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Ethics panel halts complaint against House member
By Jonathan Avise
(Left to right) Rep. Dennis Smith, Rep. Alice Hauseman, Rep. Denny McNamara and Reid LeBeau, counsel to Rep. McNamara, testify before the House Ethics Committee June 30 during a probable cause hearing of an ethics complaint against McNamara. Photo by Andrew VonBank

An ethics panel voted Tuesday not to further investigate a complaint brought earlier this month against Rep. Denny McNamara (R-Hastings).

The House Ethics Committee voted 2-1 against finding probable cause to continue the ethics procedure stemming from a complaint that Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Mpls) and Rep. John Persell (DFL-Bemidji) lodged earlier this month alleging that McNamara had shouted and intimidated her during a meeting in his office in May.

Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton), the committee chair, and Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) voted against finding probable cause to continue the ethics investigation process. Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-Mpls) voted to support finding cause. Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown) abstained.

“This has been an unbelievable witch hunt,” McNamara said during the hearing.

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