DURHAM, NH - DECEMBER 02:  Representative Richard Hinch speaks during the opening session of the New Hampshire Legislature at the Univeristy of New Hampshire which is held outdoors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on December 2, 2020 in Durham, New Hampshire. State law requires the opening day of legislative business to be held on the first Wednesday of December. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

But on Thursday, Sununu, who instructed native radio in March that the “good news is, is that when you go on quarantine or God forbid, you should even get the virus, it’s about a two-week period, right? Either you’re going to have the flu for a couple of weeks. You’re going to be off for a couple of weeks. It’s not months, and months and months. So it is something that is very likely manageable from a financial standpoint,” struck a way more somber observe, chastising the many individuals in his state who listened to him within the first place. 

Sununu instructed reporters that Hinch’s dying “is a stark reminder that this virus doesn’t care if you’re in a long-term care facility, if you’re an elected official — no one is immune.” Fellow New Hampshire Republican state Rep. William Marsh tweeted help of Sununu’s place: “Those in our caucus who refused to take precautions are responsible for Dick Hinch’s death.” Sununu has confronted grumblings from his new Republican majority, lots of whom rode into workplace saying that any official intervention in public well being issues (i.e., masks mandates and social distancing orders) was anathema. 

New Hampshire, like many states throughout the nation, is dealing with the worst surge of circumstances and deaths from COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic started. Last week, Sununu needed to affirm that 4 House Republicans had caught the virus “after attending a Nov. 20 caucus at the McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester.” The occasion was an outside buffet with folks not carrying masks. Sununu admonished the administration of the assembly.

Democratic officers have been already indignant that Hinch had not knowledgeable them of this, with outgoing Democratic House Speaker Steve Shurtleff saying the dearth of transparency and the dangerous decision-making by Republican legislators within the state was harmful for everyone. “This decision puts the lives of all members and staff of the House of Representatives at risk.” 

Hinch dismissed Democratic criticism on the time. On Dec. 1, Hinch launched a press release saying: “We are experiencing higher than usual rates of infections in our state, and the Legislature and its members are not immune from that. We are a citizen legislature, and it can be expected that our legislators are at the same risk as the citizens we represent.” On Dec. 2, Hinch “created a separate seating area for the roughly 80 Republicans who refused to wear masks when all House elected members took the oath of office outdoors at the University of New Hampshire in Durham,” based on the Union Leader.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette says that her workplace will examine Hinch’s dying, however won’t launch particulars to the general public except they “need to know.” Shibinette wouldn’t reply whether or not or not Hinch was examined on Dec. 2 and left open the concept Hinch might have contracted the virus after the occasion.

Along with Hinch’s sudden dying, Democratic lawmakers within the Granite State have referred to as for quick entry to testing, and extra accountable performing on the a part of its new majority.

*Surprisingly, election fraud conspiracy theorists don’t appear to have minded the ends in New Hampshire.