The Arizona Republic reports:
State Sen.-elect Kelly Townsend is asserting what she seems to believe is her God-given right to spread illness. The legislative session has yet to begin and already Townsend has defiantly informed Senate President Karen Fann that she will not follow a mandate to wear a face covering while in the building.
“I’ve already told them where I stand. What are they going to do? Arrest me?” Townsend told Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services. A mask is a simple form of protection against the novel coronavirus for the wearer and for the individuals he or she comes into contact with.
To Townsend, it is a violation of rights. Hers, anyway. Townsend told Fischer, “They’re going to physically block me from the building? Well, that’d be fun.”
State Sen. Kelly Townsend plans to spew unmasked exhaust at the Capitol https://t.co/uV3hHUc4yd via @azcentral
— E.J. Montini (@ejmontini) December 28, 2020
Behold, keeper of all things sanitary – Sir Shortsalot cometh to Hobby Lobby in a land named Arizona, to shew all heathen women that they shall complyeth with the royal mask decree. 👑https://t.co/DQOSUPNllr
— Senator-Elect Kelly Townsend (@KellyTownsend11) December 23, 2020
So very proud of you, @Heard4StateRep. I envy you, at least your fight is against Democrats. I will need to stand against this with my own party of so-called Republicans. https://t.co/uAi6D21wAd
— Senator-Elect Kelly Townsend (@KellyTownsend11) December 22, 2020