Special session ends without action against lawmaker in sex scandal

Disgraced Democratic state Rep. Kerry Gauthier escaped any action for his removal at the Republican-controlled Minnesota House as Friday's special session keyed in specifically on flood relief. GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers called Gauthier's sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop "egregious" and still called for the Duluth lawmaker's resignation. Gauthier skipped Friday's session.
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Disgraced Democratic state Rep. Kerry Gauthier escaped any action for his removal at the Republican-controlled Minnesota House as Friday's special session keyed in specifically on flood relief, reported the Pioneer Press.

An report from MPR earlier in the day indicated that GOP leaders would possibly take a motion to expel Gauthier.

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers called Gauthier's sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop "egregious," and still called for the Duluth lawmaker's resignation. Gauthier skipped Friday's session.

News of Gauthier's encounter with the teen emerged last week in a Duluth News Tribune report, which indicated that the first-term lawmaker was being investigated for the incident, which took place July 22 near the Thompson Hill rest area off Interstate 35 near Proctor. Since no money was exchanged and the sex was consensual, no charges were filed.

Zellers called for Gauthier's resignation two days later.

Gauthier said Wednesday he was dropping his bid for re-election.

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