Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has landed himself in hot water after he was caught on a hot mic speaking to a local state representative, who told him that she would wear a mask “on camera” for the sake of “political theater.”
The conversation happened ahead of a press conference in Doylestown, PA between Wolf and Democrat State Rep. Wendy Ullman, who were joined by other local officials to discuss the Affordable Care Act.
As reported by WBCB News, press conferences held by elected representatives in Pennsylvania and other states are livestreamed on the Internet due to the pandemic, which necessitate some amount of social distancing. Wolf and Ullman did not appear to realize that their microphones were on when they spoke to each other.
The scene was recorded and shared by the @reopenbucks Twitter account, which added captions to the conversation.
The transcript is as follows:
Wolf: “So Wendy, I’m going to take my mask off when I speak, so-”
Ullman: “I will as well, just, I’m waiting so that we can do a little political theater.” (laugh)
Ullman: “So that it’s on camera.”
Her remarks betray the hypocrisy of elected officials who urge the public to wear masks but appear to flout the law behind closed doors.
The Bucks County Health Department issued a statement about mask wearing, offering health guidance as part of a larger recommendation on large gatherings ahead of the press conference.
“The health department recommends that mask use and social distancing remain a priority at all events and gatherings, regardless of size,” they stated. “The only time a mask should be removed inside is when a seated person is consuming food and drink, or when a person is six feet apart from others outside.”
A spokesperson for Bucks County stated, “From all appearances, that advice was followed today.”