Minn. Rep. Kerry Gauthier urged to step down amid sex scandal with teen; media silent

Minn. state Rep. Kerry Gauthier is being urged to end his re-election bid following a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old boy.

Police reports say that Gauthier, 56, had used Craigslist to arrange a meeting at a Duluth-area rest stop with the boy on July 22. The two reportedly engaged in oral sex behind a pavilion at the rest stop. The age of consent in Minnesota is 16, and no charges were filed in the incident. However, Democrat party leaders in the state, including House minority leader Paul Thissen and party chair Ken Martin, are urging Gauthier to end his re-election campaign.

The escalation of calls for Gauthier’s resignation comes on a day when U.S. Rep. Todd Akin has dominated national headlines with his televised comments on “legitimate rape.” Reports of Gauthier’s scandal were released by police last week but have barely made it past local media outlets. Is the difference in coverage due to the fact that Gauthier is merely a state representative?

Despite near-universal outrage over Akin’s comments, including from Mitt Romney, liberals have used Akin as a broad brush to paint all conservatives.

Is Gauthier, therefore, representative of all Democrats? And will the national media agonize over that question at length?

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Since Gauthier is a Dem, he gets the Gerry Studds defense from the press corpse.

  • Botzilla

    Was it legitimate oral sex?

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  • tingle007

    Watch him accuse everyone who said what he did was wrong of hating gays. Yeah your double his age and married. That’s wrong no matter how you slice it.

    • disqus_LASIg6epmj

      Is he married? I don’t know much about him.

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    Thank G-D and Michelle Malkin for Twitchy! I’d never know crap without it!

    • TLKensington

      Maybe you should read more newspapers, or their websites. This was the fifth fourth paper/site I learned this disgusting news.

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        What’s a newspaper? 0_o
        I suppose next you’ll be telling us you still go to blockbuster?

        • TLKensington

          I didn’t even go to Blockbuster when it was still around. Went to the local mom and pop video place that didn’t try to nickel and dime its costumers. Now I use Netflix. And newspapers are amazing. Your hands will get dirty with ink. The smell! Great on train rides to work when you don’t want to look at a gadget. Newspapers are also great because they are excellent insect swatters.

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            Nickel and dime customers <—-Netflix.
            I feel the same about books. Everyone is getting the ebooks nowadays, but I like to actually have the book and turn through the pages!

  • dennylee60

    I am sure when if/when he resigns the media will say this is due to rampant homophobia and a time upstanding man was destroyed due to our prejudice.

  • allenbarr

    hey if i were a democrat i would pay the media not to carry the gauthier story.

  • weRbroke

    Just think…he was trolling Craigslist for NSA partners…ewwwww

  • BigDogJunction

    Well, we know Obama’s Education Czar doesn’t have any problems with this. Probably gave him a handbook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Gauthier Having been born in Mn, lived there off and on I have seen some crazy representatives of the Democrat Farm Labor for the state of Mn but this guy makes them look tame. I don’t think anyone has any problem with his homosexuality, but meeting underage boys and engaging in sexual activity in public are the issues here. Look at the article and see what committee he sits on. Both political parties have asked for his resignation and especially his own. Akin’s comments are insensitive and dumb but they didn’t get as creepy as this. I hear the truck stop serves up a mean cup of double standard.

    • Michael Hampton

      Um…the age of consent is 16 in that state. Can you not read?

  • http://alert-up-usa.com/ AlertUpUSA

    Why is it that elected officials somehow think they are invisible? Either party. If you are having gay sex and keeping a marriage as your “down-low” cover…. Why exposé ( no pun intended) it in a public place? Did you just want to be humiliated even more?

    Well, bozos are bozos. You can’t fix i, stupid or dumbasst. Too bad 4 you Mr. Representative – its all over now!

  • nc

    I’m so tired of the same old story, “If this was a Repub, the media would…”

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Indeed, we’re all tired of the hypocrisy of the Collaborationist Media.

  • Tanker74

    He was just helping the boy discover the way he was born so he in turn could help younger boys discover the way they were born. This is what “born that way” really means.

  • TLKensington

    Where there is one there is more. And hopefully he resigns like Mark Foley did a few years ago. But it seems that both these Reps were (so far) careful not to sleep with someone under the age of consent.

    • nc

      Why should he resign? If you’re a Dem (DFL here) it’s a lifestyle choice. No problem.

      Repubs have standards, so it’s a different story. That’s why Foley had to go.

      Keep it straight, people! (No pun intended.)

  • BeeKaaay

    He’s a Democrat. He will NEVER resign for a sex scandal.

    Resigning is what RINOpublicans do.

  • Botzilla

    Stop Kerry Gauthier and the Democrats war on Children.

  • whitewings

    “Gay pedophile” is a redundancy. Put ’em all in jail — the rep and the young homo too, who will just grow up and recruit more homos. Remove all the viruses from our society.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

    ….waiting for outrage from Collaborationist Media….this was, after all, RAPE.
    Statutory rape of a minor. RAPE, MEDIA, RAPE.

  • TLKensington

    Um this was posted on HuffPo Politics yesterday.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/kerry-gauthier-minnesota-sex-scandal_n_1813354.html So yeah….. I don’t know where you were looking.

  • shimauma

    What sick behavior from someone who receives tax payer money for his representation!! Perversity continues rampant in demoncrap ranks.