Monday, August 20, 2012
Democratic lawmaker called on to resign for having oral sex with boy, 17, in bushes at public rest stop after meeting him on Craigslist
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. 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. "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. "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." Somehow I think the media would be making a bigger deal over this story if Gauthier were a Republican.