Paul Gazelka and Mary Giuliani Stephens are Dangerous for Minnesota
Alliance for a Better Minnesota responds to Paul Gazelka’s selection of running mate Mary Giuliani Stephens
April 25, 2022
MINNESOTA - Today, Alliance for a Better Minnesota released the following statement regarding the announcement that Mary Giuliani Stephens will be joining Paul Gazelka’s campaign for Minnesota Governor:
“Paul Gazelka has made it clear that his vision for Minnesota includes a Texas-style abortion ban, huge tax cuts for corporations at the expense of our public schools, and shortchanging hardworking families. His choice of running mate, Mary Giuliani Stephens, further shows that he is not the leader that Minnesotans deserve,” said Marissa Luna, executive director of Alliance for a Better Minnesota. “From attacking our public health care programs to advocating for guns in schools and threatening a woman’s right to choose, Mary Giuliani Stephens has a decades-long record of extreme policy positions that are out of touch with the needs of Minnesotans.”
In 2018, Stephens said she supports getting rid of MNsure and eliminating state-run health insurance programs. She advocated for cutting funds for Health and Human Services in Minnesota and offering tax breaks to corporations. She is an outspoken opponent of reproductive rights and in 2018 expressed support of extreme abortion restrictions. In 2017, she promoted a policy that would bring guns into public schools and has continually opposed all safeguards on gun use even in response to school shootings.