For over a year Mayor Adam O’Neal has reached out to anyone wanting to help save Pungo hospital. Because he knew that if this hospital closed, people would die. And, recently that prediction came true: a 48 year old woman died because she could not get emergency care in time.
The Pungo hospital is the only hospital within a 75 mile radius. Mayor O’Neal reached out to Republicans, Democrats, the news media, activist groups and generally anyone willing to answer the call to help.
Walter Jones, a 20 year career politician, has remained silent on the closure of this hospital. He has not given any support to the residents in the area and to my knowledge hasn’t even acknowledged that there is a problem.
Walter Jones, who likes to campaign on “I’m not a rank and file politician” refused to address the most non-partisan issue in his district.
Others have addressed it. Others like Rev. Dr. William Barber who came down to offer support in keeping the hospital open.
Others, like Democratic congressional candidate Marshall Adame, Who has said repeatedly that we should put this hospital and our citizens before profit margins.
If Walter Jones won’t stand up and support the citizens in our smaller regions of the 3rd district, then why should we support him come election day.
We should give Walter exactly what he gave us: NOTHING. I’m not going to tell you who you should vote for because you already know this is a life or death issue in eastern North Carolina. You already know what to do.