After police revealed that a Minnesota lawmaker had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy, both Republicans and Democrats have banded together to ask Representative Kerry Gauthier not to seek re-election.
Representative Gauthier had been hospitalized in the wake of the scandal, denying any and all interview requests.
Charges will not be pressed against the high-profile politician as the sex, which occurred at a Duluth rest stop, was found to be consensual.
‘I am deeply disappointed with Rep Kerry Gauthier’s conduct,’ Minnesota House Minority Leader Paul Thissen said in a statement to the Duluth News Tribune.
‘The conduct was wrong and no one in the DFL House caucus condones the behavior. I expect he will address these issues publicly and soon.’
Previously, Republicans lobbied for his resignation.
‘I believe we have given Rep. Gauthier and the Democrat caucus a respectful amount of time to address this situation on their own,’ House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said Friday.
‘Rep. Gauthier’s actions are not becoming of a member of the House of Representatives, and today I am calling on him to resign from the Legislature.’
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