Democrats reject attempt to expel Sen. Mitchell

Sen. Zach Duckworth discusses his motion to expel Sen. Nicole Mitchell while she listens in the background. (Minnesota Senate Media Services)

Republicans moved to expel Sen. Nicole Mitchell, DFL-Woodbury, from the Minnesota Senate Wednesday. However, the motion was ruled out of order by Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, and every Democrat, including Mitchell herself, voted to uphold Champion’s ruling.

“The State Constitution is clear that accountability of Senators is up to the Senate. It’s been more than three weeks since Sen. Mitchell was arrested and charged with first degree burglary, and a week since the Senate Ethics Committee gave Sen. Mitchell a chance to explain her actions,” Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, said.

“I’m incredibly disappointed Senate Democrats continue to protect Sen. Mitchell from basic accountability. In the final days of session, it has become painfully obvious they are using her in order to pass their partisan agenda, rather than work together with Republicans.”

Mitchell was charged with felony first-degree burglary last month and was accused of breaking into her elderly stepmother’s Detroit Lakes home in the early hours of the morning on April 22.


Alpha News Staff