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Just your everyday politician and seventeen-year-old boy rest-stop hookup story. Nothing to see here...

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A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders on Monday to give up his re-election bid.

Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, hasn't been charged in the July incident, and authorities said he wouldn't be because the boy was older than 16, the legal age of consent, and no money was exchanged. Police say the teenager responded to the lawmaker's Craigslist ad for "no strings attached" sex.

Gauthier admitted to the liaison, according to police reports made public late last week. The teen told police the two had oral sex, according to the reports.

The scandal has hurt Democrats' hopes of retaking at least one chamber of the Legislature. They need to pick up at least six seats in the House, and Gauthier's Duluth-area seat is usually reliably Democratic. But if he drops out, any Democrat seeking to replace him would have to run as a write-in candidate, making the race much more difficult to win.

Still, Democratic leaders called on Gauthier to withdraw from the race. House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, said he was "deeply disappointed" in Gauthier's conduct and wants him to step aside.

"As I shared with Rep. Gauthier, I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election," Thissen said in a statement released by his office.

Less than an hour later, state Democratic Party Chairman Ken Martin echoed Thissen's comments, although neither man asked Gauthier to leave office before his term ends in January.

Gauthier hasn't commented to reporters on the incident. A call to his cellphone rolled to voicemail on Monday. Thissen's statement said he expects Gauthier to "address these issues publicly and soon."

Gauthier was hospitalized for an undisclosed condition until last weekend, which prompted Thissen to wait to issue his statement. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, a Republican, on Friday urged Gauthier to resign.

Gauthier was elected in 2010 with 73 percent of the vote. He is not married.

Duluth City Councilor Jay Fosle has already filed paperwork to run as a write-in candidate against Gauthier and Republican nominee Travis Silver.
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So, the dude has sex with someone of legal age and this is some horrible issue that means he has to resign? WTF?
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So, the dude has sex with someone of legal age and this is some horrible issue that means he has to resign? WTF?
I thought legal was 18. I think he should resign for being a cheap *ss, hell at least pop for a motel room.

NVM, just saw 16 in there.
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I thought legal was 18. I think he should resign for being a cheap *ss, hell at least pop for a motel room.
Depends on the state. Some states the legal age is 14. Where he was, it's 16. And, maybe NOT being in a hotel room was part of the excitement. Ya ever think of that? HUH?!
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Depends on the state. Some states the legal age is 14. Where he was, it's 16. And, maybe NOT being in a hotel room was part of the excitement. Ya ever think of that? HUH?!
You're right I reread it and caught the 16. You may be right about the excitement part.
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So, the dude has sex with someone of legal age and this is some horrible issue that means he has to resign? WTF?
17 years old is "legal age"? I guess that means Trayvon was legal age also, who knew?
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IMO, morality trumps legality.

A 56-year old man getting or giving a 17-year old a BJ in the bushes is pathetic and not what I want in an elected official.
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Minnesota lawmaker in rest stop scandal getting out of race

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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota state lawmaker involved in a rest-stop sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy says he won't run for re-election after all.

Rep. Kerry Gauthier told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he made the decision on his own after multiple conversations with Democratic leaders who urged him to drop out. Gauthier had said earlier in the day that he would not drop out.

Gauthier also told AP an overdose of muscle relaxants he took last week was a suicide attempt.
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LOL he dropped out on his own just as soon as learned the money train had derailed
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LOL he dropped out on his own just as soon as learned the money train had derailed
I am almost certain this decision was not one of his own. He has received immense pressure from top Democratic leaders to walk away.
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