Minn. Democrat drops re-election bid over sex with teen boy
A Minnesota Democrat who had sex with a 17-year-old boy at an I-35 rest stop says he is dropping his re-election bid, just hours after he said he would stay in the race, according to news reports.
“I changed my mind,” 56-year-old state Rep. Kerry Gauthier told the Associated Press. “Too much. It’s just too much.”
He also told AP that an overdose of muscle relaxants he took last week was a suicide attempt.
AP’s report appears to follow a call Gauthier made to Northland’s News Center to announce his withdrawal from the race, which could decide whether Democrats or Republicans control the state House.
The station writes: “Gauthier says there’s too much political fallout and it’s too hard on him psychologically. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do but he knows that staying in the race will be too hard on him emotionally.”