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Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen dies at 52 after Covid-19 battle
By Curt_Anderson
December 18, 2021 8:12 pm
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SEATTLE — Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, a staunch conservative, has died at age 52.

Ericksen’s death Friday came weeks after he said he had tested positive for the coronavirus while in El Salvador, though his cause of death wasn’t immediately released. The state Senate Republican Caucus confirmed his passing Saturday.

Ericksen was a former leader of Donald Trump’s campaign in Washington. He also was an outspoken critic of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 emergency orders, and had introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of people who do not wish to get vaccinated.

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  1. by Donna on December 18, 2021 10:31 pm
    FREE AT LAST!!!!!!

  2. by Curt_Anderson on December 18, 2021 10:44 pm

    Erickson, lobbyist and politician, seemed to have been a fan of sham elections and was no fan of vaccinations
    Last month, Ericksen wrote to his Republican colleagues asking if they could help him get treatment. He said he was in El Salvador, and had tested positive for the coronavirus.

    “I took a trip to El Salvador and tested positive for COVID shortly after I arrived,” he wrote. “I cannot get back home, and it’s to the point that I feel it would be beneficial for me to receive an iv of monoclonal antibodies (Regeneron). I have a doctor here who can administer the iv, but the product is not available here.”

    “Do any of you have any ideas on how I could get the monoclonal antibodies sent to me here,” Ericksen continued. “Ideally, I would like to get it on a flight tonight so it would be here by tomorrow.”

    The U.S. State Department has, since August, been advising Americans to reconsider travel to El Salvador because of COVID-19 concerns.

    Ericksen eventually arranged a medevac flight to a Florida hospital, a former colleague of his told The Bellingham Herald. It was unclear Saturday where Ericksen was when he died.

    Also unclear has been why Ericksen visited El Salvador — but it’s not his first visit to that country or others in recent years.

    Ericksen in 2019 registered with the U.S. Department of Justice as a foreign agent to conduct lobbying work on behalf of the Cambodian government, scoring a $500,000 contract for his new firm.

    That contract came after Ericksen traveled to Cambodia to observe — and ultimately praise — the country’s widely condemned 2018 elections. Those elections took place as a government crackdown shuttered independent media organizations and dissolved a key opposition party.

    Ericksen had also visited El Salvador with the business partner of his new firm — former GOP state Rep. Jay Rodne — in October and December of 2020, according to posts on social media from that time. During this year’s legislative session, Ericksen missed votes in the senate because he was observing elections in El Salvador at the time, according to The Olympian.

  3. by HatetheSwamp on December 19, 2021 3:39 am

    He was a "prominent Republican," eh?

  4. by islander on December 19, 2021 4:48 am

    Try not to be envious of people who are more prominent than you.

    Remember, Hate, if you really try, you too might be able to get to be prominent for "something'! I hope you wouldn't want to be prominent for the same kind of things Sen, Ericksen is though. You wouldn't...would you ??

  5. by HatetheSwamp on December 19, 2021 5:30 am

    Here's what I know about prominence in the GOP, dying from Covid, and Curt:

    Ericksen is the first GOP to die from Covid, mentioned by Curt, whom Curt has not referred to as prominent. So, I was just closing the circle.

  6. by Donna on December 19, 2021 6:44 am
    Curt didn't say he was prominent.

  7. by HatetheSwamp on December 19, 2021 6:53 am

    Exactly, Donna!

    And, he's the first GOP whose death Curt announced here whom Curt did not dub,, "prominent."

    No matter how obscure.

  8. by Donna on December 19, 2021 7:54 am
    Oh ok, I didn't read your previous post.

  9. by HatetheSwamp on December 19, 2021 8:22 am

    Two questions.

    1. Is it Tucsonans, or Tucsonians?
    2. How's it going so far?

  10. by Donna on December 19, 2021 9:06 am
    We've heard both.

    Thanks for asking. Still waiting for the movers. As of a couple of days ago our stuff was in a warehouse in Vegas. No doubt they're waiting for another load to take to Tucson along with our stuff. At least the air mattress is comfy. Chilly here at night. Had to scrape ice off the car yesterday morning, but I had to do that once last week in Long Beach too. It's supposed to reach 68 today.

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