The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a recall petition against Gov. Tim Walz.
Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote in an 11-page order that the state’s recall threshold for elective officials is necessarily high, and the bid to remove the DFL governor didn’t meet it.
A group of voters argued that Walz committed malfeasance with his executive orders around the coronavirus pandemic, including his stay-at-home directive that came with a potential fine for violators.
Gildea said she wouldn’t pass judgment on whether Walz exceeded his authority.
She wrote that “to determine whether sufficient grounds and facts have been alleged, I do not need to decide whether Gov. Walz had the authority to issue the stay-at-home order or the other emergency executive orders at issue.”
Gildea said the law doesn’t require her to render a verdict on whether Walz exceeded his authority. But even if proven, she wrote that the allegations in the petition “do not
She declined to appoint a special judge to oversee the case as she dismissed it in its entirety.
No Minnesota governor has faced a successful recall.