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New Hampshire legislature blames peers for the COVID-19 death of the Speaker of Parliament

Rep. Dick Hinch, the newly elected Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has died of COVID-19. His colleagues accuse each other.

The 71-year-old Republican was sworn in at an outdoor ceremony on December 2, during which large numbers of his Conservative counterparts did not wear masks.

“Hinch created a separate seating area for the 80 or so Republicans who refused to wear masks when all the elected members of the House took the oath of office,” said the New Hampshire union leader.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu described Hinch’s death as a “tragic and cautionary story” of ignoring personal precautions against pandemics. “For those who are out there doing the opposite just to make a ridiculous political point, it is terribly wrong,” Sununu said at a press conference yesterday.

Some have blamed the ruthless lawmakers more explicitly for Hinch’s fate.

“Those in our caucus who refused to take precautions are responsible for Dick Hinch’s death,” tweeted Republican MP William M. Marsh, a retired doctor.

It is not clear when or where Hinch discovered the virus. But “in the weeks leading up to his death, Hinch was at the center of a tense controversy between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over GOP members’ lack of compliance with public health guidelines,” notes the Washington Post.

In November, he and other Republican lawmakers were photographed without a mask at several indoor gatherings. One of the November 20 events included a buffet and was responsible for ensuring that at least four lawmakers received COVID-19, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said.

New Hampshire isn’t the only state where lawmakers have battled COVID-19 outbreaks.

Recently there have been “a number of COVID-19 cases in the Ohio General Assembly,” notes WOSU Radio. Three Pennsylvania lawmakers tested positive for the virus this week, as did Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. Legislation in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Indiana also reported new cases among lawmakers this week.

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