Former Westchester County Executive and two-time Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced Thursday on twitter, that he tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. Astorino added that he feels better Thursday and has cold like symptoms.
“I tested positive for Covid yesterday,” Astorino tweeted. “I feel better today. Cold-like symptoms. I’m vaccinated.”
Astorino who called for schools in New York to disobey the current indoor mask guidelines for kids and adults in June and slammed Gov. Kathy Hochul’s new indoor mask mandate aimed at curbing a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Sunday, December 12th, has been a critic of vaccine mandates. Now he says he encouraged people in high-risk categories to speak with their doctors and consider getting a shot.
Astorino, a member of Trump’s 2020 reelection advisory council and Trump defender on CNN after losing his bid for re-election for County Exec, says he hasn’t gotten a booster shot and received his result from an at-home test, doubled down on his opposition to mandates.
“My opinion on how bad our so-called leaders have handled this hasn’t changed either,” Astorino told The Post. “They’ve been wrong on just about everything and continue to change the goalposts and narratives. We need to move forward and get back to some sense of normalcy, especially for our children.”
Astorino – one of Donald Trump’s key supporters in New York – lost to George Latimer in 2017. The Trump defender served as Westchester County executive from 2010-17. He was the GOP nominee for governor in 2014 when he lost to Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Now he is vying for the Republican Party nomination for 2022 alongside frontrunner Rep. Lee Zeldin and Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor and Former President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.