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Georgia’s GOP Governor Files Lawsuit To ‘Restrain’ Atlanta Mayor From Talking About Face Masks

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Georgia’s GOP Governor Files Lawsuit To ‘Restrain’ Atlanta Mayor From Talking About Face Masks





Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said on Twitter Sunday that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has asked for an emergency injunction to restrain her from talking to the press.

“In addition to being sued over a mask mandate and voluntary advisory guidelines on COVID-19, @GovKemp has asked for an emergency injunction to ‘restrain’ me from issuing press statements and speaking to the press,” Bottoms explained on Sunday. “Far more have sacrificed too much more for me to be silent.”



Kemp’s request to the court is part of a larger injunction to prevent enforcement of Bottoms’ decision to roll Atlanta back to Phase 1 in the city’s reopening plan, as well as mandate masks in the city. Kemp argues that Bottoms’ “mandates” are actually just guidelines and unenforceable.

In the injunction, Kemp asks that the court: “Issue an interlocutory and permanent injunction to restrain Mayor Bottoms from issuing press releases or making statement to the press, that she has the authority to impose more or less restrictive measures than are ordered by Governor Kemp related to the Public Health Emergency.”

In a Sunday interview with CBS, Bottoms called the governor’s actions “simply bizarre.”




“He filed a 124-plus-page lawsuit against me this week calling for an emergency injunction to stop me from speaking about his orders,” she said. “If the governor of this state had his way, I would not be allowed to speak with you today. And so this blame game is most unusual.”





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