The Republican Party of Minnesota is calling on DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton to release information on a lawsuit he settled in February with a former staffer.
The 2003 suit filed by Brad Hanson, an office manager during Dayton’s time in the U.S. Senate, alleged Dayton fired Hanson after he told the senator that he had a heart condition and would need surgery. Dayton tried to get the case dismissed, a move that he took to the Supreme Court. The court refused to rule on the case and Dayton settled with Hanson in February, after he filed to run for governor of Minnesota, Michael Brodkorb, deputy chair of the party, noted.
Tony Sutton, chair of the Republican Party, said Dayton should disclose the settlement and if there were public funds used in the legal battles. He also criticized Dayton as the labor-backed candidate who “likes to pretend he is a champion of working people” when he is “the only candidate who has kicked a sick individual onto the streets.”
In a statement, Dayton said the Minnesota GOP is digging up an “old story.” He said the settlement is confidential.
News broke last week that GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer is involved in a malpractice lawsuit filed by a former client. Sutton said they discovered a few days ago that the Dayton settlement was unreported by the media, and the timing was inconsequential.