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Authorities have said Mr. Gauthier, 56, acknowledged having a liaison with the boy. They say he won’t be charged in the July incident because the boy was older than 16, the legal age of consent, and no money was exchanged.
The scandal has called a reliably Democratic seat into question as Democrats try to regain control of the House by winning at least six more seats in November. Democratic House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin on Monday called on Mr. Gauthier to withdraw from the race.
The leader of the local Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said party activists would like to hear from Mr. Gauthier. Senate District 7 DFL Chairman John Schwetman said the party is looking into its options but would prefer an announcement from the first-term incumbent, who received the party’s endorsement in March.
“We’re all waiting to hear what Rep. Gauthier chooses to do,” Mr. Schwetman said.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden is planning to be in Tampa, Fla., next week as Republicans open their presidential nominating convention in the city.
An Obama campaign announcement says Mr. Biden will be attending events in Florida on Monday and Tuesday, including a stop in Tampa on the convention’s opening day.
President Obama won Florida four years ago, but Republicans are hoping the weeklong convention will help them recapture the key battleground.
The campaign announcement didn’t detail what other cities Mr. Biden will be appearing in.
Tampa, GOP keep an eye on Tropical Storm Isaac
Forecasters cast a wary eye Tuesday on Tropical Storm Isaac, which was looming in the Atlantic Ocean and poses a potential threat to Florida during next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.
It’s much too early to say with any certainty whether it will gain hurricane strength or make a beeline for Tampa, on Florida’s west coast. But it’s the type of weather that convention organizers knew was a possibility during the peak of hurricane season — and they have backup plans in place.
GOP and state officials have contingency plans in place if the storm makes its way to Tampa, including a worst-case-scenario evacuation of the 70,000 delegates, party officials, journalists and protesters expected for the convention.
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