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MN Rep Urged To Step Down Amid Sex Scandal

From the Minneapolis/St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Duluth Rep. Kerry Gauthier urged to quit by own party amid sex scandal

By John Brewer | Monday August 20, 2012

Calls for state Rep. Kerry Gauthier to quit politics grew louder Monday, as party leaders urged the first-term DFLer from Duluth to withdraw his bid for re-election following reports he had oral sex with a 17-year-old boy at a Duluth-area rest stop in July.

DFL stands for the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, which is an affiliate of the Democrat Party.

The calls come despite the fact the St. Louis County attorney’s office determined no crime had been committed in the rest stop incident.

Lest we forget, there was no crime in the notorious Mark Foley scandal, either. In fact, there was not even any sex.

"The situation involving Kerry Gauthier is deeply unfortunate, both for Gauthier’s constituents and for our party," Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chair Ken Martin said in a statement Monday, Aug. 20. "His actions are inexcusable. No one in our party condones what he did, nor will we defend him in this matter."

Really? We haven’t heard Obama speak out against Mr. Gauthier, have we?

Martin joined Rep. Paul Thissen, a Democrat, in asking Gauthier not to seek re-election.

Thissen met with the embattled legislator over the weekend, after Gauthier was released from the hospital for a "serious health condition," according to a statement.

Was he fighting depression? There seems to be a lot of that going around lately. (Cf. Jesse Jackson, Jr.)

"I shared with him that his friends and colleagues are concerned for him and his health, but also that we were all very disappointed in his behavior. I expect he will address these issues publicly and soon," Thissen said. "As I shared with Representative Gauthier, I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election."

House Speaker Kurt Zellers, a Republican, made a stronger call Friday, saying that Gauthier should resign during his current term in the wake of the public sex incident.

Gauthier hasn’t addressed the issue with the media. A call for comment Monday to his office was not returned.

But just look at how the news media has run amuck with this story. It’s everywhere.

We’re kidding, of course. There has yet to be one word about this in the national press.

Also Friday, Duluth City Council member Jay Fosle announced plans to run as a write-in candidate against Gauthier and Republican Travis Silver. And Monday, Erik Simonson, an assistant fire chief with the Duluth Fire Department, told the Duluth News Tribune he also plans to launch a write-in campaign.

Gauthier, a first-term representative, is up for re-election in November.

According to police reports obtained by the Duluth News Tribune, Gauthier, 56, told police in a July 31 interview that he found the boy through an ad he put on Craigslist.

The two met at the Thompson Hill Travel Information Center, on the north side of Interstate 35 overlooking Duluth and Lake Superior. They engaged in oral sex behind the rest stop pavilion, the report said.

Another person at the rest stop called the Minnesota State Patrol to report suspicious activity, the newspaper said. The patrol and local police ended up investigating.

Both Gauthier and the boy said that the sex was consensual and that no money changed hands, the newspaper reported.

In his statement, DFL Chair Martin concluded by saying that the party had waited long enough for Gauthier’s "situation to be resolved."

"The people of Duluth deserve a Representative who will stand up for their interests, without the sort of distractions that Rep. Gauthier has caused through exceedingly poor judgment," he said.

Gauthier’s district is a reliably Democratic one and the situation may complicate efforts by Democrats to regain control of the House.

Isn’t it odd how little press this actual real life activity has garnered from our media guardians?

It’s almost as if the media has two sets of standards. An impossibly stringent set for Republicans and no standards whatsoever for Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “MN Rep Urged To Step Down Amid Sex Scandal”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I thought DFL stood for Dumb F**cking Liberal which this butt monkey definitely is.

  2. canary says:

    Couldn’t the MN Democrat Rep Gauthier have had oral sex with the teenager in a cheap hotel instead of a rest stop. Rep Gauthier could have dressed like a woman and worn a wig and gone to a hotel. Rest stops have big trucks that can see in cars. Hospitalized for waiting to long for gonorrhea treatment.

    He was avoiding arrest for lewd acts in public place.

  3. dochunter says:

    I left Minnesota 50 years ago because the DFL was corrupt. It hasn’t changed!!!

  4. canary says:

    Why aren’t all the gays rooting for Gauthier. Good PR would be paying some young studs to go everywhere with him and say they support him. Some public pics of kissing and hugging boys and men would make him a star, and make Gauthier the poster politician.
    Barney Frank walking by his side through this would give him a major boost and it would all go away.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    And yet, we’re freakin’ all over some republican who flunked sex ed.

    Where has the decency in our society gone anyway?

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