Hot Mic: State Rep Tells Gov She’ll Wear Mask “On Camera” For “Political Theater”

State Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-143) speaks at a press conference in Doylestown with Governor Tom Wolf (not pictured).

A hot mic moment between Governor Tom Wolf and a local state rep Tuesday on wearing masks “on camera” has raised eyebrows.

The conversation occurred just before a press conference in Doylestown between Wolf and State Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-143). Local officials had joined Wolf to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Due to the pandemic, many press conferences are livestreamed. It appears the microphone and camera may have been recording before they knew.

A group ReOpen Bucks County PA posted the conversation with subtitles on Twitter. Video is available at the end of this article.

A transcript of the conversation:

Wolf: “So Wendy, I’m going to take my mask off when I speak, so-”
Ullman: “I will as well, just, I’m waiting so that we can do a little political theater.” (laugh)
Wolf: “Okay.”
Ullman: “So that it’s on camera.”

The only time any of the speakers took off their masks at the press conference was to speak.

The Bucks County Health Department released the following statement about mask wearing yesterday. This guidance was part of a larger recommendation on large gatherings and sent out well before Wednesday’s press conference.

“The health department recommends that mask use and social distancing remain a priority at all events and gatherings, regardless of size. The only time a mask should be removed inside is when a seated person is consuming food and drink, or when a person is six feet apart from others outside.”

A spokesperson for Bucks County stated, “From all appearances, that advice was followed today.”

WBCB reached out to the Governor’s Office and State Rep. Ullman for comment.