Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, and the Minnesota DFL Party have called on State Rep. John Thompson to immediately resign after numerous past allegations of domestic violence came to light.
Then incidents involving Thompson, who was elected to serve District 67A in St. Paul this past November, were first reported by FOX 9 this weekend. This resulted from scrutiny of Thompson's past after he accused St. Paul PD of racially profiling him during a traffic stop, which in turn revealed he had been suspended from driving in Minnesota due to unpaid child support, and had presented a Wisconsin driving license.
According to FOX 9, Thompson was the subject of four domestic violence police reports between 2003 and 2009, which included allegedly punching and choking a former girlfriend, and exposing himself on two occasions in front of a girlfriend and young children, in one instance allegedly saying: "I’m the man, you can all s--- my d---."
Only one of these incidents resulted in a conviction – an incident in 2003 in Superior, Wisconsin, in which he was convicted of reduced charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest – with the Ramsey County Attorney declining to bring charges in the more recent exposure case for several reasons including "poor witness info."
Thompson denied the allegations, with his attorney telling FOX 9 that the "end results speak for themselves."
Nonetheless, the details of the FOX 9 story, coming in the wake of a week in which Thompson has been the subject of questions over his allegations of racial profiling and his eligibility to serve in the Minnesota Legislature given his Wisconsin driver's license, was enough to prompt Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota DFL to call for him to step down.
"The alleged acts of violence against multiple women outlined in these reports are serious and deeply disturbing," said Gov. Tim Walz.
"Minnesotans deserve representatives of the highest moral character, who uphold our shared values. Representative Thompson can no longer effectively be that leader and he should immediately resign."
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin added: "Numerous allegations against Representative John Thompson have recently come to light that show an incredibly disturbing pattern of violent and abusive behavior.
"The reports that Thompson physically assaulted multiple women, often in the presence of children, are absolutely sickening. Physical and sexual violence are anathema to everything we stand for as DFLers and as Minnesotans, and nobody credibly accused of such heinous acts has any place in elected office. I am calling on Representative Thompson to resign from office effective immediately."