The Texas salon owner jailed for defying coronavirus lockdown orders is running for a Senate seat.
Shelley Luther, owner of Salon a La Mode in Dallas, opposes Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s mask mandate, calling it “ridiculous.”
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“I have a feeling that if a business owner wants to require a mask to enter, then that is their right,” Luther said Saturday on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
His salon, which requires customers to wear masks due to the face-to-face nature of the business, but Luther believes a business owner should have the right to make that decision. She was jailed for less than 48 hours for opening her business during the May lockdown.
“People should be able to make decisions for themselves,” she said. “There must be a special [legislative] called session and this should be discussed with other people who can create laws for this purpose. Not just being a king or turning into a communist state, and we can’t do that. ”
“Thousands of people have contacted me. I think people really long for a real person in government, ”she told co-host Will Cain of her decision to run for office.
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Luther said she would have supported a temporary shutdown, up to 30 days, and then determining “what’s safe enough to get out or in.”
After the temporary closure, she said: “If people want to take the opportunity to go somewhere [without a mask], it is absolutely their right to do so. ”
Luther defended her actions in May, noting that other businesses around her were open and thriving as her salon was to remain closed.
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His punishment has become a rallying cry for some Republican lawmakers and conservative activists who have denounced the lockdown measures in Texas, even as the state has reopened faster than many others.
Luther said she received praise and donations from several people and appreciated the recognition from President Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of R-Texas, who visited Luther’s living room to show their support. She is running for a vacant seat in the 30th District of the State Senate which has attracted a number of candidates.