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California vice president who fought vaccination mandate dies suddenly after falling ill with COVID aged 46

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California vice president who fought vaccination mandate dies suddenly after falling ill with COVID aged 46

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An assistant district attorney and up-and-coming Republican political star in Orange County, California has died suddenly after telling friends she contracted COVID-19.

Kelly Ernby, a presumed State Assembly candidate in 2022, was just 46 years old. According to Los Angeles Times, she fell ill shortly after speaking out against vaccination warrants at a rally organized by Turning Point USA on December 4.

“There is nothing that matters more than our freedoms right now,” she told the crowd at the rally at Irvine town hall.

It was not immediately clear where or how she contracted the virus. Her death sparked a wave of tributes from her colleagues who praised her for her passion and experience.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer devoted a long Twitter thread to Ernby on Monday, calling her “an incredibly dynamic and passionate lawyer who cared deeply about the work we do as prosecutors and deeply about the community we all fight to protect.”

“It was an absolute privilege to have a good fight alongside Kelly,” Spitzer wrote. “His passion and brilliant light will be missed forever. “

“My heart is broken and I am in tears. I have lost a dear friend to complications from Covid. I love you @KellyErnby ! You’ve been just an inspiration to many of us here in Orange County, ”Ben Chapman, President of the Republicans of Grand Costa Mesa, wrote on Twitter, next to a photo of him and Ernby.

Orange County Republicans, for whom Ernby had been chairman of precinct operations, said the news of his death had caused “great sadness.”

The group only noted that Ernby died suddenly after a “brief illness”, saying “we have hope in this tragedy because we know she had deep faith.”

The daughter of two Navy veterans, Ernby had nearly two decades of legal experience and had run for the State Assembly in 2020, her campaign focusing on border security and “conservative values ​​in California.” », Among others.

“Kelly and I spent a lot of time together on the campaign trail in 2020. She was one of the few people in politics who still portray themselves as real, genuine, caring and passionate,” Brian Burley, a Republican who turned himself presented to Congress the latest round, tweeted of his political talent.

While she had publicly expressed her opposition to the COVID-19 vaccination warrants, it was not immediately clear whether she herself had been vaccinated against the virus.

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