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Montgomery co. comm. conflict at board assembly

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – There was name-calling and accusations as Montgomery County commissioners traded insults in the course of the month-to-month board assembly. Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, who’s a Democrat, and Joe Gale, the one Republican commissioner, spent a lot of Thursday’s assembly sparring over a number of points, together with masks and vaccine protocols.

“This COVID nonsense, masks outdoors, masks within the constructing, you have to be vaccinated, is all political theater and it’s unsuitable. And I’m not going shut up and simply go on to get alongside. I’m going to go on and supply these checks and balances,” Gale mentioned. “You all needs to be ashamed of yourselves. And that concludes my feedback. Go on along with your canine and pony present.”

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Gale additionally known as Arkoosh a “dictator” and accused the commissioner, who’s a Democrat, of purposely leaving his title off of sure county proclamations, whereas additionally excluding him from group images.

Arkoosh responded, with some powerful phrases of her personal.

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“I need to be very clear, and I’m simply talking for myself, however I gained’t stand subsequent to you until it’s statutorily required since you’re racist, you’re a COVID denier, you refuse to pay any consideration to the science or the info,” Arkoosh mentioned. “And I can’t dignify you by placing my title subsequent to yours or standing in an image subsequent to you while you proceed to stab this sort of nonsense. I’m simply talking for myself.”

This isn’t the primary time the commissioners have clashed.

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In January, Arkoosh accused Gale of being a racist after Gale referred to Black Lives Matter as a “hate group.”


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