The Governor of Georgia has decided the best course of action to save the lives of the residents of Georgia is to (check notes) sue the Mayor of Atlanta over a mask mandate that was out forth to....save lives. Yes, Kemp wants to roll back the exact type of steps that the CDC, the WHO and all medical professionals have actually said will help save lives.
The lawsuit states that he has the power "to suspend municipal orders that are contradictory to any state law or or to his executive orders." He is so petty and angry that a woman has defied him that he is going to tie up the court system and waste tax payer money to prevent people from being asked to wear masks to save lives and slow the spread of a deadly pandemic.
Here is where the lawsuit goes sideways. In a tweet, Kemp said: "This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times."
A mask mandate does not stop business owners from working or prevent "hardworking employees" from working. It does not prevent customers from visiting businesses. In fact, it would probably increase customers because people would feel more safe knowing that those around them are taking proactive steps. The mask mandate does not change anything about how businesses operate. It does not limit hours or occupancy. It does not do anything expect ask people to wear some fabric over their nose and mouth. Literally that is it.
Here are some of the pages from the filing:
The Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, responded:
She made a valid point: the money being wasted on this stupid lawsuit would be better spent on expanded testing and a contact testing program.
Gov. Kemp continues to show why he is one of the worst governors in our country. He is an inept science-denier, who uses his office to enact policies that are clearly designed to affect certain populations he views as less deserving than others. Shameful to abuse the court system for personal and political reasons, while not doing the one job you were elected to do - serving your constituents.