Thompson drops out of leadership race

State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, announced today that he will not seek the position of Senate majority leader.

Senate Republicans are scheduled to meet Tuesday to select a replacement for Amy Koch, who resigned as majority leader last week amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a make staff member.

Thompson, who’s serving his first term, sent out a brief news release to clarify his intentions.

“I have made a decision not to run for Senate Majority Leader,” Thompson said. “I am confident this is the right decision. I will support the candidate I believe to have the combination of integrity, core principles and administrative skills necessary to move Minnesota’s agenda forward. The forecasted budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium demonstrates the effectiveness of the policies enacted into legislation by the Republican Legislature. We must elect a Majority Leader that is able to unify our Caucus and build upon that success.”

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