For Immediate Release
June 27, 2018
Troy, MI – A fundraiser being held for Lena for Congress at Franklin Hills Country Club scheduled for today was cancelled by the board of directors. The campaign was told the cancellation was due to Lena’s political views. She released the following statement:
“Several days ago, I was told that a fundraiser being held for me at Franklin Hills Country Club, where my family has been members for generations had been cancelled. Upon hearing this, I was upset, but did not want to make the issue public. The situation escalated when it was published on social media, and picked up by a news outlet. After seeing what’s been happening across the country to Republicans like Sarah Sanders and Pam Bondi, I wanted the opportunity to share what happened to me.
The event had been scheduled and confirmed for over a month, and was fully compliant with Franklin Hills rules. That’s why it was so unsettling to hear by those who cancelled the event, the decision was made because they disagreed with my political views. I have no qualms in admitting I was an adamant supporter of Donald Trump in 2016. I did everything I could to help elect him, and give him the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to drain the swamp and implement his America First policies. Today, I still strongly support our President, and couldn’t be more proud that he is keeping his campaign promises. Although I’ve never been bashful about my support of President Trump, I have never shamed others for disagreeing with me.
Just one month ago, members of Franklin Hills hosted a fundraiser for the brother of CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, Suneel Gupta, a Democrat who is also running for the 11th Congressional District seat. The same Franklin Hills that cancelled my event for political reasons. It’s deeply disappointing Republicans are being held to a separate set of standards.
I’m an adult, and a strong enough person to deal with things not always going my way. But this isn’t just about one fundraiser being cancelled. It represents a much bigger issue we’re now facing as a nation. The double standards, and unfair targeting of Sarah Sanders, Pam Bondi, and now myself should not be tolerated. Nor should the hateful rhetoric of Maxine Waters. We need to learn how to have civil discussions, and be cordial with those we don’t always agree with. On the campaign trail, I don’t always see eye to eye with everyone I meet. But at the end of the day we can still be kind to one another.
I will not let this unfortunate situation deter me from continuing to support our President. And I will not let it deter me from fighting for the people of Southeast Michigan. I hope lessons can be learned from this, and we can work toward treating everyone fairly, regardless of political beliefs. I am determined to bring grace and dignity back to the political discourse in this country.”
Lena Epstein is a candidate for the United State House of Representatives, who has spent the last 15 years as a savvy automotive industry businesswoman, community leader, and nationally recognized conservative. She is a third-generation co-owner of Michigan-based Vesco Oil Corporation. Lena served as the Co-Chairman of the Donald J. Trump for President campaign and regularly speaks out in favor of America First policies through local, national, and international media outlets. You can find out more by visiting www.lenaforcongress.com.