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Mon Aug 3, 2020, 03:57 PM

California GOP Consultant Rues 'Big Mistake' That Led to Family's COVID Infections

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Source: Kaiser Health News

SACRAMENTO — The tweet Richard Costigan posted July 23 was bluntly honest: “We tried our best to limit exposure to #COVID19 but we slipped up somewhere.”

Costigan tweeted while waiting anxiously in the parking lot of a hospital outside Sacramento. The veteran Republican political consultant had just dropped his wife, Gloria, off at the emergency room. He wasn’t allowed to go in with her.

But they didn’t wear masks, he said, and family members went in and out of the house to grab drinks and use the restroom. “We thought we’d done everything right, and we screwed up,” Costigan said in a July 29 phone interview. “We made a big mistake.”

Now seven of the 10 family members who attended that backyard gathering are sick. Emma and Andrew don’t have any symptoms but haven’t been tested. Exactly who introduced COVID-19 to the group is unclear. No one showed signs of sickness at the time. The first person to become sick was Gloria’s sister, then her niece — then her mom.


Read more: https://khn.org/news/california-gop-consultant-rues-big-mistake-that-led-to-familys-covid-infections/



I have some respect for a (r)epuglicon that can admit some blame, some personal responsibility. Rare.

I’ve been taking flak from friends of mine because I’ve been posting “wear a mask.” Wearing a mask — somehow it has become a freedom issue. It’s not a grand conspiracy. Wearing a mask is a simple thing to do to prevent someone else from getting sick. I do not understand how this has turned into a political issue. The government has a role to play. This is a health care crisis.

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erronis Aug 3 OP
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Miguelito Loveless Aug 3 #3
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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 04:05 PM

1. "I do not understand how this has turned..." Of course he understands and is not saying. Trump.

Trump started immediately ridiculing and throwing out scorn at people wearing a mask and refusing to where them. Calling it being PC.

Of course he understands and participated becoming a political stance. As they get people sick and kill.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 04:09 PM

2. Correction: You TOLD YOURSELF you "were doing everything right."

I'll give him a little credit for admission (and not trying to twist the blame back onto us) but hold my respect until he's actually spent a little time advocating for genuine, non-predatory action against COVID-19 from his own party.

If the KHN.org link isn't working, here's an alternative:

https://californiahealthline.org/news/california-gop-consultant-rues-big-mistake-that-led-to-familys-covid-infections/

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 04:23 PM

3. You "do not understand"?

These are YOUR people, who share YOUR party's views, that YOUR party expounded. It is a "freedom issue" because it is how your party chose to frame it. You can't belong to the Jim Jones fan club, stop at the CostCo to pickup 100 lbs of Kool-Aid™, buy tickets to Guyana, then claim be mystified by all the people dying of cyanide poisoning.

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:47 PM

11. +1 Well done

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:42 PM

18. And BOOM as the mic hits the floor.

He stops just short of "Wait...I'm a Republican? Why didn't anyone tell me? Golly!"

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 04:31 PM

4. Take some responsibility! Your party made it a freedom issue and a political issue

And continue to do so... do not claim ignorance, “I don’t know how this happened” is a load of crap.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 04:44 PM

5. Sounds like almost everybody who attended their small backyard family gathering

got infected. Covid is so highly infectious.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:10 PM

7. I'm waiting for the dog to test positive. They're all COVIDIOTS! n/t

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 04:48 PM

6. Fuck Him!


nothing more

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:14 PM

8. Now that it is hurting ME ME ME ME ME ME ME, it's really serious, and not a hoax!!

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:15 PM

9. COVID.. The silent, invisible potential killer. 😷😷😷😷

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:36 PM

10. so many just like him..

it's hard to have any sympathy. Maybe back in February or March.....but August? That's a whole lot of freedom..and as they say, freedom isn't free. Pay with your life, and the lives you take.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:49 PM

12. uh huh

newsflash: you're not doing "everything right" if you're attending FAMILY GATHERINGS

I do wish the family well though, I really cannot wish covid on anyone.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:51 PM

13. Gee golly whiz, however did this mask thing become political? If only there were some clues!

Wimp.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:59 PM

14. It's like playing Russian Roulette.

Go out once? Fine. Go out a second time? Fine. Then the third one - BAM! It hits you and there's a lot of collateral damage resulting from the fallout.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:03 PM

15. Stupid is as stupid did. nt

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:13 PM

16. I keep saying the whole GOP is rotten from the head down.

This proves it. He takes no responsibility and sees no cause beyond COVID itself.

I don't mean to be cruel but this is inexcusable in an elected official with responsibility for his constituents. Your own kind, as well as your family, put their faith and their trust in you. You are the asshole who let them down. You as much as infected everyone at that party along with anyone they've been near since it happened. You're also the one who can't call the GOP or your President to account.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:40 PM

17. What strikes me the most about this article is "GOP" in the headline.

I had Kaiser coverage in CA when I lived there, I loved it. I'm very familiar with Kaiser Health News. They were always totally apolitical, so to see "GOP" in a headline is really surprising. To me, it indicates they're tired of being put in the position of saving Republican idiots who listen to Trump.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:43 PM

19. "Now thou has seen, Thomas, thou believes." If these fake Christains knew their Bible

they would have known better than to be a "Doubting Thomas."

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:47 PM

20. So much for protecting your family and friends, eh? You failed them by listening to idiots. You...

have only yourselves to blame, your family could have stood up too, and someone, any of them could have been demanding that they wear masks and/or social distance, "Mr. but I didn't see I do not understand how this has turned into a political issue". You are a hypocrite and you know exactly how this became a political issue. You know exactly who to blame, and point the finger at.

And ironically enough, doesn't the republican playbook demand that there be less government, that government is too invasive, too much, etc.? Your party's own creed that there be less government and now you're crying out for government. All of the years you all have belittled government and the benefits of having 'big government' and here you are, whining and moaning about the 'government having a role to play'.

You are a double dealing hypocrite. Nothing less.

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:48 PM

21. After discussion with hosts ... LOCKING

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