• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Minn. Dems file ethics complaint over Republican lawmaker’s ‘idiots and imbeciles’ tweet

Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, “misled the public” when she tweeted Wednesday night claiming that DFL Sen. Barb Goodwin “called people with mental illness idiots and imbeciles” during a debate on the Health and Human Services budget bill, according to a complaint filed Friday with the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct. Sent to committee chair Sen. Michelle Fischbach by DFL Sen. Ann Rest, the complaint states that Hoffman “falsely describes Senator Goodwin as personally using derogatory labels for those with mental illness.”

Image has not been found. URL: http://images.americanindependent.com/7b3dc11a3foffman.png.pngSen. Gretchen Hoffman

As video of Goodwin’s testimony on Senate File 760 shows, she was noting “how far we’ve come” since the days when mental health facilities were called “Institutions for Idiots, Imbeciles, and the Insane.”

Goodwin said, “We might not have the ten state ‘Hospitals for the Idiots and the Insane and the Imbeciles’ like we used to, but that’s because a lot of people put a lot of hard work and logic into how to develop absolute basic services that we need in our communities.”

Hoffman made an update on Twitter, passing along only part of Goodwin’s words and using the hashtag #offensive:

Image has not been found. URL: http://images.americanindependent.com/555818ee9cann500.jpg.jpg

According to her bio, Goodwin served as Principal Planning Analyst at the Hennepin Children’s Mental Health Collaborative from 1998 to 2002 and “was responsible for coordinating the efforts of school districts, local government and health care providers to plan programs for youth with mental illness, developmental disabilities and violent behavior.”

Hoffman’s tweet was then retweeted on the personal Twitter account of Michael Brodkorb, GOP party vice chair and Senate Republican Caucus communications staffer, although he is not named in the complaint.

The complaint argues that Hoffman broke the Senate rule that states, “A member shall not publish or distribute written material if the member knows or has reason to know twhat the material includes any statement that is false or clearly misleading, concerning a public policy issue or concerning the members’s or another member’s voting record or position on a public policy issue.”

Goodwin’s testimony on May 18 was interrupted by Sen. Warren Limmer, who indicated he was aware of the context of Goodwin’s words. As a point of order, he requested that Goodwin keep on the topic of the HHS omnibus finance bill, instead of taking a “trip down memory lane about the way we handle people with mentally — mental disabilities, talking about labels on hospital buildings and things like that.”

The complaint seeks an investigation, with public hearings, on Hoffman’s actions. Hoffman has not apologized.

Read the complaint:

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.