GOP Ex-Sen. Jim Inhofe: I Retired Due To Long COVID

The Huffington Post reports:

Former Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) attributed his decision to retire due to the long-term effects of COVID-19, telling local newspaper Tulsa World that certain symptoms were still affecting him day-to-day. Inhofe voted against multiple coronavirus aid packages meant to help Americans at the height of the pandemic.

The 88-year-old did not say which symptoms he was dealing with. But he suggested he was in good company, alleging that other elected representatives in Congress are also struggling with long COVID behind the scenes. “Five or six others have (long COVID), but I’m the only one who admits it,” Inhofe told Tulsa World.

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Inhofe voted against every LGBT rights measure to come before him in the Senate.

He also campaigned on the basis of his anti-gay animus, once superimposing same-sex wedding cake figures over his challenger’s face.

In 1994, his campaign slogan underscored his three top policy issues: “God, guns, gays.”

He is likely most infamous for bringing a snowball onto the Senate floor as evidence that climate change does not exist.