Rep. John Thompson faces challengers Hoang Murphy, Liz Lee in endorsement race – Minnesota Reformer – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The governor and the speaker of the Minnesota House called for him to resign. His party caucus ousted him. But embattled Rep. John Thompson is running for reelection. To win a second term, he’ll need to defeat two challengers in the strongly Democratic East Side St. Paul district.

Hoang Murphy, founder of the St. Paul-based nonprofit Foster Advocates, and Kaozouapa “Liz” Lee, a nonprofit consultant and former Washington, D.C., staffer, are both in the race.

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party will consider endorsing a candidate at its local convention on Saturday. 

Thompson won the seat in 2020, when former Rep. Tim Mahoney retired after two decades representing a district that now reflects the city’s more diverse demographics. Nearly 30% of district residents are foreign-born.

Thompson’s time in office has been overshadowed by multiple controversies, including his saying “you think we give a f— about Hugo burning down” during a protest outside the suburban house of former Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll. 

He has faced allegations of domestic assault, including in front of young children. Those revelations prompted a wave of calls to resign.

During a traffic stop in July, Thompson prompted residency questions after he presented the officer with a Wisconsin driver’s license. 

He now has a Minnesota driver’s license, and he says he regrets the Hugo incident. 

Thompson didn’t resign, and Minnesota House Democrats removed him from their caucus.

In a Facebook post following the exile, Thompson wrote that “Allegations about something that allegedly happened to me 20 years ago does not disqualify me from doing my job today. As a matter of fact, it only gave me st


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