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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Democrats in the Minnesota House of Representatives expel Rep. John Thompson from the caucus

Democrats in the Minnesota House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to expel Congressman John Thompson from their caucus, citing “reliable reports of abuse and misconduct” and Thompson’s “failure to take responsibility.”

John Thompson spoke to the media after being convicted of obstructing legal proceedings in an incident at North Memorial Hospital in 2019. (Craig Raschig/Pioneer Press Special)

This extremely rare move has no effect on Thompson, who represents the Eastern District of Sao Paulo, who is still in office. This effort to drive him out of the House of Representatives may come, but this is not a dramatic event on Tuesday night.

Thompson’s expulsion from the Democratic-Peasant Labor Party caucus is equivalent to his fellow liberals — who control the majority of seats in the House of Representatives — expelling him from their ranks, making him unlikely to serve as committee chairman — even May be chairman of the committee-or have a big impact soon.

In other words, Thompson’s peers basically told him: We don’t want you to join our team.

Since the media reported the details of past allegations of physical violence against women in July, Thompson has been under pressure from top Democratic leaders to resign. Thompson has never been convicted of domestic abuse. Although he has been provocative and refused to step down, he has repeatedly chosen not to publicly deal with the numerous details of the charges.

The core group meeting on Tuesday night was held behind closed doors.

The first two Democrats in the caucus, House Speaker Melissa Holtman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) issued the following statement:

“Rep. Thompson’s actions, credible reports of abuse and misconduct, and his failure to take responsibility are still unacceptable to members of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Rep. Thompson, his family, and agency had better let him resign. Without resignation, the Minnesota House of Representatives DFL has voted to remove Congressman Thompson from the caucus.”

Thompson responded

Thompson seemed to already know it was coming.

On Tuesday morning, he issued a statement via social media that initially mentioned his “expulsion”, but the word was later deleted.

This more than ten paragraph statement has a similar theme to his previous statement, emphasizing the difficulties of living as a black man. He was killed after his friend Filando Castilla was killed by the San Antonio police in 2016. Before seeking publicity.

When it comes to specific allegations of violence against two independent women, he avoided specific details. The following is part of his statement:

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