Hey, it’s not as earth-shattering as Todd Akin or skinny-dipping in Israel, but maybe this should receive a little bit more attention.
The 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 reelection following reports he had oral sex with a 17-year-old boy at a Duluth-area rest stop in July.
The calls come despite the fact that Gauthier won’t be charged by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office in the rest stop incident.
“The situation involving Kerry Gauthier is deeply unfortunate, both for Gauthier’s constituents and for our party,” said DFL Chair Ken Martin 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.”
Martin joined Rep. Paul Thissen, a Democrat, in asking Gauthier not to seek reelection.
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.
“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 Rep. Gauthier, I believe he should withdraw from the race for reelection.”
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.
The public sex incident was oral sex at a rest stop. This guy’s got a little McGreevey in him.
Via Gay Patriot.