Jensen criticizes Walz over Harris visit

October 24, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS – Republican challenger Scott Jensen blasted Governor Tim Walz for Saturday’s Twin Cities fundraiser with Vice President Kamala Harris.

Jensen said, during the George Floyd riots, the vice president endorsed a Minnesota group that later bailed a repeat felon out of jail, who then killed a passenger on a light rail platform in downtown Saint Paul.

“Kamala Harris coming is a little bit of a slap in the face to Minnesota because she has not helped us at all in regards to restoring public safety,” Jensen said.

A Walz campaign spokesperson responded that Jensen “opposes common sense reforms like universal background checks and red flag laws that would help keep guns out of the hands of criminals” while the governor “has proposed hundreds of millions of dollars to fund local police departments.”

Meanwhile, Carleton College analyst Steven Schier said Saturday’s trip to Minnesota by Vice President Harris indicates that Minnesota Democrats are concerned about the election and want help from national leaders to boost fundraising and voter turnout.

The latest poll shows a neck-and-neck race for governor, with Republican challengers holding leads in both the attorney general and state auditor races.

Democrats hold only a razor-thin margin in the secretary of state contest.