Scott Walker, the perennial political candidate known for nailing homemade campaign signs to trees around the state, is suing Gov. John Carney over his decision to shut down businesses.
The former Republican congressional candidate filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging that Carney's mandated restrictions on businesses and public gatherings are unconstitutional and posing a hardship for many Delawareans.
"They're sitting in their homes under virtual house arrest and they can't feed their families," said Scott Walker, who won the GOP nomination for U.S. House in 2018 and said he is currently running for U.S. Senate.
"All he's doing is just closing businesses," Walker said of Carney. "He's copying what these other governors are doing. The working guys, ... the middle class, we're the ones who are getting crushed."
The lawsuit, which was filed even before Carney declared a public health emergency, claims Carney's edicts restricting movement and commerce are a "naked power grab" to seize control of the state ahead of the November elections.
"Defendant Carney's heavy handed one size fits all is only producing more panic in Delaware that is unnecessary," the lawsuit states. "For example, population density should be Carney's metric for closings and travel bans."
The lawsuit, which also names Carney's secretaries of education and health and social services as defendants, said state officials should be working to convert school buildings that are currently vacant because of the virus outbreak into treatment and rehabilitation centers for those who contract COVID-19.
Carney's office had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.