US Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Files Suit Against Governor Walz Seeking To End COVID-19 Restrictions

US Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Files Suit Against Governor Walz Seeking To End COVID-19 Restrictions

May 20, 2020

Republican US Senate candidate Jason Lewis has filed a lawsuit against Governor Walz. Lewis is claiming that restrictions on travel and gathering are having an impact on his campaign under the 14th amendment. Lewis says he had to provide a claim to file the lawsuit but says this about giving Minnesotans their freedom and liberty back.

“Even the police power of the state has a limit,” said Lewis. “As attorney general, Barr says ‘there is no pandemic exception to the bill of rights.’ This is why we filed a lawsuit and why we believe we’ll be successful.”

Lewis says the government-mandated restrictions need to end.

“This has gone on long enough,” said Lewis. “The cure has become worse than the disease. People in Greater Minnesota have had enough and we aim to give them a voice.”

Lewis, a former Minnesota representative, is challenging incumbent Democrat Tina Smith for the US Senate seat. He spoke with Lynn Kittleson of the Linder Farm Network.

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Jason Lewis sues Governor Walz for his Coronavirus stay at home order

Jason Lewis sues Governor Walz for his Coronavirus stay at home order

Senate candidate says order is preventing him from campaigning appropriately

May 20, 2020

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 on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  Lewis is currently campaigning against Tina Smith who currently serves as one of Minnesota’s two Senators along with Amy Klobuchar.  

Lewis says that Governor Tim Walz’ stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus is preventing him from campaigning appropriately.

In a release, Lewis says, ““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.”

On his RV campaign tour across Minnesota Lewis has been calling for a reopening of Minnesota since the order went into place.

The Governor has said that he stands by his Executive Order.

News Talk 830 WCCO Political Analyst Blois Olson said on the Morning News Wednesday that this could actually be a boost to Lewis’ campaign.  

“He’s using Donald Trump’s campaign lawyer in the lawsuit, so you can drawthe conclusion you want to from that.  It’s definitely going to spark Lewis’ campaign, help him in fundraising, raise his national profile, stuff like that.  But it’ll help Lewis’ campaign if it’s successful.”

You can see the full complaint from Jason Lewis here. 

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Jason Lewis sues Gov. Walz claiming COVID-19 orders are unconstitutional

Jason Lewis sues Gov. Walz claiming COVID-19 orders are unconstitutional

May 20, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate and former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis is suing Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, claiming his ‘stay at home’ order and ‘Stay Safe MN’ order violate the constitution. 

The lawsuit claims the orders issued by Walz harmed Lewis’ ability to campaign and also “creates an unconstitutional ban on travel that violates the U.S. Constitution.

“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,” Lewis said in a statement. “Our action serves notice on the state that it too has limits, especially when its arbitrary actions encroach on the freedoms of Minnesotans.” 

The lawsuit seeks judgment to declare the orders issued by Walz violates the U.S. Constitution. The suit also seeks an injunction prohibiting Walz from enforcing the orders. 

A spokesperson for Gov. Walz said: “The virus has forced the state to take drastic action to keep Minnesotans safe, but it’s action that is within the Governor’s authority. It is also in line with federal guidance and similar to what many other states are doing. All of the Governor’s actions have been grounded in the need to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans, and he will continue to work to find ways to get Minnesotans back to work and to a place where they can safely gather in large groups.”

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Jason Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Walz Over Stay at Home OrderJason Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Walz Over Stay at Home Order

Jason Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Walz Over Stay at Home OrderJason Lewis Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Walz Over Stay at Home Order

May 20, 2020

Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Tim Walz over his stay-at-home order.

The lawsuit marks at least the third legal challenge to Walz’s stay-at-home order. According to a press release from Lewis’s campaign, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District for the District of Minnesota.

“This limitation on the number of people that may attend a gathering severely limits the Plaintiffs’ ability to engage in Campaign Activities. Said limitation also creates an unconstitutional ban on travel that violates the U.S. Constitution. This deprivation of Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights has and continues to harm Plaintiffs,” the complaint states.

Lewis released the following statement in announcing the lawsuit:

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.

Attorney General Keith Ellison told MPR’s Brian Bakst that governor’s executive orders “are fully within his legal and constitutional authority, and my office will fully defend them in court.”

“More than 17,000 Minnesotans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 , and nearly 750 have died from it,” Ellison said. “Jason Lewis is tying up our legal system with a frivolous, political lawsuit about how the pandemic has inconvenienced him personally while Minnesotans are caring for each other by staying safe at home.”

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Jason Lewis Sues Minnesota Governor Over Stay At Home Orders

Jason Lewis Sues Minnesota Governor Over Stay At Home Orders

Lewis’s lawsuit says that Walz orders are unconstitutional, partly because they unfairly target certain establishments while stores like Walmart are allowed to continue operation unencumbered.

May 20, 2020

Former US Congressman and current senate canidate Jason Lewis sued Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Tuesday, over his weeks long stay at home order.

Lewis filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. According to his official complaint, the governor’s stay at home orders and associated economic shutdowns violate the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Central to Lewis’s legal argument are his claims that Walz doesn’t actually have the authority to enforce his orders— and that even if he did, the unequal manner in which he he has applied them, allowing some business to open while forcing other to stay closed, is also illegal.

“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,” Lewis said via a press release the same day his suit was filed.

He also criticized one of Minnesota’s US senators, Tina Smith, for “holding COVID relief hostage to ram through her liberal agenda.” This is not the first time he’s accused Smith of prioritizing partisan objectives over pragmatic solutions amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. In late March he took a sharp jab at Senate Democrats, saying they used the coronavirus relief bill as a “political tool to push their radical agenda, including the Green New Deal… Tina Smith must immediately put aside the partisan politics and put the needs of the American people first,” Lewis concluded.

The senatorial canidate is not alone in his legal efforts against Minnesota’s democrat governor. The Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC) has also filed against Walz in federal court, representing churches that say the governor’s harsh restrictions on religious services are unfair when compared to his more relaxed rules about retail outlets.

“It is clearly unconstitutional for the governor to allow people to go to the Mall of America but not Living Word Christian Center,” says an attorney from the the UMLC, per the Star Tribune.

A separate suit has also been initiated by several small businesses around Minnesota about three weeks ago that say they’ve treated unfairly compared to big box stores like Walmart and Target that get to remain open.

“Why can’t I sell Nikes at my store while Walmart down the road can sell the same shoes there? I’m only going to have a couple customers in my store at a time, Walmart’s got 500 in there at a time- why can’t I be open?” asks one individual involved in that lawsuit, per a CBS affiliate.

Erick Kaardal, a long time liberty-minded Minnesota lawyer who’s no stranger to going against the government has filed his own suit as well.

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Lewis sues Walz, saying coronavirus orders hindering his Senate campaign

Lewis sues Walz, saying coronavirus orders hindering his Senate campaign

May 19, 2020

Former Minnesota congressman Jason Lewis, a Republican challenging U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Gov. Tim Walz’s coronavirus emergency orders violate the Constitution.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court of Minnesota, Lewis and his official campaign are listed as plaintiffs, and Walz as the defendant. Lewis claims that Walz’s executive orders have violated his rights to travel and hold large gatherings, and are therefore harming his campaign operations. The complaint notes that campaign activities, “such as rallies, meetings, dinners, and speeches,” are not considered essential work by Walz’s order.

Walz’s “stay at home” orders lifted on Monday and some nonessential businesses have been allowed to open at partial capacity with sanitation and social distancing guidelines in place. Under Walz’s updated “stay safe” order, restaurants and bars still cannot serve in-house patrons, and Minnesotans are not allowed to hold gatherings of 10 people or more — exclusions that Lewis says hinder his campaign activities.

In a Tuesday news release, Lewis called Walz’s executive orders “unconstitutional power grabs,” which he blamed for business closures and unprecedented unemployment numbers across the state.

“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,” Lewis said.

Attorney General Keith Ellison stood behind Walz’s executive orders when responding to Lewis’s lawsuit on Tuesday, saying the orders are “fully within his legal and constitutional authority, and my office will fully defend them in court.” He pointed to other states’ whose governors have issued similar orders in hopes to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Minnesotans don’t need frivolous lawsuits while a deadly serious pandemic is claiming their loved ones’ lives,” Ellison said. “Real leaders will step up to fight it rather than pulling political stunts.”

Walz spokesman Teddy Tschann responded on Tuesday saying coronavirus “has forced the state to take drastic action to keep Minnesotans safe, but it’s action that is within the Governor’s authority.”

“All of the Governor’s actions have been grounded in the need to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans, and he will continue to work to find ways to get Minnesotans back to work and to a place where they can safely gather in large groups,” he said.

Lewis is asking a judge to enjoin and prohibit Walz from enforcing his coronavirus executive orders, as well as reimbursement for legal fees. A Lewis spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about how the lawsuit is being funded.

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Fmr. Congressman Jason Lewis Sues Gov. Tim Walz Over Stay-At-Home Order

Fmr. Congressman Jason Lewis Sues Gov. Tim Walz Over Stay-At-Home Order

May 19, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former Minnesota Republican Congressman and radio show host Jason Lewis is suing Democratic Gov. Tim Walz.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Lewis claims the stay-at-home order was unconstitutional, and is getting in the way of his new campaign.

Lewis says the governor’s restrictions go against the U.S. Constitution, and have prevented him from holding campaign events like rallies and dinners.

“…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,” Lewis said. “Our action serves notice on the state that it too has limits, especially when its arbitrary actions encroach on the freedoms of Minnesotans.

Gov. Tim Walz’s spokesman Teddy Tschann gave WCCO this statement early Tuesday evening:

The virus has forced the state to take drastic action to keep Minnesotans safe, but it’s action that is within the Governor’s authority. It is also in line with federal guidance and similar to what many other states are doing. All of the Governor’s actions have been grounded in the need to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans, and he will continue to work to find ways to get Minnesotans back to work and to a place where they can safely gather in large groups.

Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office also released this statement early Tuesday evening:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the executive orders that Governor Walz has issued in the fight against COVID-19 are fully within his legal and constitutional authority, and my office will fully defend them in court. Courts around the country have been upholding governors’ orders to protect people from COVID-19. I have no reason to think courts in Minnesota will rule differently.

More than 17,000 Minnesotans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and nearly 750 have died from it. That means 750 families are planning funerals. Minnesotans don’t need frivolous lawsuits while a deadly-serious pandemic is claiming their loved ones’ lives. Real leaders step up to fight it rather than pulling political stunts.

Lewis was a member of Congress from 2016 to 2018, and is now running to replace Sen. Tina Smith.

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Republican Senate candidate sues Walz over COVID-19 restrictions

Republican Senate candidate sues Walz over COVID-19 restrictions

May 19, 2020

Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, arguing that restrictions meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus violate his ability to campaign as he wishes.

The case is just one of several lawsuits over the governor’s coronavirus orders. But the unique nature of it could earn Lewis attention, something harder for political candidates to come by with COVID-19 still dominating the public’s attention.

Lewis, a former congressman, is among the Republicans seeking the nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. Lewis argues that the now-lapsed stay-at-home order and other continuing restrictions have kept him from campaign activities “such as rallies, meetings, dinners, and speeches.”

“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,” Lewis said in a written statement. “Our action serves notice on the state that it, too, has limits, especially when its arbitrary actions encroach on the freedoms of Minnesotans.”

n Enger | MPR News file

Updated: 5:38 p.m.

Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, arguing that restrictions meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus violate his ability to campaign as he wishes.

The case is just one of several lawsuits over the governor’s coronavirus orders. But the unique nature of it could earn Lewis attention, something harder for political candidates to come by with COVID-19 still dominating the public’s attention.

Lewis, a former congressman, is among the Republicans seeking the nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. Lewis argues that the now-lapsed stay-at-home order and other continuing restrictions have kept him from campaign activities “such as rallies, meetings, dinners, and speeches.”

“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,” Lewis said in a written statement. “Our action serves notice on the state that it, too, has limits, especially when its arbitrary actions encroach on the freedoms of Minnesotans.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court. It seeks an injunction against any enforcement against large gatherings or travel as well as attorneys fees.

The Minnesota restrictions aren’t unique to campaigns nor do they apply to candidates specifically. But Lewis notes that campaigns aren’t exempt either.

Walz’s spokesperson said the restrictions are “action that is within the governor’s authority. It is also in line with federal guidance and similar to what many other states are doing.”

“All of the governor’s actions have been grounded in the need to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans,” the governor’s spokesperson said.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said his office will defend the governor’s orders in court.

“Courts around the country have been upholding governors’ orders to protect people from COVID-19. I have no reason to think courts in Minnesota will rule differently,” Ellison said. “Jason Lewis is tying up our legal system with a frivolous, political lawsuit about how the pandemic has inconvenienced him personally while Minnesotans are caring for each other by staying safe at home.”

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Jason Lewis: GOP isn’t what it once was. Good riddance.

Jason Lewis: GOP isn’t what it once was. Good riddance.

May 19, 2020

Talk about having your finger on the pulse.

In 2008, Sen. John McCain marched out of St. Paul and the Republican National Convention as the GOP’s presidential nominee — and promptly lost Minnesota by 300,000 votes.

The senator from Arizona was followed in 2012 by Mitt Romney running on his private-equity platform. He lost our state by 226,000.

The swamp calls this progress.

In comes Donald Trump in 2016, with little money and no paid staff on the ground, and he nearly pulls off an amazing upset, losing Minnesota by just 44,000 votes or 1.5% — the closest margin for a Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Yet none of this stops Minnesota’s own clique of never-Trumpers from their tiresome attacks (“Minnesota Republicans, what are you going to do?” May 15) on the president and those Republicans who dare to back him — who appear to be quite numerous. Indeed, Trump has by far the highest approval ratings among Republicans since Reagan.

For practical purposes, David Durenberger hasn’t been a Republican for some time, and Tom Horner literally left the party long ago. But that hasn’t stopped the media — in particular the Star Tribune — from treating them as grand old patrons of the Grand Old Party.

Their criticisms, however, ring as hollow as their brethren on cable news spewing the most vile invective at Trump Republicans. It’s easy to see why — their cozy world of inside baseball has crumbled faster than the national pastime under the police-state national lockdown they admire.

The fat-cat public relations contracts political mercenaries have fed off are gone, replaced by a Republican Party that’s representing the working class at the expense of the carried-interest crowd. And by a president who eschews unilateral disarmament in favor of fighting back.

That’s what really explains the inscrutable hysteria from a few establishment Republicans who joined Democrats in trying to remove a duly elected president from office on charges they knew to be false. It betrays a particular kind of rank pettiness coming from 11th Commandment has-beens who lectured conservatives on how they needed to circle the wagons around Messrs. McCain and Romney.

Make no mistake, these are the folks who backed Republicans only when party leaders weren’t interested in getting tough on China, securing the border or putting America first. These are globalists backing industry bailouts along with open borders and the welfare state. Yet now they rail against Minnesotans who know they will never get the freedom and prosperity they deserve from anyone espousing green new deals at the expense of the Iron Range or from former senators who could never quite gather enough votes for single-payer insurance.

It won’t matter. The realignment is already too far along to stop Minnesota from turning red. Democrats may never let a crisis go to waste, but their credibility has taken a massive hit.

From Russian and Ukrainian impeachment hoaxes to Michael Avenatti to defaming Covington high schoolers and Brett Kavanaugh. And now they and their dwindling band of political miscreants are backing former Vice President Joe Biden — “personal flaws” and all.

No doubt Durenberger and Horner will also support Democratic incumbent Tina Smith in this year’s Senate race, along with all the politically correct CEOs and their big corporate PACs pouring beltway cash into my opponent’s coffers. In fact, Smith has already taken tens of thousands of dollars from companies outsourcing jobs to China while selling the family’s stock during a coronavirus crash.

These folks are giving hypocrisy a bad name, yet a day doesn’t go by where the media doesn’t eagerly promote some never-Trumper’s last ditch and desperate attempt at relevance.

Are we really to believe the “ethical and moral roots” of two pro-abortion rights advocates attacking Republicans while refusing to mention a Democratic Party that’s all in on what Daniel Patrick Moynihan once called infanticide?

Or candidate Biden promising Beto O’Rourke “will be the one who leads” gun-control efforts in order to “save lives?”

Why, “hell yes.”

When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in north Minneapolis, I’d ask them for a dime, walk a block from their apartment on the second story of a neighborhood house and head down to the five-and-dime on Dupont and Broadway for hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. My maternal grandparents didn’t have money, but they had a safe neighborhood.

But for far too many residents, the “good life in Minnesota” has faded faster than the credibility of the magazine that coined the phrase.

The primary reason for today’s polarization is clear: the Democrat Party has shifted so far to the left as to be unrecognizable to average voters. A recent Pew Research Center study reveals this leftward lurch which explains much of the partisan gap in public opinion.

Perhaps the “resistance” Democrat drift is why so many of the malcontents are lashing out these days. But I suspect another reason is that the GOP is finally showing these impostors the door and they know it.

Here’s hoping it doesn’t hit them on their way out.

Jason Lewis represented Minnesota’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House, 2017-2019. He is a Republican candidate this year for the U.S. Senate.

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GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis joins flurry of suits against Minnesota shutdown orders

GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis joins flurry of suits against Minnesota shutdown orders

May 19, 2020

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis has joined a growing list of litigants challenging the Walz administration over the Minnesota governor’s shutdown orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Lewis’ lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is the second federal legal challenge to Gov. Tim Walz’s amended executive order in as many days: On Monday, the Upper Midwest Law Center filed suit on behalf of churches asking a judge to fully reopen places of worship.

Attorneys for the state also will be in court later this week in an enforcement action against a Stearns County bar owner who sought to reopen his chain of restaurants on Monday in defiance of the governor’s emergency orders.

Those cases follow a challenge brought last month by the Free Minnesota Small Business Coalition, a group of small-business owners asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to strike down a series of executive orders that forced them to close their businesses.

Lewis, challenging DFL incumbent Sen. Tina Smith, is seeking an order stopping Walz from enforcing his orders limiting public gatherings and temporarily shuttering bars, restaurants and other types of businesses that bring people into close contact.

The former radio talk show host and congressman has made the pandemic restrictions a focus of his campaign, speaking out on a statewide RV tour and joining protesters outside the governor’s residence last month. His senior counsel, Justin Clark, also serves in the same role for the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump, who supported the protesters.

“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,” Lewis said in a statement Tuesday.

Walz spokesman Teddy Tschann said the governor’s orders are legal measures to protect the public during the pandemic.

“The virus has forced the state to take drastic action to keep Minnesotans safe, but it’s action that is within the Governor’s authority,” he said in a statement. “It is also in line with federal guidance and similar to what many other states are doing.”

He added that the governor is seeking to “find ways to get Minnesotans back to work and to a place where they can safely gather in large groups.”

Walz revised his order on May 13 to allow certain businesses to reopen and let people gather in groups of 10 or fewer. Lewis argues that the requirement that no more than 10 people can gather “severely limits” his ability to engage in campaign activities and creates “an unconstitutional ban on travel that violates the U.S. Constitution.”

State Attorney General Keith Ellison called Lewis’ lawsuit “a frivolous, political lawsuit about how the pandemic has inconvenienced him personally while Minnesotans are caring for each other by staying safe at home.”

Ellison has also gone on the offensive to enforce Walz’s orders. His office is suing Kris Schiffler, owner of Shady’s Hometown Tavern and Event Center in Albany, Minn., after Schiffler publicly vowed to reopen Monday in violation of Walz’s order. A judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking Schiffler from opening and set a court hearing for Friday.

In a recent interview, Ellison said he anticipates the need to defend the governor’s executive order as long as it remains effect.

“It is an order designed to promote good health and life,” said Ellison, whose mother died in March from complications of COVID-19. “My first argument is not a legal one, my first argument is don’t you want to protect your family? Don’t you want to protect yourself? This is what it’s about.”

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