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Arkansas Republican County Chair Dies of COVID-19 Weeks After His Committee Hosted Maskless Gathering - 2020-10-06

F375.png Arkansas Republican County Chair Dies of COVID-19 Weeks After His Committee Hosted Maskless Gathering October 6, 2020, Pilar Melendez, Daily Beast

The chairman of an Arkansas county Republican committee died from complications associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday—less than one month after his organization hosted a maskless gathering with other elected leaders.

Steven Farmer, who served as the chairman of the Craighead County Republican Committee, died on Tuesday after a weeks-long battle with the coronavirus that resulted in a stay at the ICU and a ventilator, his daughter and the organization announced.

The news comes just three weeks after his committee hosted an event with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), who contracted COVID-19 in July, for Reagan Day. Photos of the event show few attendees wearing masks and minimal social distancing. Arkansas state Rep. Dan Sullivan, who is currently spearheading a lawsuit to overturn the mask mandate and other health directives in his state, also appears to have spoken at the event.

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{{cite news | first = Pilar | last = Melendez | title = Arkansas Republican County Chair Dies of COVID-19 Weeks After His Committee Hosted Maskless Gathering | url = https://www.thedailybeast.com/steven-farmer-ak-republican-county-chair-dies-of-covid-19-weeks-after-committee-hosted-maskless-gathering | work = Daily Beast | date = October 6, 2020 | accessdate = October 6, 2020 }}