Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other state Democrats called on state Rep. John Thompson, a Democrat, to resign Saturday after past allegations of domestic abuse surfaced Friday, according to reports.
The state lawmaker was already enmeshed in several controversies involving an allegedly suspended driver’s license, his residency potentially being out of his district and a suspect claim of racial profiling he leveled against police during a traffic stop.
Thompson, who was first elected last year, has been accused of hitting and choking women – sometimes while young children were present – and of allegedly exposing himself, FOX 9 in Minneapolis reported.
“The alleged acts of violence against multiple women outlined in these reports are serious and deeply disturbing,” Walz said in a statement, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. “Minnesotans deserve representatives of the highest moral character, who uphold our shared values. Rep. Thompson can no longer effectively be that leader and he should immediately resign.”