MInnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire reported Wednesday in Two lawmakers deny romantic encounter:
A spokeswoman for the House Republican Caucus said neither [Tim] Kelly nor [Tara] Mack were available for interviews.
However, Representative Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, did speak to Anne Jacobson at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, a paper in the Forum Communications chain, for the article Lawmakers will fight citations for 'making out' in park.
In the article published early Wednesday afternoon, Jacobson reports that Kelly attributes reporting on the citation to political dirty tricks:
The citation note, available on Minnesota’s centralized computer system housed only at justice centers, reads “was making out with female in case. When I approached the car the female’s pants were unzipped and pulled down.”
“It just seems very convenient it’s released now,” Kelly said, who summed it up to rotten politics. . . .
“I should have seen this coming,” Kelly said. In his first election when it was clear he was leading the polls, a charge of illegal campaigning was filed. That was dismissed. In the 2012 campaign, an attack ad, which also proved to be false, appeared in District 21A newspapers days before Election Day.
The 2008 dismissal can be read here.
Is Kelly accusing the Dakota County's Sheriff's department (or at least a deputy) of being involved in manufacturing a scandal in August 2015 in advance of the November 2016 election?
If so, these are extremely serious allegations not only against his political opponents (whomever they might be) but a sheriff's department as well.
Kelly also fleshed out the details of his version of the encounter with law enforcement for the Republican Eagle as well:
Kelly, who brought his original citation to the Republican Eagle, said that ticket has nothing to do with proper attire, exposure or anything similar to the allegation. The citation is 107.3.D.1 — it is unlawful to “commit any act that constitutes a nuisance” in a county park.
Mack is chair of the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee. Kelly is a committee member. They met around 4:30 p.m. that Friday at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, he said, so he could pick up paperwork on an Owatonna health plan before heading home. There were a half dozen other cars in the lot which Kelly estimated could hold a hundred or more vehicles.
“He rapped on my window and when I roll it down he says, ‘You’re double-parked,’” Kelly said.
Kelly said he got out the car to look and snapped a photo with his cellphone because he couldn’t believe the officer was making an issue out of the driver’s side tire touching the line.
Kelly said that was his mistake. “I have law enforcement officers in the family. I know better than to challenge them.”
Read the whole article at the Red Wing Republican Eagle. The story was first reported Tuesday by Rachel Stassen-Berger in the Pioneer Press article, Citation: two lawmakers caught ‘making out’ in park; lawmakers: ‘completely false’ and a ‘lie."
Bluestem posted our analysis earlier today in Do law enforcement officers lie? Dakota County should investigate Mack and Kelly accusations.
Images: Visual commentary about "document exchanges" by @jamrockstar via @javimorillo on twitter (top); Kelly and Mack (bottom).
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