Gov. Walz, house management calls for rep. John Thompson’s resignation

“The alleged acts of violence against several women outlined in these reports are serious and deeply disturbing,” Governor Tim Walz said in a statement Saturday. “Minnesotans deserves representatives of the highest moral character who uphold our common values. Representative Thompson can no longer effectively be that leader, and he must resign immediately.”

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, issued a similar statement, calling Thompson’s actions “worrying.”

“Representative Thompson lined up to promote progressive politics, but his recent actions and unacceptable reports of abuse and misconduct have become an obstacle to this work,” the House leadership said.

DFL party chairman Ken Martin also demanded Thompson’s resignation, stressing that the alleged patterns of violent and violent behavior are “pathological.”

The Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, representing Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District, also attended, calling the allegations against him “intolerable.”

“These very serious allegations undermine Mr. “Thompson’s credibility, which makes it impossible for him to serve his constituents with the efficiency and dignity they deserve,” McCollum said in a statement. “I urge Mr. Thompson to resign immediately from the Minnesota House of Representatives.”

“Physical and sexual violence is an anathema to everything we stand for as DFLs and as Minnesotans, and no one credibly accused of such heinous acts has any place in the elected office,” Martin said.

The Republican Party also urges Thompson to step aside.

“Representative Thompson’s disturbing incidents in the home, malicious accusations of racism against law enforcement and colleagues in the legislature and violation of state law make it clear that he is unfit to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Representative Thompson must resign,” said House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown.

A spokesman for House Republicans said they “have prepared ethical complaints that will be filed Monday in the event that Rep. Thompson does not resign.”

Following a July 4 traffic stop in which Thompson presented a Wisconsin driver’s license, investigations into his residence revealed at least four cases of domestic violence against women. Police reports from 2003 to 2009 show that his acts of violence took place in front of children.

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