WOODBURY, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on the ongoing riots in Minneapolis and St. Paul following the tragic death of George Floyd.
“For many decades now, with only a rare exception or two, Minneapolis and St. Paul have been governed by liberal Democrats. The promise of a new day or the ‘good life’ has animated their political ascendancy but the reality is things have deteriorated to the breaking point we are now witnessing.
Race relations are worse than ever along with the crime rate. Housing is out of reach, taxes are at record levels, and a substandard education, despite spending increases, is the norm for too many inner-city children.
To those who say this is politicizing a tragedy—check your own post on Twitter. Besides, that happened long ago from leftist politicians, who should be running their cities, but instead have been blaming every conservative under the sun for decades of incompetence.
And now, in the wake of an injustice that must be corrected, the Twin Cities are being looted and torched. Turning the local Auto Zone into a war zone does nothing to relieve the grief of George Floyd’s family. Just the opposite, the best thing we can do to honor Mr. Floyd’s memory is an immediate return to order and a long-term commitment to restoring opportunity for everyone in our cities.
In the meantime, we cannot allow our neighborhoods and their businesses to perish. How sadly ironic that these elected officials in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been so intent on a ‘peacetime’ stay-at-home curfew when now is the time they should be calling for one.”
Lewis Stands With POTUS and MN Churches in Opposing Walz’s Restrictions
“Lockdown is Latest Attempt By Democrats to Restrict Religious Liberty”
May 22, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s announcement allowing churches to reopen immediately.
“Prohibiting worshipping during this lockdown is just the latest attempt at restricting religious freedom by radicals like Senator Tina Smith and Governor Tim Walz. From Little Sisters of the Poor to florists, bakers and even Minnesota filmmakers, liberal Democrats seem to be at war with those who practice according to their religious conscience. On this Memorial Day weekend, what’s next, removing the cross on the tombstones at Ft. Snelling?
I applaud the churches and clergy in Minnesota who showed the resolve to stand up to the Governor’s autocratic order unfairly restricting religious gatherings. No sensible person would consider abortion clinics and liquor stores ‘essential’ and places of worship during a period of social isolation ‘non-essential.’
This is yet another example of why our lawsuit seeking to overturn Governor Tim Walz’s unilateral orders is so important. The Constitution–including the free exercise of religion–doesn’t become irrelevant in a pandemic. This is a fight to preserve our fundamental liberties, and, for the sake of all Minnesotans, we look forward to making our case in court.”
Lewis Says Walz’s Actions Are ‘Not Nearly Enough,’ Doubles Down on Lawsuit
May 20, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on Governor Tim Walz’s press conference today:
“Nothing Governor Tim Walz said today had any effect on the concerns we raised in the lawsuit we’ve filed. For the sake of all Minnesotans as well as our campaign, we look forward to making our case in court.
For some reason the Walz administration—and Tina Smith, who remains AWOL while Minnesota small businesses ask for help—continues to take inadequate baby steps towards restoring Minnesotans’ civil liberties. Giving small business permission to operate at a loss at 25 or 50% capacity without a clear end in sight does little to relieve the economic desperation we are seeing across our state.
Additionally, the restrictions remain glaringly inconsistent. Restaurants can take up to 50 people with reservations in advance on their patio, but indoor establishments get even less relief. Churches as well as other gatherings are still limited to 10 people. The government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers!
This never ending one-size-fits-all economic lockdown has to end. Having visited dozens of small business owners on my ‘Reopen Minnesota for Business’ tour in recent weeks, I can say with certainty that Governor Walz’s continued blanket restrictions completely disregard the different situations on the ground across Minnesota—at the expense of restaurants to salons, family farms to retailers.
This isn’t just a battle to reopen Minnesota. This is a fight for our fundamental liberties. Attorney General William Barr was right when he said ‘there is no pandemic exception’ to the Constitution. The Governor’s continuation of unilateral guidelines did nothing to change that.”
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.”
WOODBURY, Minn – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on Senator Tina Smith’s double standard regarding recent allegations of sexual misconduct claims against Joe Biden.
“Senator Tina Smith has made it very clear how she feels about allegations of sexual misconduct. ‘Believe all women’…unless the allegations are made against a Democrat, apparently.
During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, Democrats took the allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford very seriously, even though her story lacked basic details. At the time, Senator Smith praised Ford’s ‘honesty, courage, and conviction’ and called for a ‘thorough’ FBI investigation into the allegations.
But now the tables have turned. As Tara Reade has accused Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, of sexual assault, Senator Smith refuses to even acknowledge the allegations. There has been no call for an investigation, no praise for Reade coming forward even though others have actually corroborated how she felt. Nothing but silence.
The double standard is shocking. Senator Smith either owes Justice Kavanaugh an apology, or she should stand by her ‘believe all women’ principle and call for an investigation into the allegations against Biden. You can’t have it both ways! Pick a side, Senator Smith.”
Lewis Dubs Senator Tina Smith the “Senator From China” After Q1 Reviewing Finance Report
May 14, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for taking massive campaign donations from corporations that outsource to China. Just this cycle, Smith has received over $40,000 in contributions from corporations with direct ties to China. It is no wonder Smith refuses to hold China accountable when she is beholden to companies that profit from sending American jobs overseas.
“China is responsible for this pandemic. This isn’t xenophobic – these are simply the facts. And every day China’s failures in handling the virus become more apparent, with new reports that this virus escaped from a lab.
From day one, the Chinese Communist Party intentionally deceived the world on the extent and severity of the virus. And now there is growing evidence that the virus didn’t just start in China but was unintentionally let out of a lab in Wuhan. If this is indeed the case, China is responsible for every single life lost because of the virus and every dollar spent fighting this virus.
China’s culpability is obvious to most Americans. And we must hold them accountable. One way we can punish China for their actions is by bringing our supply chains home. There is no reason we should be dependent on China for vital industries. Let’s end our reliance on China and bring those jobs back to the United States.
For example, we import 80% of rare-Earth minerals from China, while potential copper and nickel mines sit idle on the Iron Range, thanks to environmental radicals like Tina Smith.
Tina Smith supports sending our jobs overseas, plain and simple. Ultimately Tina would rather line her campaign’s pockets than ensure Minnesotans the jobs they deserve. The fact is that Tina is reliant on donations from corporations who insist on outsourcing their manufacturing to foreign countries. Just this cycle she has received over $40,000 in campaign contributions from companies with direct ties to China. No wonder she refuses to hold China accountable – she is happily taking cash from companies who outsource American jobs there.
Tina Smith is acting more like the Senator from Manchuria, not the Senator from Minnesota. That’s why I’m calling on her to return all donations she has received from companies who outsource to China. Minnesotans need someone in the United States Senate that represents Winona not Wuhan. When I’m your United States Senator, I will always put Minnesota and America first.”
Lewis Shines Spotlight on Tina Smith’s Pandemic Stock Sell-Off as Burr Receives Increased Scrutiny
May 14, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn. — U.S.
Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement Wednesday
afternoon calling out Senator Tina Smith for selling stocks amid the
coronavirus pandemic. Financial disclosures show Senator Smith and her
husband sold up to $1,000,000 in stock holdings as the stock market
started to crash due to pandemic concerns. The issue became even more
relevant Wednesday night when Senator Richard Burr came under increased
scrutiny over stock sales made in late January and early February as the
FBI seize his phone in insider trading investigation.
“Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesotans have been
told to sacrifice their own needs for the betterment of all.
Unfortunately, Senator Tina Smith, like so many ‘leaders,’ hasn’t been
following her own advice—attempting to personally profit amid the
economic turmoil surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.
As the stock market started to crash in reaction to the Coronavirus
pandemic, Smith’s first thought was how to protect her own financial
interests. According financial disclosures, she dumped between half a
million dollars’ worth and one million dollars’ worth of personal stock
holdings. And let’s not forget, shortly thereafter Senator Smith voted
twice to block the much-needed coronavirus economic relief bill.
This raises serious questions about what sensitive information Tina
Smith may have received in her role as Senator which precipitated her
decision to sell so many of her holdings. Voters deserve to know what
Tina Smith knew, and when she knew it.
It is unbelievable that a sitting Senator would put her own financial
well-being above those she is supposed to serve. Minnesotans put their
lives on hold and hunkered down in order to save lives knowing their
sacrifice would come with financial difficulties. The extended lockdown
has cost them even more than they thought. But not Senator Smith—she was
busy looking out for her own financial interests.
Tina Smith should be ashamed of herself in the way she’s mishandled the
COVID crisis—from holding up relief for partisan purposes to how her
role as Senator may have factored into this stock sale. Minnesotans
deserve better from our elected officials.”
Lewis Seeks to Help Struggling Business Owners in Crosslake
May 4, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn — On Saturday, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis held a small business roundtable in Crosslake. Nearly two dozen business owners were in attendance, representing a wide variety of businesses in the Brainerd Lakes region. The roundtable was hosted by Mike and Ruth Schweiters at their resort, Boyd Lodge. Founded in 1934, Boyd Lodge has been in their family for three generations.
“Here in the ‘land of 10,000 lakes,’ cabin season is a part of our way of life. For over 60 years, my family has enjoyed summers in Crosslake on the Whitefish Chain. Sadly, many of the great mom-and-pop resorts here in Crosslake and around the state are on the brink of bankruptcy due to this government-mandated shutdown,” Lewis said.
“I spoke with business owners in the Brainerd Lakes region on Saturday, and they all share the same concern. Summers in Minnesota are short, and resorts and small businesses rely on the summer tourism to keep their doors open. If we don’t get Minnesota re-opened soon, they might have to close their businesses for good. Many of these resorts have been in the family for generations—lifetimes of work could go down the drain if we don’t get Minnesota working again. We can’t let that happen,” Lewis added.
“This next two-week extension of the stay-at-home order needs to be the end of this. Resorts need to be able to re-open. Restaurants should be able to have their outdoor patios open for dining. People should be able to get out and enjoy their favorite Minnesota lake. All these things are possible to do safely and responsibly, while making certain we protect the vulnerable. Senator Tina Smith needs to stop cowering in place and stand up for Minnesotans who risk losing their life’s work. To deprive Minnesotans of the right to earn a living is not being a good leader,” Lewis concluded.
Lewis Meets with Doctors & Farmers on Re-Open MN Tour, Blasts Smith & Walz
Lewis Announces Plan to Help Struggling Pork Farmers, Demands Ending Ban on “Non-Essential” Medical Procedures
April 30, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis met with dozens of medical professionals, farmers and small business owners as his “Re-Open Minnesota for Business” tour continued today with stops in Chaska and Albert Lea.
The first stop was a tour of a medical clinic in Chaska and a press conference with State Senator Dr. Scott Jensen.
“It’s unfathomable that the Governor is not taking action to lift the ban on what he considers “non-essential” medical procedures. Having recently visited numerous clinics and surgeons around the state, I can tell you firsthand that people are waiting in pain to get procedures such as biopsies and orthopedic surgeries. Why is Tina Smith M.I.A. on this issue? Minnesotans are in dire pain and suffering, and I am deeply troubled by her willingness to sit idly by while people are denied life-saving medical procedures like biopsies,” Lewis said.
The second stop was a roundtable discussion with numerous small business owners in Albert Lea at Robert Hoffman Realty.
“Farms here in Freeborn County and surrounding areas are struggling. Just last week I met with several pork farmers who told me they are having to euthanize countless hogs because all the processing plants are shuttered. Just today before this meeting, a farmer who was supposed to attend called us to say he can’t make it because he has to euthanize 1,000 animals. It’s heartbreaking. It’s not right to ask farmers to euthanize hundreds, if not thousands, of animals per day and bury them in a field because of a top-down government edict.
We need to re-open the processing plants immediately, even if only with limited staff to help farmers euthanize the animals which the plants are not able to process and get to market. We then need to invoke the agricultural provisions in the CARES Act so the USDA can expand their assistance to a wider range of agricultural producers, including pork farmers. It’s also time to examine the possibility of extending crop insurance to livestock farmers.
This can’t wait, and Senator Tina Smith has failed to deliver for Minnesota farmers, it’s that simple,” Lewis concluded.
Lewis Announces “Re-Open Minnesota for Business” RV Tour
April 16, 2020
WOODBURY, Minn — Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced that over the next several weeks, he will be embarking on a “Re-Open Minnesota for Business” RV tour beginning with several stops in the Metro area tomorrow. The tour will consist of Jason Lewis meeting one-on-one with small business owners at their shuttered businesses to hear about the economic hardship that the shutdown is inflicting on their businesses and families. Select stops will be open to the media.
“Several weeks ago I was the first to call for Minnesota to gradually re-open while protecting the vulnerable and defeating the virus, which was met with praise from small business owners. I am pleased to see more and more beginning to call for the economy to re-open, but the time is past due for tone deaf politicians like Senator Tina Smith to take heed, and therefore I am embarking on a ‘Re-Open Minnesota for Business’ tour to help struggling small business owners tell their stories and be heard,” Lewis said.
“Right now there are 22 million Americans out of work, and just today Minnesota-based Best Buy announced they are furloughing 50,000 employees. Enough is enough – Minnesotans desperately need further economic relief. Just today, the Small Business Administration announced they are out of money from the first come, first serve Paycheck Protection Program. This is not a game. Senator Tina Smith twice voted to block economic relief to work in funding for her liberal pet projects like funding the Kennedy Center and the Green New Deal, and we can’t afford for her to play politics any further. Lives and livelihoods are on the line,” Lewis continued.
“I call on Senator Smith to do her job and provide a much-needed lifeline to ailing businesses by funding the Small Business Administration. Then I call on her to stand with me in demanding Minnesota re-open for business when the stay at home order ends on May 4th. If she is not willing to do so today, perhaps she will be willing to do so after hearing from the many struggling families and small business owners I will be meeting with in the coming weeks,” Lewis concluded.
Media advisories will be made in advance of select tour stops in the coming weeks, and media members can reach Communications Director Christine Bauman ([email protected]) for questions regarding the schedule.