Minnesota State Rep. John Thompson (D) has a lot of explaining to do in order to save his job, as a July 4 traffic stop resulted in local media outlets exposing a number of alleged domestic assault allegations Mr. Thompson was allegedly accused of, spanning the course of nearly a decade.
According to The Washington Times, the state lawmaker is refusing calls to resign and has firmly denied police reports distributed to the press that revealed Thompson has been in court on multiple occasions for incidents that some say were related to “disturbing” domestic assault situations.
What’s going on?
In the wake of an embarrassing traffic stop in which he accused police of racial profiling, Minneapolis’ Fox9 reported that Thompson had made no less than three court appearances between 2003 and 2011, allegedly for domestic assault cases that were pleaded down to disorderly conduct charges, with a fourth case being dismissed entirely.
Through his attorney, Jordan Kushner, Thompson denied the reports in a weekend statement, saying he “challenges the authenticity of the police reports that have been circulated to the press.”
Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, slammed his fellow Democratic colleague in a statement, saying, “Numerous allegations against Representative John Thompson have recently come to light that show an incredibly disturbing pattern of violent and abusive behavior,”
The DFL chairman added: “The reports that Thompson physically assaulted multiple women, often in the presence of children, are absolutely sickening.”
Doubling down on the potential scandal Thompson faces, Martin added that because of his past record, “nobody credibly accused of such heinous acts has any place in elected office.”
The governor responds
Thompson’s political future is certainly at stake, especially in light of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) joining both the DFL and the state’s Republican party in calling for Thompson to resign from office, the Associated Press reported.
“The alleged acts of violence against multiple women outlined in these reports are serious and deeply disturbing,” Gov. Walz said.
The governor added: “Minnesotans deserve representatives of the highest moral character, who uphold our shared values. Representative Thompson can no longer effectively be that leader and he should immediately resign.”
Thompson is also under increased scrutiny on whether or not he even lives in the Minnesota district he represents, or even in the state at all, as during the July 4 traffic stop, he produced a Wisconsin driver’s license.
Only time will tell if Thompson manages to wiggle out of what appears to be public outrage and political pressure for Thompson to resign, but usually, when a scandal is impactful enough that it forces both parties to come together, it’s only a matter of time before the ball drops.