Two Minnesota Republican lawmakers are lashing out at a police officer who issued them a “public nuisance” citation last week. State Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) and Rep. Tara Mack (R-Apple Valley) are claiming that the Dakota County police officer who issued the tickets lied in the comment section of his report.
On August 25, an officer came upon the “family values” lawmakers in a parked car at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. The officer said the Kelly and Mack, who are both married to other people, were “making out” and the officer stated, “When I approached the car the female’s pants were unzipped and pulled down.” Kelly, 51, and Mack, 32, called the officer a liar and Kelly told Pioneer Press his version of the events:
“When we met, a park ranger approached my vehicle and told me I was double-parked. I disputed his characterization and got out of the car to take a picture. He became visibly agitated and returned to his own car. Approximately ten minutes later, he returned to my vehicle with a parking ticket citing a nuisance. When I asked what that meant, he responded ‘whatever I want it to mean.'”
Kelly said he met with his colleague at the park to pick up paperwork that she had about an Owatonna-based health plan. Yeah, it’s completely normal to conduct state business in a parked car at a park, right?
Rep. Mack released a statement, saying:
“Last week, I received a citation for a nuisance. Subsequently, I have been told the officer wrote in his notes — information that I’ve requested, but has not yet been made public to me — statements that are completely false and inappropriate (and apparently were obtained illegally). I will be filing a complaint with the sheriff’s office regarding the officer’s egregious and false statements.”
The lawmakers have both been charged with misdemeanors and owe $260 in fines, which they have not yet paid. Mack claimed that The Pioneer Press illegally obtained the records, but the newspaper says they did no such thing. The records were obtained through the court’s computer system and were public record. Kelly, however, made a similar claim:
“I’ve since learned the park ranger included false information in his notes, that I understand have now been obtained illegally. What he wrote is an absolute lie and I intend on filing a complaint.”
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said that he stands behind what his officer wrote and that the officer had no reason to lie about what he saw:
“We’re going to agree to disagree,” he said of the lawmakers’ accusations. “The facts will come out as to what the deputy saw…We have families and children running around, so we just want to have some decorum there… This is what park rangers do. They patrol. I have no reasons to doubt the ranger and the facts he’s reporting. I stand behind him 100 percent.”
It’s ironic that the GOP supports police and family values until one of them has a run-in with the police or gets caught cheating on their spouse. The party is so filled with hypocrites that it isn’t surprising that they support people like the Duggars or known liars, like the folks at Fox News. It’ll be interesting to see how many excuses these lawmakers come up with as this proceeds and how many members of their party are going to come out and defend the police. I’m going to bet that not one member of their party blasts them for calling the officer a liar, because they do not play by the same rules they expect everyone else to play by.