Luke Letlow: Death of a Politician

Luke Letlow had a lot in common with other Americans dying from Covid-19. At 41 he was not old and he had no known previous illnesses. His death on Tuesday caused sadness and dismay among politicians at the Capitol in Washington. Letlow had just won a by-election in Louisiana’s fifth congressional district and was due to be sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives in a few days. The Republican was the highest ranking politician to die of Covid-19. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who had the coronavirus himself, said Letlow’s death was “a very clear reminder that the virus kills.” To date, more than 340,000 people in the United States have died after being infected with the coronavirus.

Letlow had long been active in his state’s politics, colleagues remembered him as a “rising star” in the party. He worked first for the former governor Bobby Jindal and later as chief of staff of the MP Ralph Abraham, who did not run again and won his seat Letlow. His electorate base was in rural Louisiana. There Letlow called for compliance with corona protective measures, but also advocated for the economy to reopen soon. He praised Donald Trump for his policy in the Corona crisis and expressed skepticism about mandatory mask wear. Politicians have a problem whenever they issue regulations that cannot be enforced by the security authorities, he said in an interview. Letlow called on the hospital to donate blood and plasma during the pandemic.

50 Congress politicians infected since the start of the pandemic

According to the radio station NPR, a total of fifty politicians and 220 employees have been infected with the virus in Congress. A Florida MP employee died from it that summer. After Louie Gohmert, Republican MP from Texas, tested positive in July, stricter rules were in place, at least in the House of Representatives. Gohmert is an opponent of the protective measures and had attended meetings several times without a mask. In the meantime, the security forces in the Capitol can ask people without a mask to leave the building. Vaccinations for all members of Congress have also started.

The late MP Letlow was not among those who downplayed the virus itself. Quite a few of his party friends have been doing this since the beginning of the pandemic. Trump, who infected himself in late summer and staged his quick recovery in front of the cameras for days, fired protests against the protective measures. He held mass rallies at which many people did not obey the rules of protection. Among them was 74-year-old former presidential candidate Herman Cain. He was against wearing a mask and showed himself without mouth and nose protection at Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20. On July 30th, he died of Covid-19.

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