The DFL Party of Minnesota has filed a complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings against Republican Rep. Greg Davids, alleging he made “false political attacks” against a handful of DFL legislators.
The complaint says Davids, an 11-term member from Preston, made false claims about four freshman DFL legislators in letters to the editor in their districts. In the letters, Davids said DFL Reps. Jay McNamar (Elbow Lake), Tim Faust (Hinckley), Shannon Savick (Wells) and Joe Radinovich (Crosby) all voted for Gov. Mark Dayton‘s original budget proposal, which Davids called a $3.7 billion tax increase.
The vote in question was a procedural motion to move Dayton’s bill from one committee to another, but Republicans have said this session that those motions are de facto votes on a given bill.
“Representative Davids is the longest serving Republican in the House and he knows the difference between a procedural motion and a vote on bill,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin in a statement. “This is politics at its worst and a disservice to the public, who has a right to know the facts about what their representative has actually voted for and voted against.” The DFL filed the complaint with OAH on Thursday.
Davids says there’s no merit to the complaint. “It’s quite comical,” he said. “What the complaint is saying is that I told the truth.”
Davids and the Republican minorities point to a House rule that says moving a committee report has “the effect of endorsing the statement or expressing the approval of the body.” “That was a very accurate statement,” Davids said. “Because they had voted to adopt or approve the report and by doing so it had the effect of endorsing or showing their approval. This is a desperate attempt to silence the minority even more than they already have.”