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Poloncarz issues statement in response to photo of him not wearing a mask

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 17:01:45-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a statement Sunday in response to a photo that has since circulated on social media of him in a group of people not wearing a mask.

"Yesterday a picture was taken of me with members of a golf team I was on while not wearing a mask. I just plain forgot to wear one. It happens. My full statement on the photo," Poloncarz said in a tweet with a full statement below it.

Karl Simmeth, Chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee, issued a statement on the matter Sunday which is below.

“The hypocrisy of Mark Poloncarz was in full view today, after photos of him posing maskless, smiling, with 15 other men was posted September 26th by his associate Tom Bigaj.

Poloncarz has told the public to be afraid and echoed Andrew Cuomo’s threats to shut down Erie County a second time. Poloncarz closed businesses, put people out of work, and crushed families’ futures in the name of Social Distancing. But the rules don’t apply to Poloncarz and his friends.

If its a De-fund the Police Protest or a beer-soaked Mark Poloncarz golf celebration it’s ok to break the rules that the rest of us have suffered to live under.

With Mark Poloncarz it’s do as I say and not as I do. He’s a damn hypocrite and the media has a duty to report it.”