The Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct met for several hours today to review complaints filed against Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) by GOP senators. The Subcommittee adjourned and concluded its review of the CSI matter indefinitely. Sens. Hayden and Champion released the following joint statement:
“The outcome of today’s hearing is consistent with what we have said from the beginning: contrary to claims credited to an unnamed source in the Star Tribune, we never made any threat to withhold state aid in advocating for a partnership between Community Standards Initiative and Minneapolis Public Schools. Sworn statements from Minneapolis Public Schools officials—including from the superintendent, the school board president, and their chief lobbyist—all confirm our conduct was completely ethical and entirely within the norms of issue advocacy at the State Legislature.
While we are deeply disappointed that this matter was brought before the Subcommittee, we are pleased that a complete review of the facts has failed to demonstrate any misconduct on our part. Rather, these complaints have been shown to be based on inaccurate information and hearsay.”