An Oregon small business owner who opened her salon in defiance of Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Covid restrictions is now accusing the Governor of “terrorizing” her family in retaliation. Lindsey Graham filed a $100,000 lawsuit against Gov. Brown that details the extensive damages she sustained due to extended closures and unreasonable fines.
Graham reopened her salon in May and promptly received a $14,000 fine from the state. Then Graham claims that Gov. Brown began to personally “retaliate” against her by threatening to put her children under the care of Child Protective Services in an attempt to force Graham to shutter her business.
Fox News reports:
“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 told “The Ingraham Angle” 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.”
Three days after publically opening her salon, Child Protective Services showed up at Graham’s home and “interviewed my children without my presence,” she explained.
They “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.
Graham believes that Gov. Brown does not have the exclusive authority to force a business to close which has demonstrated they can safely operate while adhering to measures the government has laid out. The lawsuit alleges that shutting private businesses “caused greater negative health effects on Oregonians in the form of increased stress, anxiety and depression.”