An Oregon salon owner has sued Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for $100,000 over the state’s lockdown and for fining her $14,000 for defying the rules and reopening her business during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lindsey Graham, owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, filed a lawsuit on Dec 18 against the Democratic governor claiming that forcing her business to shut down violated her civil rights.
Graham joined “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Monday to discuss the lawsuit.
Graham claimed that Brown “put her full weight” into ‘terrorizing’ her to close, going as far as sending Child Protective Services to her house to “intimidate” her.
“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 in the interview. She terrorized myself, she terrorized my stylists and she terrorized my family.”
Graham continued, “She took every government agency she could and she put her full weight into intimidating me into closing, including sending Child Protection Services to my home and threatening the removal of my children.”
Less than three days after Graham publicly opened her salon, Child Protective Services came to her house.
“They opened a full blown case against me that was completely bogus and completely unwarranted. They didn’t close [the case] until I shot back at them with the threat of a lawsuit.”
In May, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health department (OSHA) threatened Graham with a $70,000 fine the day before she was planning on opening her salon, claiming that Graham’s business was a “hazard to the community and employees.”
Graham argued that OSHA did not have jurisdiction because she did not have any employees working for her. However, OSHA fined her $14,000.
“They are continuing to refuse to withdraw it despite the fact that they can not present any evidence that I am an employer, so unfortunately I do have to go to court for that citation,” Graham said.
While Graham has been fighting to keep her business open, Antifa has been running the streets of Oregon, smashing storefronts and looting businesses. The Oregon governor has turned a blind eye to the anti-fascist group, and has focused on keeping Oregon businesses on lockdown.
“Kate Brown, she picked her battle early and she’s running Oregon like a complete dictatorship,” Graham said. “You can watch the news and see what she has done to Oregon residents, it’s appalling. And clearly she believes she has the authority to do so, she came after me with everything she has.”
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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”
Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.
Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.
At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.
“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”
“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”
This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”
During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.
“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”
“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”
Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.
Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.
“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”
Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.
“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”
He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.
Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”
“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.
You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.
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