Rep. Moulton Cancels Campaign Events, Signature-Collecting

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Congressman Seth Moulton's office has announced the Congressman will be suspending several in-person events as the number of coronavirus cases in the state ticks up.

In a press release, Rep. Moulton's office said it would be "postponing in-person campaign events, and suspending the collection of ballot signatures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately."

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Rep. Moulton's office also said it was asking Secretary Galvin, Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo, and Senate President Spilka to take action and extend the May 5th signature deadline "so campaigns don’t feel pressure to take unsafe actions."

Rep. Moulton's decision to postpone in-person events follows Rep. Joe Kennedy's campaign making a similar announcement on Friday.

“No one should have to choose between public health and securing a spot in a primary. Sending volunteers out to collect nomination signatures puts everyone at risk. I'm suspending signature-gathering until further notice; asking all campaigns to do the same; and calling on state officials to immediately extend the deadline,” Congressman Moulton's statement said.

Congressman Moulton landed at Logan airport Saturday morning after voting in the House for a bipartisan coronavirus-related funding bill late last night. He told WBZ NewsRadio that "this is about working families, making sure people can put food on the table if their kids aren't getting school lunches."

Moulton said the bill is important because it includes free coronavirus testing for everyone, which is necessary to figure out how to better combat the spread of the virus.

"It's about making sure we can get everyone tested for free, so we can actually understand the scope of this virus," Rep. Moulton said. "And you have to know you can go get treated and you won't lose your job."

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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