Gauthier sex scandal hurls West Duluth into political anarchy

The situation in West Duluth keeps escalating.

Rep. Kerry Gauthier, who last week admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old at a rest stop, has yet to address the media. Late last week he checked out of a Duluth hospital where he was observed for a couple days for breathing problems. Duluth city councilor Jay Fosle has announced a write-in campaign for Gauthier’s 7B House seat. Duluth assistant fire chief and labor activist Erik Simonson is also running a write-in campaign. Moments ago, DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen called on Gauthier to withdraw from the race. We’ve established that no matter what happens, Gauthier’s name will remain on the ballot. The Republican on the ballot in 7B is Travis Silvers would normally be an “also-ran,” but as one of the two printed names on the ballot gets to be a major contender.

And on Friday, everyone gets together in St. Paul for a special session to provide flood relief … to Duluth. Many millions of dollars at stake, including people’s lives and livelihoods.

Hot town. Summer in the city.

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