House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, made a similar statement calling Thompson’s actions “worrying.”
“Rep. Thompson ran for office to promote progressive policy, but his recent actions and unacceptable reports of abuse and misconduct have become an obstacle to that work,” said House leadership.
The entire DFL party shared this and stressed that patterns of violent and abusive behavior were “nauseating”.
The Republican Party is also calling for Thompson to resign.
“Rep. Thompson’s troubling incidents, malicious allegations of racism against law enforcement and lawmakers, and disregard for state law make it clear that he is unable to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Head Kurt Daudt, R-Crown.
A House Republican spokesman said they had “prepared ethical complaints that will be filed Monday if Rep. Thompson does not step down.”
Thompson has yet to respond to calls for his resignation from the governor and the party leadership.
After a July 4th traffic stop at which Thompson presented a Wisconsin driver’s license, investigations into his residence uncovered at least four cases of domestic violence against women. Police reports from 2003 to 2009 suggest his acts of violence took place against children, Fox reported 9.