Can COVID-19 bring bipartisanship?

Liz Joy and I have known each other for a very long time, back when we were both bloggers for the Times Union.  She’s currently running for the Congressional seat currently held by Paul Tonko, and although her policies and my policies are different, I wish her the best of luck in her campaign.

On Friday, she posted a video regarding her campaign – including showing support not only for what Donald Trump is doing (she is running as a Republican), but also supporting what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing with regard to getting treatment to New York residents, getting labs open and certified for treatment and diagnosis, and helping to protect New Yorkers.

In other words, we have something very rare in our modern political world – a member of one party supporting another party’s efforts.

This is important.

And if Liz Joy can show that the fight against coronavirus and COVID-19 is not just a red versus blue battle, but a battle in which all of us must marshal our efforts to defeat this insidious disease …

Then I can show bipartisanship by offering Liz an opportunity to speak, in her own words.

As I said before, Liz’ politics and my politics do not normally follow the same goals.  But we do agree on one thing.  It’s going to take teamwork and a coordinated effort by everyone – Democrats, Republicans, Independents – to fight this horrifying virus.  When we work together, we move closer to a vaccine, to a cure, to a victory.

It’s not a victory today.  But it is a victory down the road.

In politics, this is called “reaching across the aisle.”  It’s when partisanship is set aside in the hopes of unifying against a common enemy.

COVID-19 is that common enemy.  Let’s all do what we can – medically, spiritually, emotionally, definitively – to defeat COVID-19.

That right now should be our main goal.  Because the last time I checked, COVID-19 doesn’t subscribe to one single political party or ideology.  It’s an equal-opportunity destroyer.

No one wants that in our lives.