Masks and vaccines shouldn’t be political. They don’t have a party. — Jason Watts, Michigan GOP official
Masks and vaccines shouldn’t be political. They don’t have a party. — Jason Watts, Michigan GOP official
Michigan GOP official blames maskless colleagues for his covid-19: ‘Masks and vaccines shouldn’t be political’
Last month, Michigan GOP official Jason A. Watts was one of the few wearing a mask at an indoor party meeting with about 70 others. He said he was ordered to attend and threatened with being ousted from his role after criticizing former president Donald Trump in an interview.

About two weeks later, he was in a hospital bed gasping for air.

“I wore two masks” at the event, said Watts, 44, who ended up spending five days in the hospital. “I found out later that four people at my table — not including me — came down with covid.”

The experience has left Watts, the Republican Party treasurer for the 6th Congressional District, blasting other party members for being careless about the pandemic and for not holding the meeting virtually.

“Masks and vaccines shouldn’t be political,” Watts said. “They don’t have a party.”


The party’s district leader, Scott McGraw, disputed some of Watts’s figures, saying that he estimated 55 to 65 people attended the meeting. But he confirmed to local media that few wore masks or were vaccinated and that about four to eight attendees later tested positive.

... What upset him most about the whole situation was that the meeting was held in the first place. “There was no reason,” he said, and there was no option to attend over Zoom.

Watts also expressed frustration that party members are resistant to wearing masks and are not concerned with exposing colleagues to the virus.

“It shouldn’t be an indication of your manhood, or what have you, if you don’t wear a mask,” he said.
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