Maine Public is reporting that State Rep. Chris Johansen, who has been an outspoken opponent of state-mandated coronavirus restrictions and has organized multiple protests In April 2020, has reportedly contracted COVID-19.
The Bangor Daily News reported, “In a recording shared by Mainer News contributor Crash Barry, a man alleged to be Johansen said, “Listen up, I’ve got COVID and I’m really, really sick and I just don’t have time to talk to you today.”
The Bangor Daily adds, “The lawmaker’s wife, Cindy Johansen, who is the corresponding secretary-officer for the Aroostook County Republicans, shared on social media that she is sick with COVID-19.”
Neither Chris Johansen nor his wife have received a coronavirus vaccination.
Johansen was also one of seven lawmakers who refused to wear masks at the Maine State House, a requirement that was left in place even after the state’s mask mandate was lifted as coronavirus vaccination rates started to improve throughout the state. Johansen was subsequently removed from his committee position, but continued to push back against State House rules. maine public reports