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Anti-Mask Florida official dies of COVID, takes GOP software secrets with him


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Just a day after testing positive for COVID-19, a Florida Republican official who fought against mask warrants, attacked the vaccine, and cursed CDC officials died in Tampa.

Gregg Prentice, 61, headed the Hillsborough County Election Integrity Committee.

In a September 14 letter to the Federal Election Commission, the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee said it might not be able to file its monthly financial reports as required because only Prentice knew how to do it.

“Gregg’s software converted the data from our Quickbooks software to provide the information needed for FEC,” he says. “Unfortunately, Gregg passed away suddenly from Covid-19 on Saturday September 11, 2021. Gregg did not share the software and instructions with our officers. We will need to enter data for August manually, and based on the information we have received from our FEC analyst Scott Bennett, we will likely need to re-enter data for our first 7 months of 2021.

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“We’ll have a hard time getting this all into the right format before our deadline of September 20, but we’ll try to do our best.”

Along with other members of the Hillsborough County Election Integrity Committee, Prentice was a vocal critic of the vaccine, mask warrants and COVID prevention measures. He spoke out against top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci, swearing in a Twitter post to “end falconry”. He also insisted that the United States needs “more socialist distancing than we do social distancing” and that the pandemic was created to destroy small businesses.

A spokesperson for the Hillsborough Republican Executive Committee reportedly said Prentice’s wife and daughter also contracted COVID-19.

Meanwhile, as the local party falters, Prentice associates have been spreading their own savage conspiracy theories – presented without evidence – about the official’s death.

Friend Jason Kimball blames Tampa General Hospital for the 61-year-old’s death, alleging staff “illegally intubated” Prentice the day before his death. At a Tampa City Council meeting on September 13, Kimball called for an investigation. However, city council members denied any wrongdoing or mistreatment by the hospital.

“My public comments are really going to be about Tampa General Hospital,” Kimball said at the board meeting. “There is a dire situation right now… that I don’t think anyone is aware of, and I have first-hand knowledge of it. They intubate everyone who enters Tampa General Hospital as the first line of action. They use a death treatment protocol, and I think the city council really needs to investigate … They are intubating people illegally … When you call 911 and go to this hospital, you enter a bad situation.

City Councilor John Dingfelder quickly ended Kimball’s comment, calling it “dangerous.”

“While we respect the First Amendment rights of anyone who calls… I think it’s an extremely dangerous comment to broadcast to the community that they shouldn’t be going to Tampa General Hospital… [It] is the first or the two best hospitals in this community … There is no better place. Doctors and staff are dedicated to saving lives, and if I was sick with COVID … I would go to Tampa General Hospital, ”said the Democrat representing Tampa’s Third District.

After praising the medical center, Dingfelder reconsidered Kimball’s remarks: “It was a very dangerous comment from that person … People listen to ridiculous comments without doing the right research.”

Other council members stepped in, agreeing with Dingfelder.

That didn’t stop Kimball from speaking out on Facebook, where he continued to perpetuate the myth that COVID-19 is a “medically engineered virus.”

Kimball admitted he was not a doctor. A LinkedIn profile using Kimball’s name and photo lists him as a pharmacy technician at Walmart. He previously worked at South Lake Pharmacy in Zephyrhills, Florida.

After Prentice died on September 11, he posted: “FOR THE VIRUS – we have a genetically engineered virus that is spreading in Florida. We have lost Gregg Prentice, a mentor to many in Hillsborough County, to the man-made virus. …. Don’t play with this man-made virus – as soon as you feel weird, follow a treatment protocol. If you are sick or have brain fog, make sure you have a hospital / inpatient clinic where you can actually get treatment in case your condition gets worse.

In response to Kimball praising Prentice, one follower wrote, “I cannot believe of all the people who have been murdered in this manner that Gregg is now one of them. It’s a hell of a loss to the Tampa area, Hillsborough County, every patriotic person around, and of course their family … I wish the people who did this would be held accountable, but it’s up to us to spread the appropriate treatment protocol in the hope that this does not happen to someone else. Sad day. “

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