People walk past a sign advising about social distancing on the boardwalk during the Memorial Day holiday weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 23, 2020 in Ocean City, Maryland. (ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Republican sheriff who refused to enforce lockdown says he got COVID-19 at GOP event

“This line of work is inherently dangerous," an Arizona sheriff said. He says he was infected at his campaign event



Matthew Chapman
June 18, 2020 9:16AM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

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On Wednesday, the Phoenix New Times reported that Mark Lamb, the Republican sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, has announced he tested positive for COVID-19 and will submit to quarantine.

"Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader, we do not have the luxury of staying home," said Lamb in his statement. "This line of work is inherently dangerous, and that is a risk we take when we sign up for the job. Today, that risk is the COVID-19 virus. On Saturday, I held a campaign event, where it is likely I came into contact with an infected individual."

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In late April, Lamb had told the Phoenix New Times that he could not enforce state lockdown orders on coronavirus because he considered them unconstitutional: "In tough times, tough decisions have to be made. I'm looking at two laws in each hand [and] going with the one that's 200 years old rather than two days old."

Arizona has seen a surge in coronavirus cases following the rolling back of stay-at-home restrictions by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, and health experts have stated the end of restrictions is directly responsible.


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