Dr. Al Gross Releases Statement on Louis DeJoy’s Corrupt Plan to Slow USPS Services as Vote-by-Mail Becomes Cruz of November Elections

ANCHORAGE, AK—Today, independent U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Al Gross released the following statement regarding the newly appointed Postmaster General’s plan to slow mail services as the November election approaches:

Earlier this year, Donald Trump appointed Louis DeJoy—a businessman who has up to $75.3 million invested in USPS competitors—to the position of Postmaster General. And already two months into the position, DeJoy has completely upended the inner workings of the United States Postal Service—and not in a good way.

Just last week, DeJoy displaced the top two USPS executives who oversaw the day-to-day operations, and last month, he displaced or reassigned twenty-three other postal officials in an effort to consolidate power around his position ahead of the November elections.

To make matters worse, DeJoy is already showing that he’s prepped and ready to stand alongside Dan Sullivan and be another Yes-Man for the administration instead of standing up for the wellbeing of the office he was appointed to. DeJoy stood by the president as he rejected bipartisan proposals to provide much-needed relief for USPS time and time again; he refused to pay mail carriers and clerks the overtime necessary to ensure that deliveries can be completed each day at the request of the president; and his rampant and reckless attempts to cut corners have only resulted in severe delivery delays across the country.

Like I’ve said, in order to survive out here in Alaska, you have to think for yourself—Louis DeJoy clearly can’t.

In Alaska, anyone can request a ballot by mail, and with the continued public health risk posed by COVID-19, many Alaskans—especially those in rural Alaska—will rely on mail-in voting this November. DeJoy’s clear attempts to derail USPS will be devastating to our state, and not just for our elections—many in our state also rely on USPS as a tool to survive to receive prescriptions or social security checks.

Earlier today, Dan Sullivan hopped on the GOP bandwagon by backing a measure to provide $25 billion in funding to USPS—it’s a step in the right direction, but it isn’t enough.

The U.S. Postal Service plays a critical role in our society, and this year, it’ll play an even more substantial role in supporting the crux of our democracy. Voting serves as a cornerstone of our nation, and we cannot access the polls safely without the support of USPS. That’s why I’m calling on senators across the political spectrum to do what’s right and stand up to Louis DeJoy. Not only must our upper chamber take decisive action to ensure USPS is fully funded ahead of November so that Alaskans have the opportunity to have their voices heard, but they also must demand that the Postmaster General cease any attempt to suppress voters and slow mail. Enough is enough.