Skip to main content

GOP secretary of state candidate drops out after strip club rumors

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Republican Dennis Nguyen withdrew Monday from the race for Minnesota secretary of state, citing commitments to his businesses and family, MinnPost reports. But another reason could be that some Republican lawmakers who had supported his candidacy are backing off after published reports that Nguyen has visited strip clubs.

"There were a few people who withdrew their support. Not many," said Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, who has been acting as spokesman for the Nguyen campaign, the Star Tribune reports.

“Dennis Nguyen has been at a strip club, yes, in his life,” Peterson said, according to MinnPost. He said Nguyen had participated in the activity, “like tens of millions of other Americans.”

Nguyen's announcement was posted on his Facebook page, and mentioned only his family and business concerns.

"With my many ongoing obligations, both business and civic, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for me to make a full time commitment to a statewide campaign at this time," Nguyen said in the statement.

Nguyen is divorced and is the father of four children.

No other Republicans have formally entered the race for secretary of state, but former state Sen. Ted Daley is considering it, MinnPost reports. Daley, an Iraq and Gulf war veteran, served two years in the state Senate, representing Eagan. He was defeated in 2012 by DFLer Jim Carlson. Daley is the treasurer for Republican Scott Honour’s campaign for governor.

Current DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced last year that he would not seek re-election to a third term. Two DFLers, state Reps. Steve Simon of Hopkins and Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center, are running for the seat, according to the Star Tribune.

Next Up

Rep. Tou Xiong

State lawmaker Tou Xiong apologizes after driving under the influence

The state representative was pulled over on the night of Jan. 8.

St Lukes Duluth GSV Pro

Duluth hospital requiring visitors to show vax proof, neg. test

The health care system is also tightening visitor guidelines.

ridgeview urgent care facebook

Ridgeview halting urgent care at a Twin Cities site 'until further notice'

The organization cited "growing emergency medical needs" at the facility.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

Charges: MN high school counselor sexually assaulted student

The 16-year-old victim had regularly gone to him for academic help and other support, authorities say.

Proctor football

Proctor investigation: Senior charged with sexually assaulting teammate

The criminal charges come after a monthslong review of the allegations.

Screen Shot 2020-04-28 at 9.07.41 PM

Ordway will require vaccinated audience members also be boosted

If someone has not gotten a booster shot, they will have to show a negative COVID test.

Gophers basketball, Williams Arena, Gopher fans

U of M to require vaccine or negative test proof for large events

The policy doesn't go into effect until late-January.

Lauri Anne Deatherage

Man indicted for first-degree murder in ex-wife's death

He's accused of killing her days after she remarried.

Jackknifed semi I-94 Sauk Centre Jesse Grabow

Crashes, spinouts piling up as snow blankets southern MN

Snow is expected to continue throughout the day.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 14

More than 11,000 cases for a second day in a row.