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Minnesota Rep. Kerry Gauthier drops reelection bid after rest-stop sex encounter with 17-year-old boy

BY MARTIGA LOHN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota Democrat who had a rest-stop sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy dropped his re-election bid Wednesday, hours after declaring he would stay in the race in defiance of party leaders who wanted him out as they fight to regain control of the state Legislature.

Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, told The Associated Press the decision was his own after multiple conversations with Democratic leaders pressing him to withdraw. He said he had been going back and forth about running "every 20 minutes for a week."

"I changed my mind," he said. "Too much. It's just too much."

Gauthier also told the AP that an overdose of muscle relaxants he took last week that led to his hospitalization was a suicide attempt. He'd earlier issued a statement saying he has been in recovery from chemical dependency for 30 years with one relapse.

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What about criminal punishment, therapy, or both?
Governmment people think that laws are for everyone but them.
We don't want his demented criminal out in public.

ExCongressman Gauthier, your misconduct is disgusting to responsible Democrats everywhere. We are embarrassed by you, and ashamed of you! Please do us all a favor, and get out of politics forever. You should now be in prison, not collecting a fat pension. As a life-long liberal Democrat, I hope your name lives in infamy. Your kind of misconduct is of greatest disservice to both your party and our nation.

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