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Tue Aug 21, 2012, 12:05 PM

DFL leaders want Gauthier to quit race

Annoying on many fronts. Not sure how much coverage this is getting where you all are at, but it was on the front page of Huffington Politics today.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/166834176.html

State Democratic leaders are increasing pressure on a DFL legislator not to seek re-election after authorities said he had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop in Duluth.

"I am deeply disappointed with Rep. Kerry Gauthier's conduct," said House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis. "The conduct was wrong and ... I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election."

Last week, the St. Louis County attorney's office decided not to pursue charges against Gauthier, a first-term legislator from Duluth, for allegedly engaging in oral sex with a 17-year-old boy in a wooded area behind the rest stop. The county attorney opted not to press charges because the age of consent is 16.

Gauthier and the teen, who is not named because he is a minor, told authorities the sex was consensual and no money changed hands during the incident on July 22. According to authorities, the teenager had responded to Gauthier's ad on Craigslist seeking a romantic encounter with "no stings attached." The teen told Gauthier he was 18, both the youth and the legislator told police.

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Wellstone ruled Aug 2012 #1
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qb Aug 2012 #3
kickysnana Aug 2012 #4
Zeteticus Aug 2012 #5

Response to Brickbat (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 12:39 PM

1. Kerry,give it up

you fooled a lot of people for a long time. Karma is a bitch,and she's got you by the BALLS! Your cover is blown.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 12:42 PM

2. Are you implying no one knew he was gay?

That I disagree with strongly. He didn't run on it, but it wasn't a secret.

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Response to Brickbat (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 12:49 PM

3. Anyone who cannot refrain from having sex in public has no place in politics.

You'd think at least an indecent exposure or lewd behavior charge would be appropriate.

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Response to qb (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 03:18 PM

4. ..worse, with a underage stranger.

I agree. His judgement is not what it should be. Sadly, he should resign.

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Response to Brickbat (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 07:05 PM

5. Yep... time to go.

Probably does this all the time, but this time got caught. I agree with the other poster. Keep your sex to yourself in the privacy of your own home.

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