Zellers calls for Gauthier's resignation while House GOP employs accused child porn possessor

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Zellers' indignation over Gauthier-gate appears hypocritical in light of the House's continued employment of Koch (left).
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In the wake of Rep. Kerry Gauthier, D-Duluth, getting busted having oral sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, went all high and mighty on the bit and publicly called for Gauthier's immediate resignation.

It turns out he should be the last one to express concern about institutions harboring sexual deviants. House GOP leaders continue to employ Rory Koch, a Republican and longtime House employee who ran for Ramsey County commissioner in 2010 despite getting busted for possessing child porn in September of that year.

According to MPR, Koch, who has been charged with 12 counts of child porn possession, was placed on paid administrative leave by House GOP leaders after he was arrested in March. He was then placed on unpaid administrative leave in June but continues to draw down his vacation time in order to keep his employment active and maintain health insurance benefits.

Koch, 39, has 231 hours of vacation left to use, and his pre-trial hearing is scheduled for September 14.

This despite the fact that Koch admitted to possessing child porn. From our blog post about his bizarre county commissioner campaign:
With a warrant, police searched Koch's apartment in September 2010. Police quickly found a photo of a 15- or 16-year-old male in a sexual pose on his computer, and Koch acknowledged "he has received child pornography over the Internet."
Though it may have been distasteful and immoral, Gauthier's rest-stop sexcapades weren't illegal. So how could Zellers maintain a straight face when he demanded Gauthier's immediate resignation last Friday, saying the openly gay first-term legislator "brought disrepute and a lot of dishonor to the House of Representatives"?

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