Hours after Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka talked about Sunday that he has examined constructive for COVID-19, the DFL generally known as on him to resign from his leadership post, saying he mishandled an outbreak among the many many GOP ranks.

Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, talked about he has been in quarantine since experiencing indicators ultimate Monday and “will remain in quarantine as long as my doctor advises me to.”

In an announcement, DFL Senate Leader Susan Kent talked about GOP gatherings led to an outbreak and that information wasn’t shared with Senate DFLers or nonpartisan workers.

Under Gazelka’s leadership, she talked about, Republican caucus members have “engaged in high-risk behaviors.” She talked about he “misled Minnesotans about their actions and they have made excuses instead of being accountable.”

“We need to provide measures that ensure workplace safety, such as testing and tracing so we can make informed decisions and keep each other safe,” she talked about in an announcement.

Gazelka did not immediately reply to a request for a response on Sunday evening time. On Saturday, he tweeted that “It’s time to stop blaming us and politicizing this.” He doubled down on that sentiment Sunday:

“The deliberate choice to use a COVID diagnosis as a political tool to blame just Republicans when community spread is uncontrolled is indicative of failed leadership looking for a scapegoat.”

Kent’s title for Gazelka to resign comes after tales of two constructive exams amongst completely different GOP senators, two in-person conferences and a GOP banquet. On Tuesday, Republican senators and staffers have been educated that “a number of [GOP Senate] members and staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19.” The memo was not shared with Senate DFLers.

Earlier Sunday, Gazelka talked about in an announcement that he did not attend the Legislature’s specific session Thursday due to a scheduled journey.

Gazelka talked about he is not experiencing any important indicators and his partner, Maralee, has examined unfavorable. They traveled to and keep in Florida since Nov. 9, in accordance to spokeswoman Rachel Aplikowski. “He was not aware of exposure or had any symptoms when he traveled,” she talked about in an e-mail.

Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, attended a postelection caucus meeting Nov. 5 and was examined Nov. 8. He acquired the constructive end result once more Nov. 9, the day that Gazelka flew to Florida, nevertheless did not make the outcomes public until Nov. 12.

Aplikowski would not say why it took Senjem 4 days to share the data of his constructive check out end result.

On Nov. 13, Sen. Paul T. Anderson, R-Plymouth, suggested Minnesota Public Radio that he moreover examined constructive.

At this time, there will not be any recognized constructive situations amongst members of any caucus who’ve been present at Thursday’s specific session.

After the memo was not shared with Senate DFLers, Gov. Tim Walz criticized the Senate GOP for not disclosing the COVID situations.

It was moreover disclosed Sunday by Fox 9 that days sooner than the outbreak inside the GOP caucus, Republicans held a giant, in-person banquet Nov. 5 at an area event coronary heart with larger than 100 attendees.

MPR reported Sunday that it requested Gazelka if the GOP Senate caucus had notified the Lake Elmo venue the place the dinner was held in regards to the constructive exams. Gazelka suggested MPR that, “based on your questioning, we realized we had not notified the event site. I just got off the phone with the owner and apologized for our oversight.”

DFLers have not been immune. Three DFL legislators have examined constructive for COVID since August when Rep. Fue Lee and his family have been recognized. He didn’t share the data until later the following month. In early October, Sen. Dan Sparks of Austin launched he examined constructive. Rep. Rena Moran of St. Paul talked about she was recognized in April.

Staff creator Torey Van Oot contributed to this report.

 

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