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Shakopee Republican puts DFL lawmaker's personal cell number on Facebook, encourages followers to call

Rep. Erik Mortensen has been accused of 'doxxing' Twin Cities lawmaker Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn.
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A Republican lawmaker from Shakopee could face action in the Legislature after posting the personal cellphone number of a DFL House colleague on his Facebook page.

Rep. Erik Mortensen, who won election to House District 55A in November, posted the number belonging to Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (D-Roseville) in a post criticizing her for allegedly blocking discussion of his bill about shared custody arrangements for children of divorce.

In the post, he encourages his followers to "make your voice heard" by giving her a call, before printing her personal cell number.

The post has been deleted as of Monday morning, but Brad Tabke, who lost his seat to Mortensen and this past week announced he will run in the district again in 2022, took a screenshot and posted it on Twitter, with Becker-Finn's number removed.

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While Minnesota lawmakers have publicly-listed numbers available to constituents, Mortensen's decision to post Becker-Finn's personal cellphone number has prompted allegations of "doxxing" – the practice of posting private information about a person for malicious reasons.

"A fellow #mnleg legislator shared my personal cell phone number publicly in an angry Facebook post and encouraged people to call me. How’s your Monday going?" Becker-Finn tweeted Monday.

In a comment to The Minnesota Reformer, Becker-Finn said she's now considering filing an ethics complaint, as well as possibly having changing her number.

Mortensen has proven a controversial figure since winning election to the House. In November, he announced a gathering outside his house before Thanksgiving in violation of Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 measures, and also went on a statewide tour to pubs and restaurants that reopened for business in defiance of the COVID-related shutdown in November and December.

He was also one of just eight House lawmakers to vote against a resolution condemning the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and affirming President Joe Biden's win over former President Donald Trump, refuting the lie that the result was "rigged."

BMTN has reached out to Rep. Mortensen for comment, though he did not respond when asked by the Reformer.

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