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Minnesota Lawmaker, Facing Sex Scandal, Ends Reelection Bid

Minnesota State Legislature(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- Disgraced Minnesota Democratic State Rep. Kerry Gauthier decided late Wednesday night that he will not seek reelection after he was caught having sexual contact with a 17-year-old. But that hasn’t appeased some at the Minnesota State House -- they want to expel Gauthier from the legislature now.

The move to expel Gauthier, so that he cannot serve out the rest of his term, will be started Friday, sources tell ABC News.

Last week it was revealed that Rep. Gauthier had engaged in oral sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop in Duluth in July.  He has since apologized for the incident, but the political outcry in Minnesota has been swift and strong, some accusing him of being a “child molester.”

Friday morning, the sources said, Republicans will hold a meeting where a resolution will be ironed out. Sources say that there is a “high likelihood” there will be a formal effort to bring him to resign or expel him Friday.

Minnesota Republican State Rep. Steve Drazkowski said many Republicans wanted to bring a resolution to the floor quickly, but were not confident that they’d get the two-thirds majority needed to pass it.  They would need 90 votes out of 134 in the state legislature.

“I’m not sure though if there’s the 90 votes, even if there is a lot of support,” said Drazkowski.

Late Wednesday night Gauthier announced that he would not seek election to a second term.

“I am done,” Gauthier told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “I just need to take care of myself right now, and I am not really up for that kind of fight.”

Gauthier, from a consistently Democratic district, was under pressure not only from Republicans but from heavyweights in his own party who, in light of the sex scandal, wanted to replace him with another Democratic candidate.

The announcement that he would not run for reelection was a reversal. He was defiant at first after the sex scandal broke, promising to stay in the race. Earlier in the day Wednesday he had promised he was still running despite heavy pressure for him to go.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Illinois State Rep. Goes Berserk in Epic Rant

Photodisc/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Lawmakers around the country have gone on some impressive rants in recent years -- Rep. Anthony Weiner’s outrage over the 9/11 first responders’ bill and Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s fury over the war in Afghanistan spring to mind -- but perhaps none can match Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost’s tirade this week.

Irate over a quick vote on a pension bill, Bost exploded on the floor of the Illinois House Tuesday.

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Bost, a Republican, unloaded on Democrats led by House Speaker Mike Madigan for setting votes on pension reform bills without providing enough time for lawmakers to assess the measures after they emerged from committee.

“Total power in one person’s hands, not the American way!” Bost screamed, tossing the bill up in the air and then taking an errant swing at the papers as they fluttered down around him. He then took the papers that settled near him and threw them at his colleagues.

“These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second, and I’ve got to try to figure out how to vote for my people? You should be ashamed of yourselves! I’m sick of it! Every year we give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution!”

“Enough!” he yelled, his arms flailing. “I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt. Let my people go! My God, they sent me here to vote for them! To argue for them! But I’m trapped. I’m trapped by the rules that have been forced down our throats.”

“Folks,” he pleaded, dropping his voice almost to a whisper, “we live in a democracy, but not here. But not here.”

Bost later said in an interview that after his rant some of his Democratic colleagues approached him and told him they had the same complaints, but could not express them.

“When I left the floor,” Bost told ABC News affiliate WLS, “many Democrats from around the state -- even Chicago Democrats -- came in and said, ‘We want to say this but we can’t.’”

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