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Daughter of late state Sen. Jerry Relph who died of COVID-19 calls on Senate GOP leader to apologize [View all]

Daughter of late state Sen. Jerry Relph who died of COVID-19 calls on Senate GOP leader to apologize for his role in father’s death


The daughter of the late state Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, is calling on the Minnesota Senate majority leader to apologize for holding an in-person election victory party last month, which is how her father likely contracted COVID-19 weeks before he died, she said.

“It was a frivolous and vain action,” said Dana Relph, referring to the Nov. 5 dinner party at a Lake Elmo event center hosted by Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake. “I’m sorry, but celebrating holding onto the Senate in the middle of the pandemic? They were spending money on something like that and then putting people in danger.”

Relph, 42, spoke with the Reformer a day after her father succumbed to complications from the disease, the first Minnesota lawmaker to do so. COVID-19 is particularly deadly to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Jerry Relph was 76.

She said the event put not only senators at risk, but also staffers and event employees. “It fills me with rage that it happened.”

Read more: https://minnesotareformer.com/2020/12/21/daughter-of-late-state-sen-jerry-relph-who-died-of-covid-19-calls-on-senate-gop-leader-to-apologize-for-his-role-in-fathers-death/

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