DB: A deputy district attorney and up-and-coming Republican political star in California’s Orange County has died abruptly after telling friends she contracted COVID-19.
Former California GOP state Assembly candidate & "ardent and vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccination mandates" dies of COVID-19 at the age of 46.
On Dec 4, she spoke against vaccination mandates at a Turning Point USA rally. She subsequently became ill.https://t.co/T4ttVzC0Pn
— Jorge A. Caballero, MD (@DataDrivenMD) January 4, 2022
Kelly Ernby, a presumed candidate for the state Assembly in 2022, was only 46 years old. According to the Los Angeles Times, she fell ill shortly after speaking out against vaccine mandates at a rally organized by Turning Point USA on Dec. 4.
“There’s nothing that matters more than our freedoms right now,” she was quoted telling the crowd during the rally at Irvine City Hall.
It was not immediately clear where or how she contracted the virus. Her death has sparked an outpouring of tributes from colleagues who praised her for her passion and experience.
California woman who tried to parlay opposing vax requirements into winning an Assembly seat dies of COVID at 46.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) January 4, 2022
“It was an absolute privilege to fight the good fight alongside Kelly,” Spitzer wrote. “Her passion and her shining light will be forever missed.”
“My heart is broken and I’m in tears. I lost a dear friend to Covid complications. I love you @KellyErnby ! You’ve been nothing but an inspiration to many of us here in Orange County,” Ben Chapman, chairman of the Greater Costa Mesa Republicans, wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of himself and Ernby.
The Orange County Republicans, for whom Ernby had served as the precinct operations chair, said news of her death had caused “great sadness.”
The group noted only that Ernby had died unexpectedly after a “brief illness,” saying “we have hope in this tragedy because we know she had a deep faith.” read more…