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Loudoun County, ground zero in Lyme disease debate, attracts Romney-Ryan offer of help

The proposed ways a Romney Administration could help combat Lyme disease. The mailer appears targeted at Loudoun County voters where Lyme is a large concern. (Romney for President)

And now Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are here to lend their help.

The Romney-Ryan campaign recently sent a mailer to Loudoun residents declaring Lyme disease “A massive epidemic threatening Virginia.” If elected, the mailer states, the Romney Administration will improve communication and awareness and support treatment.

The Roanoke Times recently published a fine profile of Farris, which looked at both sides of the Lyme disease issue and how Farris became involved (his wife and all seven children have Lyme disease). The Post’s Caitlin Gibson has been covering Loudoun’s official response, which included spraying the county’s parks with anti-tick insecticide last spring, which heartened some people and infuriated others.

The Post’s Rachel Weiner believes that a Sept. 13 meeting between Farris and Romney led to the Lyme mailer in Loudoun. And in an earlier post, Weiner wrote that Romney’s campaign has been microtargeting areas and issues such as Loudoun and Lyme, which may also explain the Lyme-specific mailer.

The mailer from the Romney-Ryan campaign pledging help to stop Lyme disease. (Romney for President/RFP)
Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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