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The House Ethics Committee held an initial hearing Friday on a complaint brought against Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St. Paul) for comments allegedly made during a June 19 debate on the House Floor.

Members took no action, however, after Thompson requested additional time to find legal representation. The 30-minute meeting featured only a presentation by Rep. Eric Lucero (R-Dayton), who brought the complaint, saying Thompson called him a racist.

“This ethics complaint is about protecting and preserving the integrity of this great institution we have the privilege of serving in,” Lucero said. “This is about the reputation of the Minnesota House of Representatives. John Thompson is a disgrace to this institution.”

The hearing would have allowed Lucero 30 minutes to make his case, followed by another 30 minutes for questions; then given Thompson 30 minutes to respond, followed by 30 minutes of questions for him.


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