Buchanan staffer passes away after battle with COVID-19

Buchanan staffer passes away after battle with COVID-19
Vern Buchanan tweeted about the death of staffer Gary Tibbetts (Source: WWSB)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Suncoast Congressman Vern Buchanan announced Friday that one of his field representatives passed away after a battle with COVID-19.

Gary Tibbetts, a field representative for the congressman, was being treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital after a positive diagnosis of the novel coronavirus.

“Gary was the consummate professional and true professional in every since of the word,” wrote Buchanan in a Tweet. “He touched so many lives and was loved and respected by those who knew him.”

A spokesperson for the office previously told ABC7 that Tibbetts had not had recent contact with the congressman or his staff.

Representative Margaret Good, Buchanan’s opponent, issued a statement on Tibbetts’ death.

“I’m deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Gary Tibbetts. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and colleagues. He was a dedicated public servant who worked every day to make this community a better place,” wrote Good.

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