Delaware Citizens Group Slams Department of Corrections About Potentially Life- Saving Face Masks !

Dear friends,

Citizens For Pro-Business Delaware — a growing, well-funded activist group that is demanding, among other things, changes in the Chancery Court — is extremely upset and offended at being slighted by the Delaware Department of Corrections because the agency refused to accept 5000 masks as a gift from Citizens — yet the Department accepted masks from another group. Citizens, which has been rocking the Status Quo Boat Captained by Delaware Governor John Carney and his Limousine Liberals, claims that it is simply a nasty, political ploy by the Carney administration by not accepting the masks when they truly were needed.

To politicize a gift of potentially life-saving masks for helpless prisoners is beyond reprehensible, especially when one inmate had died. Considering Carney’s heavy-handed restrictions on Delaware businesses (making many go broke), it seems hypocritical not to utilize a valuable gift of thousands of free masks?

The consistent mismanagement and petty inconsistencies, that I have witnessed, during this pandemic and time of anarchy from one elected Democrat after another has been most disconcerting. Please read the published complaint below by the Citizens group, which is gaining serious ground with Delaware voters.

As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Respectfully Submitted,

JUDSON Bennett-Coastal Network

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Slams Delaware Department of Correction and Governor Carney for Politicizing Mask Donations

The DOC rejected 4,600 masks from Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware in May, claiming a lack of need, but accepted 5,000 masks from the REFORM Alliance, another grassroots group

July 02, 2020

WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following news that in-person visitations have resumed at Delaware prisons, largely thanks to a donation of 5,000 masks given by the REFORM Alliance, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey released the following statement:

“We offered 4,600 masks to the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) to protect inmates nearly two months ago, but were turned away by the agency, which claimed it had ‘sufficient supply chain’ to procure the masks it needed.

“That the DOC accepted masks when they came from the REFORM Alliance makes it painfully clear that this was a politically-motivated lie. In fact, DOC Commissioner Claire DeMatteis admitted that ‘without this donation, we would have to purchase masks’ to provide to visitors to the prison.

“My question is: why is Delaware’s DOC picking and choosing organizations to take protective equipment from in the middle of a deadly pandemic that disproportionately affects vulnerable communities, especially inmates and people of color? Even worse, it’s clear that Commissioner DeMatteis, who was appointed by Governor Carney, who we’ve publicly criticized for his handling of the Covid-19 crisis, is making these decisions based on political considerations, rather than prioritizing public health.

“It’s despicable that when we offered direct help to the DOC, Commissioner DeMatteis and Governor Carney chose to play politics and put inmates’ lives at risk, but now that help is coming from a more politically palatable group, they’ve welcomed the aid with open arms.
“I’m disappointed but frankly, I’m not surprised. This is just another example of the ‘Delaware Way’ that protects the interests of the elites over everyday Delawareans, to the point that the DOC would rather put people’s lives on the line than accept a donation from a group that challenges Delaware’s corrupt status quo.”

About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.