|For Immediate Release|
September 16, 2019Contact: Becky Alery
|MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan released the following statement regarding the recent revelation that a press outlet deleted footage of First Lady Gwen Walz at the request of the Walz Administration:|
“It is beyond concerning that Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) deleted unflattering footage of First Lady Gwen Walz at the behest of the Walz Administration. What was unflattering, one may ask? Apparently Walz was not prepared for the conversation of race to be brought up during a panel discussion about problems within our criminal justice system.
“If there is a theme for Governor Walz’s first year in office, lack of transparency comes to mind. Minnesotans have yet to find out why two Department of Human Services (DHS) officials resigned, then un-resigned following the resignation of Commissioner Lourey, only for one of the two to later resign for a second time. Voters apparently have to wait an additional 90 days to get any further details from DHS of the massive, million dollars of overpayments and misuse of taxpayer dollars. And we are still waiting to hear the true story behind the chaos and investigations at the Department of Corrections.
“And now, the Walz Administration took their lack of transparency on step further by pressuring TPT to actually delete footage from a panel discussion featuring First lady Gwen Walz after it didn’t go according to plan. TPT, which receives taxpayer funding, happily obliged. Minnesotans deserve to know why the Walz Administration is in the business of dictating what the press does and does not get to release. They also deserve answers on why the press (especially publically funded press) would participate in requests of this type from anyone – especially the Governor’s Administration.”