Free Wyoming Rally organized by Outgoing Representative Scott Clem

An outgoing republican state representative says he is organizing a protest to urge Governor Mark Gordon to get rid of health restrictions.
Wyoming State Capitol in August 2020.
Wyoming State Capitol in August 2020.(Grace Foulk / KGWN)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 8:59 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - An outgoing Republican State Representative says he is organizing a protest to urge Governor Mark Gordon to get rid of health restrictions.

Representative Scott Clem says he plans on marching at the state Capitol on January 4th to protest what he calls the tyranny of the Governor, and his public health orders meant to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The state republican party leadership has promoted the protest on its face-book but says it had no role in organizing it.

Representative Clem said the orders are adding more hurt to families and businesses.

“I know there is many businesses around Wyoming that feel like the government is out of line that has caused them undue harm, financial harm and other forms of harm. People have lost businesses and livelihoods have been ruined,” Clem continued “it’s just, we just added more hurt and more trouble on top of the trouble that we already have with covid-19, it’s been grossly irresponsible as far as the government is concerned.”

In Wyoming the health officer has the power to implement state orders because of state statutes, however, Clem said “We added to our constitution, article one section 38, this was in response to the Obama administration, in regards to Obamacare. In article 1 Section 38 specifies that healthcare decisions are the rights of the people, that people have the right to make their own healthcare decisions.”

Wyoming News Now reached out to Governor Gordon’s office for a response to the protest on January 4th. This is the statement:

Governor Gordon continues to focus on preserving lives and livelihoods as he navigates this horrific global pandemic. This week the Department of Health and Governor’s Office are all reviewing the data and metrics on COVID-19 as the current orders expire on January 8th. All through the pandemic the decisions on changes to orders have been driven by data and science - that continues.

As for the protests next week, the Governor has heard many criticisms from all sides and understands there are varying perspectives on how to handle this virus and its many impacts. He [Governor Gordon] applauds anyone who exercises their First Amendment rights.

The protest will be held in front of the Capitol on Monday, January 4th at noon.

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