A Florida Republican who spoke out against coronavirus security mandates on social media died ‘suddenly’ from COVID-19 before he could teach anyone how to manage his local party’s accounting software – leaving his former colleagues scramble.
The Tampa-based Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee filed a notice with the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday saying the group would do its best, but may not be able to meet its next filing deadline.
For more than a year, the Hillsborough GOP relied on software developed by Gregg Prentice, 61, who headed its “electoral integrity” committee, according to its website.
“Gregg’s software converted the data from our Quickbooks software to provide the information needed for FEC,” the file read.
“Unfortunately,” he continued, “Gregg passed away suddenly from Covid 19 on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Gregg did not share the software and instructions with our officers.”
The group must now enter their data manually. It may also have to re-enter data for the rest of 2021.
Prentice had used her Facebook account to denounce mask warrants and attack efforts by government officials to fight the virus. It is not known when he contracted the virus.
“End falconry,” reads one of Prentice’s posts, attacking the country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, who has become a right-wing bogeyman during the pandemic.
Another article said, “We need more socialist distancing than social distancing. “
Prentice’s death sparked a frenzy of medical-care conspiracy theories, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Another Hillsborough Republican, Jason Kimball, who allegedly referred to Prentice as a “mentor” on Facebook, called a Tampa city council meeting on Monday to claim that staff at Tampa General Hospital “were intubating people illegally.”
City council members were quick to denounce Kimball’s accusation and praise the level of care provided by the hospital.
Nationally, the vast majority of people currently hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 are not vaccinated.
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