A deputy district attorney in Orange County, California, and an up-and-coming Republican political star died suddenly after telling a friend that she had been infected with COVID-19.
Estimated to be a candidate for the Legislature in 2022, Kelly Ernby was only 46 years old.by Los Angeles TimesShe fell ill shortly after speaking against vaccination obligations at a rally hosted by Turningpoint USA on December 4.
“There is nothing more important than our freedom so far,” she was reportedly told the crowd during a rally at Irvine City Hall.
It was not immediately clear where and how she was infected with the virus. Her death caused a flood of compliments from colleagues who praised her passion and experience.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer Long twitter thread To Ernby on Monday, she was incredibly vibrant, “deeply concerned about the work we do as prosecutors, and the communities we all are struggling to protect. I called him a passionate lawyer.
“It was an absolute privilege to have a good fight with Kelly,” Spitzer wrote. “Her passion and shining light will be lost forever.”
“My heart is broken and I’m in tears. I lost my dear friend due to Covid’s complications. I love you @KellyErnby !! You have inspired many of us here in Orange County, “said Ben Chapman, President of the Costa Mesa Republican Party. I have written On Twitter, with a photo of yourself and Ernby.
Republican Orange County, whose constituency was chaired by Ernby, said the news of her death caused “great sorrow.”
The group only pointed out that Ernby died suddenly after a “simple illness,” and said, “I have hope for this tragedy because I know she had a deep faith.”
Ernby, the daughter of two Navy veterans, has nearly 20 years of legal experience and ran for state legislature in 2020, a campaign focused on border security and “California’s conservative values.” The we.
“Kelly and I spent a lot of time together on the 2020 campaign trail. She was always one of the real, real, compassionate and passionate politicians,” concludes Congress. Brian Burley Cycle, a Republican who ran for, tweeted about her political talent.
She publicly opposed her obligations with the COVID-19 vaccine, but it was not immediately clear whether she had been vaccinated against the virus.
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