MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota House DFL voted Tuesday night to kick embattled Representative John Thompson from caucus.
“Representative. Thompson’s actions, credible reports of abuse and misconduct, and his failure to shoulder their responsibilities remain unacceptable to a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives,” the DFL leadership wrote in a statement. It would be better if Representative Thompson, his family and the institution resigned.In the absence of resignation, the Minnesota House DFL voted to remove Representative Thompson from the caucus.
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Voting means that he will not attend DFL meetings or have party resources.
Thompson said he had no plans to step down, and he reiterated this in a lengthy statement on Tuesday in which he also said he now holds a Minnesota driver’s license. .
Thompson released a statement on Wednesday saying he would continue to serve his constituents as an independent.
“The point is, there is still a lot of work to be done. It is time to turn the page and move on with the work, ”he said. He added that he is looking forward to this new chapter in his life.
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In July, Thompson was arrested in downtown St. Paul for driving without a front license plate, which is illegal in Minnesota. Thompson, who represents the east side of St. Paul, issued the officer with a Wisconsin driver’s license, which has raised questions as to whether or not Thompson lives in the district he serves.
The July traffic stop sparked a series of scandals for lawmakers. He accused the officer who arrested him of racial profiling, sparking an outcry from police, who said the stop was in order. Thompson later apologized.
Shortly after, police reports from years earlier were released detailing the allegations of domestic violence. Although Thompson has never been convicted of any abuse charges, the allegations have prompted calls for his registration from Republicans and Democrats, including Gov. Tim Walz.
In his statement Tuesday morning, Thompson admitted he had made mistakes in the past, but said nothing he had done prevented him from serving as a lawmaker now.
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Thompson became a strong advocate for police reform following the fatal shooting of his friend Philando Castile in 2016. Prior to his election, Thompson was a prominent and sometimes controversial voice in protests.