No ethics investigation for Minnesota rep's office outburst

There will be no ethics investigation against a prominent Minnesota lawmaker for his alleged threats in an end-of-session office shouting match.

Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) accused environment committee chair Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) of yelling at her and threatening her in his office along with an attorney for the Minneapolis Park Board.

The incident happened on May 16 in McNamara's office as he was trying to get to the bottom of some accusations against a landscaping company, Hoffman and McNamara, owned by his son that does business with the park board.

McNamara says the attorney accused him of running his son's company and that's when he yelled at the attorney to leave.

"In the 43 years of serving in the legislature, I have never felt so threatened and domineered by a fellow legislator," Rep. Kahn said. "I feel this violated the ethical rules of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

McNamara told the panel that his actions were directed at the park board's attorney. The ethics panel decided there was not enough probable cause to launch a full ethics investigation.

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