One day after attending an anti-mask group’s “Freedom Family Cookout,” Bob Stefanowski, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor in Connecticut, announced on Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mr. Stefanowski (60), is seeking revenge for his 2018 election loss. Ned Lamont (Democrat) stated in a statement he was asymptomatic.
“I just wanted to let everyone know that I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning after finding out I had a positive exposure,” Mr. Stefanowski said. “I am vaccinated, boosted, and feeling fine so far. I will continue to adhere to all C.D.C. protocols.”
Mr. Stefanowski and his campaign would not elaborate about the circumstances of his exposure to the virus, which has come roaring back in Connecticut this spring, making the state one of the nation’s hotspots for infections.
Mr. Stefanowski tweeted photos of himself at the cookoutSunday was spent in Marlborough (Conn.), southeast of Hartford. He met up with the attendees at the fund raising event. According to an article, the picnic was organized by Unmask Our Kids CT and CT Liberty Rally. online invitation to the event — two groups that have gained prominence for their efforts opposing pandemic restrictions in the state.
As of Monday in Connecticut, the seven-day positivity rate for the coronavirus was 12.3 percent, which was down slightly from Friday’s rate of 14.19 percent, according to data provided by the state.
The virus has been spreading through Connecticut’s halls and power structures. During a one-week span in April, four of the state’s six constitutional officers, all Democrats, tested positive: Gov. Lamont on April 7, and Lt. Governor. Susan Bysiewicz on April 10, Shawn T. Wooden (state treasurer) on April 12, and William Tong (agent general) on April 13.
Mr. Stefanowski, a Madison, Conn.-based businessman, was overwhelmingly supported by Republicans at their state party convention earlier in the month to represent the party against Mr. Lamont in the November elections. In 2018, he was the surprise victor in a crowded G.O.P. primary in the governor’s race, but lost a three-way contest in the general election.