The chairman of a GOP Committee, which had just hosted a social gathering with Senator Tom Cotton and Representative Louie Gohmert, has just passed away from complications while fighting the coronavirus.
Steven Farmer, the chairman of the Craighead County Republican Committee in Arkansas, was admitted to the hospital on September 18th, just four days after the event. It is unclear whether he contracted COVID at the event, as attendee Rep. Gohmert had just recovered from the virus.
The GOP Committee’s ‘Reagan Day’ event was documented in hundreds of photographs, which showed a lack of social distancing and mask-wearing.
Farmer was brought to the ICU upon entering the hospital, and placed on a ventilator.
By September 25th, Farmer’s doctor reportedly informed the family that he was “very worried that dad was not going to make it through this,” his daughter relayed.
On Monday, the doctors told her that her father had minimal brain activity, after which he passed away. He is survived by his wife, Judy Davis-Farmer, their three daughters, and several grandchildren.
In a public social media post on October 6th at 7:29 a.m., Farmer’s daughter Audrey Haynie said her father’s “soul is singing today even though ours aren’t….I’m sorry we couldn’t save you but I know that you’re even more perfect now than when you were here.”
The Craighead County Republican Committee also put out a statement on its official Facebook page about Farmer’s passing: