Minnesota House Democrats voted to expel Rep. John Thompson from their caucus Tuesday night, citing “credible reports of abuse and misconduct” and Thompson’s “failure to take responsibility.”
The exceedingly rare move has no impact on Thompson, who represents St. Paul’s East Side, still holding office. Such a bid to oust him from the House may yet come, but that’s not what Tuesday night’s drama was.
Thompson’s expulsion from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus amounts to his fellow liberals — who control the majority of the House — booting him from their ranks and makes it unlikely he will chair a committee — or perhaps even sit on one — or carry much influence anytime soon.
In other words, Thompson’s peers essentially told him: We don’t want you on our team. More