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Report: Minn. lawmaker in rest stop scandal won't quit race

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state lawmaker who police say had a rest-stop liaison with a 17-year-old boy has told a Duluth news station that he won't drop his re-election bid.

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Rep. Kerry Gauthier (GAWTH'-ee-ehr), a 56-year-old Democrat, told Northland's NewsCenter in Duluth on Wednesday that he won't drop out despite pressure from his own party to do so.

Gauthier said he still feels he's the best person to represent the district, the station reported.

Gauthier has not returned repeated calls from The Associated Press.

He hasn't been charged in the July incident. Gauthier admitted to the liaison with the teenager, according to police reports.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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