Minnesota state legislator Kerry Gauthier, who was discovered participating in decidedly restless activity with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop earlier this month, has decided to abandon his re-election bid.
Gauthier had been insisting he would remain in the race despite pleas from his DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) leadership, but now he‚??s told the Associated Press, ‚??I changed my mind.¬† Too much.¬† It‚??s just too much.‚?Ě
According to the New York Daily News, Gauthier has also begun talking about a 30-year history of ‚??chemical dependency‚?Ě with ‚??one relapse,‚?Ě although he didn‚??t specify the nature of his addiction.¬† He is still resisting calls to resign his office immediately, but will skip an upcoming special session of the Minnesota House of Representatives, because he thinks his presence would be a ‚??distraction.‚?Ě
This leaves the DFL in a bit of a pickle, because it‚??s too late for them to replace Gauthier on the ballot.¬† They‚??ll have to run a write-in candidate, which could make his previously ‚??safe‚?Ě district a bit more competitive.
It‚??s possible that other parties in other states might consider this ‚??write-in candidate‚?Ě idea to get around embarrassing candidates who refuse to step aside, although no particular examples spring immediately to mind.
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