The Maury County Democratic Party was also mentioned recently in this November 29, 2021 Columbia Daily Herald article: ‘Empty theater’: Maury Democrats disregard Ogles’ State of Emergency (columbiadailyherald.com)
The members of Maury County’s Democratic Party paid little head to Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles’ decision to implement a State of Emergency amid an encroaching deadline requiring health care workers at federally funded medical centers to become vaccinated for the coronavirus.
Maury County Democratic Party Chairman James Dallas said the party’s collective opinion is that the recent State of Emergency is “a political stunt,” and that the order is “heavy on rhetoric but light on policy details.”
Ogles, who also serves as the chair of the Maury Republican Party, issued the State of Emergency during a press conference almost two weeks ago encouraging other communities to follow suit and express support of health care workers who seek medical or religious exemption from the vaccine mandate.
The mayor issued the emergency stating that the mandate could lead to a local health care crisis because those workers who are unvaccinated might choose to resign rather than accept the vaccine.
“Unfortunately, if Mayor Ogles’ proclamation is anything more than just empty theater, it has the potential to do serious harm to Maury Regional, both by jeopardizing their eligibility to receive reimbursements from government and private insurers and by exposing MRMC to the possibility of losing its Joint Commission accreditation, which it needs to operate,” Dallas said.