While Congressman Elijah Cummings is now dealing with new interest in how $15 billion in federal aid allocated for Baltimore was spent, an administration official is now targeting another congressional representative for lack of interest in her home district.

HUD Region II Administrator Lynne Patton hit freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for neglecting her district (NY-14).

During a recent FNC interview, Patton disclosed that she was forced to close a children’s day camp last week because maggot-infested rats were falling from the ceiling onto children’s desks (hat-tip Weasel Zippers).

A snippet from the interview:

“…Let me tell you something, Americans are sick and tired of being put last by politicians who took an oath to put them first. I am in Ocasio-Cortez’s district more than she is. She’s more concerned about conditions on the border than conditions in her own backyard.

This past week I had to shut down a children’s day camp because dead rats were falling through the ceiling and hitting the ground, and falling on children’s desks so infested with maggots that they broke apart when they hit the ground causing staffers to throw up.”

President Donald Trump must have stuck a nerve, by calling attention to the fact many Democratic districts that are considered “safe” by progressive politicians are anything but for the actual residents. After the initial charges of “racism” against the President’s remarks were failing to hurt Trump, the Democrats and the media turned to accusing Trump’s son-in-law’s family of ignoring rat infestation in its properties.

…Jared Kushner’s family real estate firm owns thousands of apartments and townhomes in the Baltimore area, and some have been criticized for the same kind of disrepair and neglect that the president has accused local leaders of failing to address. Residents have complained about mold, bedbugs, leaks and, yes, mice — plenty of mice. And they say management appears in no hurry to fix the problems.

“They don’t care,” says Dezmond James, who says he has spotted as many as three mice a week since he moved in to the Commons at White Marsh in suburban Middle River four years ago.

I suspect that Trump will double-down on progressive districts’ public health issues should the Democrats and the press continue targeting his family. The President will find it is a target rich environment.

For example, the deep blue Seattle-Tacoma region placed ninth on a 2017 ranking of America’s top 50 rodent-infested towns. A popular bagel shop in San Francisco was closed because of a rat infestation. Last year was a “bad year” for rats in progressive Portland.

An uptick in urban rats has homeowners frantically trying to figure out ways to thwart infestations.

“It is a bad year for rats,” said Dana Sanchez, wildlife specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Eugene and parts of Portland are experiencing a noticeable increase. It could mean there are more rats or it could be evidence that people are providing more habitat.”

Rats bring diseases, which can impact the climate for constituents more rapidly than fossil fuels. Typhus, bubonic plague, and other flea-borne illnesses can separate families permanently.

The “Golden Age” of controlling infectious diseases through public health practices and vaccinations seems to have ended when representatives prioritized social and environmental justice instead. Trump’s tweet now has people reconsidering priorities.

During my tour of Great Britain last week, I had the opportunity to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon’s “Tudor Experience”. The exhibit included a section on the Black Death, and our tour guide wondered if such an outbreak could occur again.

I mentioned the recent typhus and typhoid outbreaks in Los Angeles, and indicated that some medical professionals were worried about bubonic plague cases occurring in the near future. With the homeless population expanding, with its limited access to medical care, the public health consequences are potentially dire.

 
 
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