Minnesota lawmaker urged to step aside amid scandal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker confronted by authorities over reports of oral sex with a teen-aged boy at a Minnesota rest stop is facing calls from a party leader to withdraw from a re-election campaign.

Rep. Kerry Gauthier wasn’t charged in the July incident. But House Minority Leader Paul Thissen called Monday on Gauthier to step aside for conduct he says was “wrong.”

Gauthier hasn’t commented on the incident. He had been hospitalized for an undisclosed condition until this weekend, which prompted Thissen to wait to seek his departure.

Gauthier was elected in 2010 with 73 percent of the vote. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, a Republican, has called on him to resign.

If Gauthier does go, his party might need a write-in effort to compete for the seat.