Conservative congressional candidates call for vaccination warrants outside governor’s mansion
ALBANY – John Nicholson of Clifton Park stood outside Gov. Kathy Hochul’s mansion on Sunday, upset by the broad COVID-19 vaccination warrants that he says infringe on his personal freedoms and those of his family.
“This is government overtaking,” said Nicholson, whose family joined about 150 protesters on Eagle Street to denounce vaccination warrants for medical professionals, private employers and for participation in school athletic programs. public.
Some motorists honked their horns, while others ran their engines to muffle the protesters’ message.
“I am here for medical freedom,” said Nicholson, who refuses to be vaccinated. “Why do I need to be vaccinated to keep you safe, if you are vaccinated?” Surely that is not how vaccines worked in the past. “
When asked if his position has proven detrimental to his career, Nicholson simply replied, “There are so many different ways to make money. If they push me out of my job for a money order, I’ll just work on the books and have money in my pocket and the IRS won’t see my money. It is therefore a choice that the government is making.
Nicholson’s fiancee Rachel Frank was also pissed off, saying her 10-year-old son suffered from asthma and his condition was bothered by his school’s face mask tenure after he participated in the gymnasium.
The protest was led by Conservative Congressional candidate Liz Joy of Glenville, who is making her second candidacy to topple U.S. Representative Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, after losing to him by more than 80,000 votes in 2020.
The protest came just hours after Joy took to social media to congratulate General Electric workers for staging a walkout on Friday to protest against Schenectady’s vaccination mandate.
Joy noted that some will try to get her point across, to suggest that she is against vaccinations when she is simply against vaccination warrants.
“We are against tyranny, against cutting ourselves off from our jobs,” she exclaimed.
Joy said the group had a strong message for Hochul, who is fighting a preliminary injunction in federal court against the state’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
The recent federal ruling suspends the mandate to the extent that the state’s health department is barred from enforcing any requirement that employers deny religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination, or revoke any exemptions that employers have already granted prior to the issuance of the warrant.
Hochul continues to defend the mandate.
“Our children belong to us, they do not belong to the government,” Joy said. “Our jobs belong to us. We are the ones who pay the taxes. We are the ones who pay the legislators. It is we, the people, who formed the government; they didn’t train us.
While Joy didn’t cite any specific examples of matching, she suggested that political observers follow the money for what she said was the real motivation behind the vaccine mandates.
“Money, power, control, coercion and bribes is what is happening,” she said. “This is what we are seeing at all levels.
“And when billions and billions and billions of dollars are being made, and they come after you and fire you from your job,” she said. “When they go after your kids and say they can’t play sports, they can’t play football, they can’t be on the football team because they don’t get COVID-19 vaccine. When billions are earned, I promise – I promise – while they kick us out, they get bribes and we are not going to put up with it.
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.
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