Gazelka: If bureaucratic state silences speech, dark times ahead for democracy

(ST. PAUL, MN) –  Statement from Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka on Senator Scott Jensen’s revelation of complaints and investigation by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for his comments of COVID:

“Of course I support Dr. Jensen and his medical expertise on COVID because he has proven to be right. USA Today fact-checked and verified Sen. Jensen’s claim that federal payments were greater if patients were confirmed to have COVID.

“We are looking into whether or not the board is compelled to investigate every complaint or if they are choosing to investigate Dr. Jensen. It’s also concerning there are two separate complaints, raising questions about coordination. Legislators should not have to fear regulators based on their speech. If the bureaucratic state can silence speech through investigations, we have very dark times ahead for our democracy.”