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Minnesota DFL blasts GOP campaign practices in pandemic

DFLers say Republicans are ignoring COVID-19 safety precautions


September 3, 2020


DFL State Party Chair Ken Martin, shown in 2018.

Minnesota Democrats assailed their Republican counterparts Wednesday for campaign practices they say ignore COVID-19 safety precautions and put the larger public at risk as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the state.

"We need to be crystal clear about what's happening here," said Ken Martin, chair of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, queuing up an online slide show that showed GOP leaders posing for group photos indoors in recent weeks without face masks or social distancing. "The Minnesota Republican Party's unsafe events could be spreading COVID-19 across our state, landing people in the hospital and even killing them."

The DFL criticism came as campaigns of Democratic candidates - including that of former Vice President Joe Biden - have relied almost exclusively on virtual or remote events. Republicans have returned to more traditional, in-person gatherings, such as the largely maskless White House rally for President Donald Trump on the last night of the Republican National Convention.


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