A California deputy district attorney and rising Republican star who slammed vaccine mandates a month ago at a Turning Point USA rally has died from complications of the virus. 

Kelly Ernby, 46, died this week after contracting the virus. It is unclear whether or not she was vaccinated.    

She spoke at a rally against COVID vaccine mandates at the Irvine City Hall on December 4. 

The event was hosted by the Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine chapters of the conservative group Turning Point USA. 

She had been an outspoken critic of vaccine mandates since before the pandemic. In 2019 she railed against a state law proposing new vaccine requirements for schoolchildren. 

California deputy district attorney and rising Republican stare Kelly Ernby, 46, died from complications of COVID this week

California deputy district attorney and rising Republican stare Kelly Ernby, 46, died from complications of COVID this week

California deputy district attorney and rising Republican stare Kelly Ernby, 46, died from complications of COVID this week

Kelly Ernby is survived by her husband Axel who is self-employed as a management consultant in Huntington Beach

Kelly Ernby is survived by her husband Axel who is self-employed as a management consultant in Huntington Beach

Kelly Ernby is survived by her husband Axel who is self-employed as a management consultant in Huntington Beach

‘There’s nothing that matters more than our freedoms right now,’ she said in opposition of vaccine mandates, according to the Daily Titan. Ernby urged the crowd to unite and fight for their beliefs.  

She compared the current political division to the 1960s fight against socialism. 

‘Our government for the people and by the people is not going to exist without action of the people,’ Ernby said. 

Ernby is survived by her husband, Axel who is self-employed as a management consultant in Huntington Beach. 

The Huntington Beach resident worked as an Orange County deputy district attorney for 10 years specializing on in environmental and consumer law. 

She first joined local politics in 2020 when she ran for state Assembly in the 74th District challenging Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, a fellow Republican, to replace Cottie Petrie-Norris, the freshman Democratic incumbent. 

The self-proclaimed political outsider earned endorsements from several local politicians but lost in a close race. She continued to search for her spot in politics getting involved in the county Republican Party as the precinct chairman. 

Ernby became an elected Orange County GOP central committee member later in 2020. She was midway into the four-year term at the time of her passing. 

The 46-year-old fought against vaccine mandates even before the COVID pandemic dragged the issue into the national spotlight. 

In 2019, Ernby appeared in an online town hall to discuss her stance on medical freedom. She firmly opposed a new state law that proposed tightening immunization rules for California schoolchildren. 

‘My fundamental belief is that government should be very small and I don’t believe in mandates,’ she said on November 3, 2019. 

‘I don’t think that the government should be involved in mandating what vaccines people are taking,’ she explained. ‘I think that’s a decision between doctors and their patients…. If the government is going to mandate vaccines, what else are they going to mandate?’ 

Ernby’s death was confirmed as friends and colleagues began sharing social media posts expressing their grief. 

Ernby was a strong vocal opponent of vaccine mandates. Her vaccination status is unclear

Ernby's last Facebook post (pictured) shows her celebrating the Christmas holiday with Axel and Nixon while honoring her mother who passed away

Ernby's last Facebook post (pictured) shows her celebrating the Christmas holiday with Axel and Nixon while honoring her mother who passed away

Ernby’s last Facebook post (pictured) shows her celebrating the Christmas holiday with Axel and Nixon while honoring her mother who passed away 

‘She was very passionate about her love for politics, for America and the Republican Party,’ said Jon Fleischman, former executive director of the California Republican Party and a longtime Orange County GOP activist, according to the Los Angeles Times

He was shocked by her ‘sudden’ passing and explained that the two planned to meet later this week to discuss another state Assembly run. 

‘I found her to be funny and generous,’ he said. ‘She quickly became part of the fabric of our party. We’re really going to miss her. It’s very sad.’ 

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer expressed his sorrow in a statement: ‘The Orange County district attorney’s office is utterly heartbroken by the sudden and unexpected passing of Deputy Dist. Atty. Kelly Ernby.’ 

‘Kelly was an incredibly vibrant and passionate attorney who cared deeply about the work that we do as prosecutors — and deeply about the community we all fight so hard to protect.’   

He also remembered his ‘incredibly vibrant and passionate’ colleague in a touching Twitter thread.  

Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner also memorialized his colleague online. ‘Kelly was an outstanding public servant and an even better person,’ he said on Twitter.

Ernby was also strong voice the in Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall election, which he won with 60 percent of the vote. She openly opposed him and strongly backed Larry Elder. 

Much of her dislike of Newsom came from his strong stance on COVID vaccine mandates and closures. 

‘I don’t like the fact that he is shutting down our churches, our schools, our businesses, and that people have rights and liberties that he is not protecting,’ she told the Costa Mesa Breif ahead of the recall election.  

Source: dailymail

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