One of the early supporters of Gavin Newsom’s recall as governor, Orrin Heatlie, has been sidelined in the final weeks of the recall campaign because he is sick with COVID-19.
Heatlie, 52, criticized Newsom’s immigration and death penalty policies when the campaign for a recall election began in 2019. Heatlie was a key organizer from the start of the campaign, along with other activists of the Tea Party, before the start of the pandemic. and sparked further criticism against Newsom – and dozens of other governors across the country – over lockdown orders, mask warrants and, most recently, vaccine warrants.
As the New York Times Reports, Heatlie, who is not vaccinated, and his wife, who is vaccinated, are both infected with COVID-19 – and Heatlie confirmed this via text. And this is the second time he’s been infected during the pandemic.
âI thought I was immune like I had before,â Heatlie said. “Then I spent 13 hours in a hot truck coming back from Wyoming with a friend who got off with it on the trip.”
A former Yolo County Republican Sheriff’s sergeant, Heatlie and his group helped muster the 1.5 million signatures needed to force a special election to decide whether Newsom should be recalled. Although Heatlie himself is not running for governor, the field includes a number of Republicans critical of measures taken by Newsom and the state’s Department of Public Health to reduce transmission of the virus last year. and earlier this year.
Heatlie wrote the promoter’s official recall argument for the voter information guide Californians received three weeks ago, in which he primarily focuses on Newsom’s failure to address the homelessness issue. and criminal justice policies. But Heatlie also talks about pandemic health ordinances and Newsom’s infamous French laundry dinner.
âIn November, Newsom told Californians to stay home, wear masks, avoid meeting with family and friends. Days later, in violation of his orders, he attended a fancy dinner with lobbyists at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant – without masks or social distancing.
The statement also repeats an accusation that has been many people on Fox News, that Newsom gave some sort of darling contract to a Chinese company to produce masks for the state in April 2020, a contract worth nearly $ 1 billion, without going through the proper approval channels.
Facebook suspended Heatlie’s account earlier this year after Newsom pointed to a 2019 post he wrote saying, “Chip all illegal immigrants. It works! Just ask animal control!” As the Reported desert sun, Heatlie still didn’t understand why her account was suspended, and he said it was just hyperbole to promote discussion.
Larry Elder, the Republican radio host who led the race to replace the recall in the polls – but who knows with those polls – has vowed to repeal all vaccine and mask mandates if he wins, according to others. Republican governors of the country.
Dangerously, Elder also went on CNN last week to say he doesn’t think “young people” need to be vaccinated.
âI don’t believe the science suggests young people should be vaccinated,â Elder said. “I don’t believe science suggests young people should wear masks in school.”
Fortunately, more recent poll suggests this is no longer a stalemate between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps in the recall, and Democrats have so far returned mail-in ballots at a much higher rate than Republicans.