Doug Erickson, by contracting COVID while he was in El Salvador profit-taking from the country’s right-wing dictatorship, truly died as he lived:
State Sen. Doug Ericksen, a stalwart conservative voice in the Legislature, former leader of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Washington and an outspoken critic of COVID-19 emergency orders, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 52.
Ericksen said last month that he had tested positive for the coronavirus while on a trip to El Salvador, although his cause of death was not immediately confirmed Saturday.
“We are heartbroken to share that our husband and father passed away,” Ericksen’s wife, Tasha, and his two daughters said in a prepared statement on Saturday. “Please keep our family in your prayers and thank you for continuing to respect our privacy in this extremely difficult time.”
Ericksen died Friday, according to the statement.
One of the longest-serving members in the current Legislature, the Ferndale Republican earned a reputation as a fierce and unrelenting foe of Democratic policies and Gov. Jay Inslee. When a GOP coalition controlled the Senate several years ago, Ericksen used his perch as chair of the Senate’s environment committee to help foil the governor’s ambitions on climate change. He went on to become an early backer of Trump’s first presidential campaign.
An MAGA renaissance man:
WA has voted exclusively by mail for decades, but it wasn’t until 2020, nine years into his legislative career, that Sen. Ericksen realized it had to stop. Hmm, wonder what THAT timing was all about? 🤔— Kristi Coulter (@KristiCCoulter) December 19, 2021
As Paul said, a lot more where this came from.