Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Walz for Stay at Home Order
Lockdown Sets Dangerous Precedent
May 19, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn – Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Tim Walz’s “stay at home” executive orders as unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The complaint can be viewed here.
Lewis released the following statement:
“What started as a fight against an invisible danger has morphed into a fight against a very clear and present danger, and that is a fight against unconstitutional power grabs being waged by radical liberals like Senator Tina Smith and Governor Tim Walz. Whether it’s Senator Tina Smith holding COVID relief hostage to ram through her liberal agenda, or Governor Tim Walz imposing a never ending one-size-fits-all economic lockdown while jobs and small businesses go belly up, these power-grabbing politicians need to be held to account, for ourselves and posterity alike.
That is why today my campaign has filed a lawsuit against the state of Minnesota and has named the Governor as the defendant. For over a month I have been on a “Reopen Minnesota” RV tour, meeting with small business owners across the state and helping them tell their stories and struggles. The time has come to take the fight to the next level.
As I’ve been saying for some time now, the overreach from these unprecedented lockdowns has moved beyond economic hardship and favoritism into the realm of threatening our most basic liberties, including the fundamental right to travel and meet with friends and neighbors. Our action serves notice on the state that it too has limits, especially when its arbitrary actions encroach on the freedoms of Minnesotans.
On behalf of all Minnesotans and future generations of Americans, I look forward to our day in court.”