Gov Candidate Lenz’s Pandemic Plan Amounts to Appointing Someone Else to Lead

Shelley Lenz, Democratic-NPL candidate for governor

MINOT, N.D. — The governor’s job is to govern.

The governor’s job is not appointing other people to govern.

After reading her plan for addressing the coronavirus pandemic, I’m not sure Shelley Lenz, the Democratic-NPL’s gubernatorial candidate, understands this.

The plan was released this week. It tosses a few bones to placate the nascent authoritarians in Lenz’s left-wing base — she’ll force masks on the rubes and restrict indoor gatherings — but that’s window dressing.

At the plan’s core is the creation of an “incident command” of “non-elected officials” managed by a commander who “has overall responsibility” for managing the state’s pandemic response.

In other words, if elected, Lenz would like to lead North Dakota through the remainder of this pandemic by appointing someone else to do it.

That is nonsense.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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