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COVID issues 'not our winning message,' MN GOP lawmaker says in email

Rep. Jon Koznick appears to have emailed Democrats accidentally.

A Republican state legislator is in the spotlight — and under fire — after a very public email gaffe.

On Friday afternoon, Rep. Jon Koznick of Lakeville emailed GOP talking points to every Democrat in the House, a message apparently intended for his Republican colleagues.

"A friendly reminder (as discussed in caucus) to stay on message IF you speak today," Koznick writes in the email. "COVID issues are not our winning message. PUBLIC SAFETY is our ticket to the majority, let's win with that."

Koznick, the assistant House minority leader, has drawn widespread criticism over the message, with state Sen. Melisa López Franzen (D-Edina) tweeting, "COVID *is* a public safety AND public health issue":

Meanwhile, DFL Sen. Matt Klein of Mendota Heights — who is also a doctor — tweeted this condemnation of Koznicks message:

MPR noted that the email came the same day lawmakers debated Gov. Tim Walz’s public health emergency powers, which were enacted to help state authorities combat COVID-19.

As the station points out, "it’s not unusual for lawmakers to coordinate their talking points and strategy before a big debate... but the advice to avoid the subject of the day’s debate was more surprising."

BringMeTheNews has reached out to Rep. Koznick's office for comment. 

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