Republican legislators, Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) and Nolan West (R-Blaine) joined House Democrats this morning in a call for Minnesotans to follow the Governor's guidance on fighting COVID. Both mentioned that Minnesotans should wear masks while in public.
The group's purpose, as stated by Rep Kelly Morrison (DFL - Chanhassen), is to have Minnesotans #TakeThePledgeMN in joining the government's methods of fighting the spread of COVID. When pressed by the media, Garofalo stated he and the group are not asking for "stopping the restrictions" on businesses. Instead, their focus with the pledge is to show bipartisan support for fighting the spread of COVID.
At this point, it's unclear if Republican legislators in St Paul are serious about stopping the Governor's Emergency Powers. The Republican controlled Minnesota Senate refused to bring forth a vote in the November Special Session - one week after the election. House Republicans would not support Rep Steve Drazkowski in obtaining a roll call vote when he attempted to get a vote on the Resolution in November.