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MINNESOTA: Anti-gay GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch Resigns in Scandal

State Senator of Minnesota Amy Koch

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R) has resigned under a cloud of  disgrace after allegations of an affair with a Senate staffer.

Koch, who is is married with one child, was one of the proponents of Minnesota’s 2012 anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment.

Koch resigned Thursday and said she wouldn’t seek re-election in 2012, while on Friday her fellow Republicans dealt with shocking allegations that led to her decision.

At a Capitol news conference Friday, Sen. Geoff Michel (R-Edina) said Senate staff recently brought up allegations of an “inappropriate relationship between Majority Leader Koch and a Senate staffer.”

“We sit here with a lot of humility, sadness, and shock,” Michel said.

Michel said multiple staffers reported allegations to Senate leaders. He said he doesn’t know how long the relationship was going on and legally cannot discuss the name of the Senate staffer involved with Sen. Koch. On whether or not the relationship was sexual, Michel said “I think there’s only two people who could fully characterize that,” but GOP leaders said they never heard the word “sexual” used when the allegations surfaced.

At the press conference, Sen. Michel used the phrases “inappropriate,” a “conflict of interest” and created an “unstable work environment for staff.”

Why is it so many anti-gay rights politicians end up with these hypocritical ‘skeletons’ in their closets?

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