UT AG RACE UPDATE: As COVID-19 Crisis Continues, Reyes Jets-Off to Schmooze DC Lobbyists at RNC Convention

August 27, 2020

Sean Reyes is Out-of-State and Out-of-Touch

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) released the following statement from Political Director and native Utahn Farah Melendez on Utah AG Sean Reyes traveling out of state for political purposes during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, including participating in events during today’s RNC Convention programming.

“Sean Reyes is proving once again that he is out of touch with Utahns and our priorities,” said Farah Melendez, Political Director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association. “As Utah surpasses 400 deaths and 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Attorney General—who was elected to protect my family’s health and safety—is jetting off to DC to schmooze. Worse, he appears to be ignoring medical guidance – increasing the chance of endangering more Utahns when he comes back. Seeing Sean Reyes ignore safety guidelines and shirk his public safety responsibilities is why the race for Utah Attorney General is tightening. DAGA will continue to remind voters who shows up for them, and who is absent during a time of crisis.”

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Reyes participated in an RNC panel which appears to have taken place at the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.
  • The Republican AG Association, of which Reyes is an active member, held an in-person, out-of-state event in a COVID “hotspot” with Republican AG candidates and incumbent Republican AGs in attendance. Based on photos, it’s not clear COVID safety protocols were followed.
  • DC guidance for out-of-state travels from Utah are as follows: “Anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state (within the prior 14 days) who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the District.”