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Don Davis, Forum News Service, Published October 04 2012

Minnesota GOPers say Ritchie campaigning against amendment

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is using state funds to campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photographic identification, two Republican state senators allege in a complaint filed Thursday.

Sens. Scott Newman, of Hutchinson, and Mike Parry, of Waseca, asked the state Office of Administrative Hearings to find that Ritchie also is misleading Minnesotans about the proposal, to be decided by voters Nov. 6.

“I hear him make statements I know are not true,” Newman said.

Ritchie, a Democrat, refused to comment on the complaint.

The senators’ complaint claims:

The senators said that they could take further action against Ritchie, including pursuing a recall or impeachment. A criminal case also is possible, Parry said.

The next step depends on an administrative law judge’s decision, Parry said.

Newman and Parry said the state and the Republican Senate caucus were not funding the legal action, but refused to say who is paying. State workers were paid to produce a news release announcing the action and they staffed a Parry-Newman news conference.

Don Davis is a reporter for Forum Communications

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