U.S. Senate Candidate Loses Argument Over COVID-19
.@LewisForMN sued @GovTimWalz‘s Administration in May arguing his #Covid19 restrictions on public gatherings violated Lewis’ constitutional rights to campaign. I asked him if that decision was selfish. #MNSen pic.twitter.com/CACa8N1yff
— Austin Erickson (@AEricksonKVRR) September 4, 2020
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A federal judge dismisses a challenge by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis to Minnesota’s coronavirus restrictions.
Judge Donovan Frank rejected the former congressman’s arguments that the rules unconstitutionally limit his freedom to campaign.
The judge ruling that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz acted within his authority to respond to the public health crisis when he imposed restrictions on crowd sizes and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.
One of Lewis’ arguments for the lawsuit was Walz’s order prevented Lewis from campaigning in person. On September 3, KVRR asked him if that stance is selfish.
“Of course not. I think people have an inherent right to earn a living or assemble or engage in free speech. There is no pandemic exception to the rights of assembly, the rights to work, the rights to engage in whatever you want to do,” Lewis said.
Lewis says he’ll appeal and make the ruling a campaign issue.