In an interview with far-left ‘resistance’ activist Mark Frascone, Tina Smith dodged the question when asked about the status of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine, instead stating her opposition to Twin Metals, a similar copper-nickel mining proposal. On Wednesday, Karin Housley, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Minnesota, issued the following statement:
“It’s more pandering from Tina Smith – and nobody is surprised. Tina Smith wants Minnesotans to think she’s on their side, but the reality is she has done virtually nothing to support northern Minnesota’s mining industry. As lieutenant governor and chief of staff, Tina Smith spent years obstructing PolyMet’s approval by hiding behind drawn-out regulatory processes and unnecessary bureaucratic delays, all the while feigning support for the project. Now, she’s doubling down – and using those same tactics to oppose the proposed Twin Metals project.
“Tina Smith knows she can’t win this election without the support of northern Minnesotans. Her unwillingness to follow through for the region simply reinforces what we already know: when it comes down to it, Tina Smith will put the will of far-left, radical environmentalists before the livelihoods of Minnesotans.
“I’ve supported copper-nickel mining from the beginning, recognizing the much-needed economic boon it will bring to the region. We can both protect the environment and support responsible mining – and as a United States Senator, I’ll be northern Minnesota’s biggest advocate.”
Karin Housley is a wife, mother, grandmother, small business owner, state senator, and Republican nominee in Minnesota’s special election for United States Senate. Learn more about Karin Housley’s campaign at HousleyForSenate.com.