July 30, 2020                                

Nicole Henderson: 404-939-1594


U.S. Congressional Candidate Phil Ehr Releases a Statement on Our Economy and Its Plummet to Levels Below the Great Depression


PENSACOLA, FL — Earlier today, the U.S. Congressional candidate challenging Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in Florida’s 1st District, retired Navy Commander Phil Ehr, released the following statement regarding our economy and it’s stark similarities to the Great Depression:

Data is showing that consumers are uneasy with the state of our economy as there is a renewed fear of looming shutdowns. The Trump administration bolstered that once the country dipped in the Spring that it would bounce back in the Fall. This is not proving to be true as we continue on the current path.

Here in Northwest Florida, we are seeing a resurgence of positive Coronavirus cases, a looming job market, and uncertainty as it relates to when we might turn the curve. The current decision facing our leaders is not about dollars and cents, it is about values and priorities. It is wrong in the richest country in the world to watch our neighbors, our workers, our families--anybody in our communities-- go without food, without housing, without health care, without jobs when we are facing the greatest crisis of our lifetimes.

The number of Americans filing new claims for state unemployment benefits totaled 1.43 million last week, according to the Labor Department. Currently, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has over 73K claims waiting to be processed. We also have to note that the $600 supplemental weekly unemployment payment from the federal government is ending which could be a potentially crippling financial blow to millions.

It is time for leaders like Matt Gaetz to stand up against the failed economic policies that have harmed the people of Florida’s 1st District.


About Phil Ehr:
Phil Ehr is a retired U.S. Navy commander and the Democratic nominee challenging Matt Gaetz for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil is a husband, father, community volunteer, and veteran who rose from Seaman to Commander in a 26-year active duty career. Phil flew reconnaissance missions in the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. He provided strategic advice to senior leaders in Washington, London, and NATO in the post Cold War and post 9/11 eras. Phil is fighting to restore honor and integrity to Northwest Florida’s representation. With your help, we will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next national crisis.  We will build an economy that’s fair for working people, families, and small business, cradle to grave. We will correct failing policies on health care, education, the environment, and public safety. We will advance freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all. We will fight corruption and incompetence to restore trust in American leadership.