
“It has no place in America,” Gordon said. “Not now, and not ever.”
Many politicians do not see any contradiction in their statements. Vaccination might be the right choice, they say, but it’s also a personal one.
That said, if you’re an elected official, what kind of responsibility do you have to advocate for the best interest of your constituents? As Cheney put it, we’re in a public health emergency.