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.”
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 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:
“At present, due to past accusations against me, some people say that I am not suitable for this legislative seat. The truth is that I don’t have any hateful bones in my body, except for the blatant racism shown in various parts of the world and some games as if it doesn’t exist. In addition. The accusation of what allegedly happened to me 20 years ago did not disqualify me from working today. In fact, it only gave me the strength to work harder and helped change the community I was fighting for.
“Have I made some wrong decisions in the past? Yes.
“Have I experienced the storm and came back? Yes.
“Am I a black man with passion and voice? Yes.
“I did not run for office to talk about my family, nor did I put our past-real or false-first, but now I have no choice. In fact, when I ran for office, I promised my wife that When it comes to our personal affairs, I will not make her the center of attention in any way. We cannot undo this, but we have to find more mental health experts for our children because they have seen it in the media The defamation about us has been (spread) on social media.”
Allegations of violence
Thompson found himself in the spotlight after being stopped for driving without a license on July 4 and said he was a victim of racial profiling. The most recent political issues do not come from driving-related issues, but from past accusations that he has physically abused multiple women.
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A review of court records in Minnesota and Wisconsin showed that Thompson was never convicted of domestic abuse. According to public records found by Pioneer Press, he was arrested, charged or listed as a suspect in six suspected violence against women in Wisconsin and Minnesota from 2003 to 2011.
Several of these cases involved statements made to the police by Lee Thompson, the current wife of the lawmaker. In an impassioned statement issued on the steps of the State Capitol in late July, Lee Thompson unequivocally denied that Thompson had hurt her, although she only talked about one of the incidents, when asked how to coordinate the two pedestrians In the statement, she did not respond. She told the police that in 2003, they saw Thompson beat her outside a grocery store in Superior, Wisconsin.
Neither she nor Thompson responded to a 2004 Egan police report. The police said she told the police in a taped statement that Thompson threw her on a table and the table broke; he choked her and she could not breathe. Almost fainted; and in her last three attempts to call 911, he took down the phone. According to the police report, part of this statement was confirmed by the children present.
The police file contains photos of a woman reviewed by Pioneer Publishing, showing traces on the bottom of her neck. Based on these police reports, Thompson denied that the incident occurred as alleged.
But for many legislators, although such detailed allegations have not been confirmed in court, they are untenable for Thompson, who is known as a “black man’s life is also a life” activist. The first legislator.
Legislator colleagues responded
Since his review began, many of Thompson’s lawmakers of color have remained silent in public. On Tuesday, six of them issued a joint statement that did not specify whether they supported or opposed the deportation, but instead talked about the plight of black families, including domestic violence.
“Although we do not condone allegations of Congressman Thompson’s behavior, this may be an opportunity to find accountability in a way that seeks salvation and transformation,” part of the statement read. It was released by Minneapolis representatives Aisha Gomez, Esther Agbaje, Fue Lee and Hodan Hassan, and St. Paul representatives Athena Hollins and Jay Xiong. These six people do not constitute all members of the House of Representatives of people of color.