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Walz and Ellison: Wear a mask, stop crowding at campaign events


October 21, 2020

An attendee takes a photo of the stage during a campaign stop featuring Eric Trump on a farm near Northfield, Minnesota, on Oct. 13, 2020. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

ST. PAUL - With just two weeks before Election Day (and thousands of voters already having cast their ballots early), Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison are making a final plea to Minnesotans to follow coronavirus safety protocols if they attend campaign events.

In a Tuesday, Oct. 20, news release, Walz and Ellison wrote that they "welcome the opportunity for Minnesotans to participate in democracy," but " we must do so in a way that keeps our communities safe from COVID-19." They said "the science is clear" on the high risk of coronavirus transmission at events where many people are gathered for extended periods of time, like campaign events.

The joint release comes on the heels of a public spat between Ellison's office and the Minnesota Republican Party. MN GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan accused Ellison's staffers of threatening organizers of a campaign event for President Donald Trump earlier this month. Ellison's office responded that they were not attempting to stifle political speech but only inquire about organizers' coronavirus preparedness plan.


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