Allen County Democratic Party Chair responds to Indiana’s efforts to stop federal vaccine mandate

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 12:34 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Attorney General Todd Rokita held a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce a legal challenge to the federal vaccine mandate.

He takes issue with the White House using the Department of Labor to Enforce a vaccine mandate.

“This is not a workplace issue. It’s been with us. It’s been with us in our homes. It’s been with us on our sports teams. It’s been in our kid’s schools,” Rokita said. “It’s been with us everywhere. So, it’s again egregious and insidious that you would use something, a body of law that was intended to protect workers at the workplace, to use it in this fashion to cover something that’s a much bigger part of our lives. And that’s how we’re going to win this case by the way.”

Allen County Democratic Party Chair Derek Camp doesn’t agree with that at all. He thinks the lawsuits will only hurt Indiana’s recovery from COVID-19.

“It is having an impact on our economy and by dragging out the process by in which we can recover from this pandemic, they are only going to stall this pandemic even more which is going to hurt individual Hoosiers and small businesses across the state,” Camp said.

Rokita plans on filing three separate lawsuits - maintaining the vaccine mandate is proof of government overreach into the state’s affairs.

“This is a direct attack on state’s rights, this is a direct attack on individuals liberty and freedom. It’s a complete overreach of the federal government,” Rokita said.

As for Camp, he insists Rokita is thinking about this the wrong way.

“Indiana is an at-will employment state, meaning your employer can literally fire you for anything. Why aren’t they going after that? Why can they not see that through all the trees whereas Democrats, we believe in collective bargaining, we do believe in the right to protect your right to work in every way imaginable.”

Rokita is filing the challenges in cooperation with other GOP-led states including Louisiana and Mississippi.

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