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An Oregon salon owner suing over state lockdowns accused Gov. Kate Brown of trying to terrorize her family and employees.
Glamour Salon owner Lindsey Graham, who has filed a $100,000 lawsuit over damages she has sustained from forced coronavirus closures and fines, told Fox News guest host Tammy Bruce that the Democratic governor threw the “full weight of the state” at her after she defied orders mandating her business remain closed.
Brown “terrorized” her family and even threatened to have her children removed by sending Child Protective Services to her home, Graham recounted on “The Ingraham Angle” Monday.
Glamour Salon was forced to close back in March when Brown issued the “Stay Home, Save Lives” order. Graham reopened her salon in defiance of Brown’s orders six weeks later in May and was immediately hit with a fine of $14,000 from the state.
(Source Fox News)
“As soon as I tried to open my doors against the governor’s mandate back in May, she came at me with the full weight of the state,” Graham said on Monday.
“She terrorized myself, she terrorized my stylists, and she terrorized my family. She took every government agency she could, and she put her full weight into intimidating me into closing, including sending Child Protective Cervices to my home and threatening the removal of my children,” she told Bruce, who was filling in for Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Graham noted that Child Protective Services showed up and “interviewed my children without my presence,” at her home just three days after she reopened her salon.
State officials “opened a full-blown case against me which was completely bogus and unwarranted, and it didn’t come until I shot back at them with a threat of the lawsuit,” that they backed down, Graham said.
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The lawsuit, filed on Dec. 18 in Marion County court, alleged that forcing small private businesses to close “caused greater negative health effects on Oregonians in the form of increased stress, anxiety and depression.”
Since some businesses are able to remain open safely and follow government measures meant to protect the public health, Graham contended in the lawsuit, the governor has no right to order them to close.
“The government imposed irrational and random restrictions on which businesses could remain open and which businesses had to close,” the lawsuit stated. “The government provided little to no notice to the business owners or their employees before entire sectors of the economy were randomly closed for business.”
Graham also recounted how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed her case, fining her $14,000 and calling her business a “hazardous facility” for employees.
The salon owner also pointed out that Brown is operating the state as a “complete dictatorship” and, as she is not up for reelection, she is not concerned with earning “brownie points” with voters.
“Kate Brown, she picked her battle early on and she is running Oregon like a complete dictatorship. She isn’t up for reelection so she does not need to earn brownie points from anyone,” Graham said.
“And you don’t even have to be from Oregon. You can watch the news and see what she’s done to Oregon residents. It is appalling. Clearly, she believes she has the authority to do so when she came after me with everything she had,” she added.
“I’ve talked to CPS state employees and they came forward and said they are shocked at her behavior and never seen a case go through like this,” Graham said.
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