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A new investigative report revealed the real life consequences of the delays caused by Postmaster General DeJoy’s cuts to the United States Postal Service. In Brunswick County, Robert Brunson missed doses on his medication after it was delayed for a week, and is concerned about the consequences of DeJoy’s decisions: “Gets to be real serious, when the mail is being used…For whatever reason – political, whatever – it’s always the people on the side, the fringes, that suffer the consequences.”
Over the summer, Senator Thom Tillis’ donor Louis DeJoy began restructuring the postal system in a way that led to delays and crippling backlogs in the postal service, impacting North Carolina families and veterans who rely on USPS for timely delivery of prescriptions, unemployment checks, and other essentials.
As reports surfaced of postal delays, Tillis failed to demand accountability from DeJoy in response, at times even defending his donor, which was not surprising when weeks later Senator Tillis found himself at the center of a straw donor scheme led by DeJoy: “One of the biggest beneficiaries of donations from New Breed employees has been GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, whose campaign committees collected nearly $300,000 from people at the company in 2014, campaign finance records show.” On top of that, Tillis has received almost $50,000 from DeJoy and his wife and even skipped a Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on veteran suicide to attend a GOP fundraiser at DeJoy’s Greensboro home. It’s clear that when North Carolinians are counting on Senator Tillis to speak up and speak out when they’re getting hurt, he’s too weak to stand up to his donors.
Cal Cunningham has called on Senator Tillis to speak out against Postmaster General DeJoy’s cuts and reorganization of the U.S. Postal Service that are causing major delays, especially for rural communities and veterans who receive their prescriptions through the mail. In a joint op-ed with Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Cal and Pat wrote: “Both of us come from military families, we know the sacrifices our veterans, service members and their families make to keep our country safe from harm. And we know the pride that our military families take in their service. Our veterans gave us much more than we could ever give back, and all they’re asking in return is that we take care of them like they took care of us. It’s time for Sen. Tillis and Rep. Hudson to do their jobs, demand answers from DeJoy and hold Washington accountable.”
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By NC Watchdog Reporting Network – September 29, 2020