The State House Ethics Committee meets today (1pm) for a hearing stemming from Representative John Thompson calling Representative Eric Lucero a “racist” in a June floor debate. The meeting was delayed a week, but Lucero said last week…

“John Thompson’s slanderous and malicious comments served to impune my character and reputation. Such direct attempts by one member to intimidate another on the Minnesota House floor and level baseless attacks cannot be tolerated.”

Thompson last week asked for and received a continuance while he sought counsel to represent him in the hearing. Several high-profile Democrats, including Governor Tim Walz have called for Thompsons’s resignation as a result of domestic abuse allegations. Thompson denies the allegations and says he does not plan to step down.