Press Release: Dr. Al Gross Releases Statement on DeJoy’s Plan to Dismantle the Postal Service in AK

ANCHORAGE, AK—Earlier today, independent U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Al Gross released the following statement regarding Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s latest plans to dismantle the Postal Service in Alaska:

It’s deeply troubling to hear the Postmaster General, during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, characterize the USPS as an ‘unfunded mandate.’ Louis DeJoy must not let the state of Alaska slide by for the election only to toss us aside after November 3rd and hang our state out to dry. Not only is the Postal Service prescribed by the Constitution, it’s a key part of life here in Alaska—here’s why.

While our entire country is relying on USPS during this election, our state is unique in that it’s vast and sparsely populated. Many Alaskans rely on the Postal Service for fundamental necessities like groceries, prescription medication and Social Security checks. To even consider gutting these services is wildly irresponsible.

Like our national defense, interstate highways or public schools, the Postal Service provides an essential service to Alaskans. To demolish this service at any time, let alone in the midst of this pandemic, is unconscionable. Let us not mince words: it must be stopped.

When it comes to these latest attacks on the Postal Service, Senator Dan Sullivan’s silence is more than just a tacit endorsement of this dangerous plan—this is just another indication that this administration knows they have a lap dog in Dan Sullivan, and it’s an unmistakable sign that he doesn’t understand our state.

But then again, I guess it takes an Alaskan to truly understand the importance of this issue.