A powerful Freedom Foundation commercial rebuking Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 shutdown order debuts today on cable TV in Eastern Washington. The commercial exposes the damage Gov. Jay Inslee’s edict is doing to businesses and livelihoods by highlighting its effects on Slidewaters, a popular Lake Chelan water park.
Slidewaters and its owners, cousins Robert and Burke Bordner, are being represented in a suit against the state by the Freedom Foundation.
After a federal judge rejected a request for a temporary restraining order against the shutdown order, the park was fined $9,000 for remaining open and forced to close on July 20 by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
As a result, the Bordners had to lay off 150 seasonal employees, most between the ages of 16 and 24.
The Freedom Foundation has appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“How is it possible that in a nine-acre park, I cannot have anyone here in a safe manner?” Robert Bordner asked.
“The only thing unhealthy about this situation is Gov. Jay Inslee’s overreaching arm to shut us down.
“And that is what we are fighting for,” Bordner said. “To overrule a government that is trying to take over the lives of American citizens for their own benefit and for their own plans.”