– Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Wolf and his administration have made political decisions, claiming that they were made with the best interest of the public’s health in mind. State Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette) issued the following statement about the latest abuse of power:
“The latest weaponization of bureaucracy that we have seen in the Commonwealth comes from the Liquor Control Board (LCB). Several reports of the LCB targeting restaurants, clubs and social events have been reported to my office.
“The first, and possibly most outrageous, is an account of the LCB going into a restaurant pretending to be a regular customer. After being waited on, a drink and a menu were delivered to the table. When the employee returned to take the food order, the ‘customer’ had left, only to return later and cite the establishment as the LCB for not serving food with the drink order.
“On another count, the LCB entered an establishment at the end of the night to ensure that every single drink order from the day was served with food.
“There are a couple things we the people can do to fight we the government on these types of instances. First, we are considering a right-to-know request for a record of activities during the past 30 days by the LCB to establish if they are targeting specific restaurants, social clubs and events in the Commonwealth. Secondly, we need your assistance to anonymously provide us with any experiences of what might be considered a targeted or petty overreach of any bureaucracy using Gov. Wolf’s State of Emergency Declaration as an excuse.
“As the representative of the 49th district, where it’s always a great day, I am committed to fighting for we the people. I will not let our constitutional rights that generations before us fought hard for be taken away. I will continue to hold our government responsible for transparency and accountability. Our citizens deserve to have a government they can count on.”
Representative Bud Cook
49th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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