MNGOP leader Kurt Daudt's truck purchase ended with Daudt's gun being pulled on seller [UPDATE]

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Daudt: "[A]ccording to all accounts I was trying to diffuse the situation."
-- Update at bottom --

A friend of MNGOP House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt's faces multiple felony charges for pulling Daudt's gun on a Montana man who was selling the representative a used 1966 Ford Bronco.

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Daudt himself wasn't charged in connection with the September 7 incident, though the criminal complaint says the representative from Crown was placed "under arrest."

Daudt and his friend traveled from Minnesota to Park County, Montana, in a white Lexus to take possession of the Bronco, according to the complaint. But "at some point during the transaction, [Daudt] confronted [the seller] about the way the vehicle drove."

The seller "advised [Daudt] that the sale was final which subsequently resulted in a verbal altercation," the complaint continues. "The altercation rose to the point where a friend of [Daudt's] retrieved a black handgun and pointed the gun at the entire family, including [the seller's] children. Fearful for the safety of his family, [the seller] accelerated away from the situation in his vehicle, leaving the two males behind."

The seller's wife called 911, and authorities eventually apprehended Daudt and his friend driving east on I-90. His friend was charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and criminal endangerment.

This morning, Daudt's office released the following statement to City Pages, reprinted here in its entirety:
Statement from Rep. Kurt Daudt

"In early September, I traveled to Montana to purchase an antique vehicle which is something I have done before because I collect and restore antique vehicles for a hobby. Unfortunately, the seller did not accurately represent the condition and mileage of the vehicle. A confrontation ensued between my friend who traveled with me to Montana to assist in bringing the truck back to Minnesota and the seller who had misled us.

"While we worked to resolve the situation, the seller became verbally aggressive with both my friend and me and became physically aggressive with my friend. I did everything I could to calm down the seller, diffuse the situation and get my friend and me out of harm's way. However, feeling imminently threatened, my friend retrieved a handgun, without my knowledge, from my vehicle. The gun is licensed to and owned by me. The gun was not discharged during the incident.

"Police were called and my friend was detained and charged by local authorities. As a witness, I provided a statement to local authorities who informed me that at no time was I accused by anyone of any wrongdoing, and that according to all accounts I was trying to diffuse the situation."
The story was broken by KSTP. The version of the criminal complaint published by the station redacts Daudt's friend's name. A call made to Park County, Montana, authorities seeking that information hasn't been returned as this is published.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Daudt's friend has been identified as 24-year-old Cambridge resident Daniel Weinzetl. Public records indicate Weinzetl was convicted in Isanti County of assaulting a police officer, obstructing the legal process, and disorderly conduct back in 2010.

Here's Weinzetl's mugshot from that incident:

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PineCountyObserver
PineCountyObserver

More on the 2010 incident from the Strib below. Again, why is Rep. Daudt palling around with him?


According to Minnesota court records, Weinzetl, a construction worker, has landed in trouble before.

His record shows multiple traffic offenses and he was found guilty in 2010 of assault on a police officer and obstructing the legal process, both gross misdemeanors, following a March 2010 incident in which he punched a man outside his home. When an Isanti County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the house to speak with Weinzetl and his brother, Weinzetl shoved and punched the deputy, breaking his glasses and tearing his uniform. The deputy reported that he tried unsuccessfully to use a Taser on Weinzetl.

Yikes
Yikes

Take a good, long, hard look at this.  Mr. Daudt has always avoided questions about his personal life.  He's a 40-year-old single man who has continually trod the straight and narrow (keeping up appearances).  Now he's caught with a gun-swinging 24-year-old thug in Montana.  What is the real nature of their relationship?  And do we want someone like this in Minnesota politics?

jo1glex
jo1glex

If you read the "Johnny Northside" blog, which features lurid descriptions of the antics of mostly African-American low-achievers in North Minneapolis, it's nothing but story after story almost exactly like this Kurt Daudt story.  And the person in the Kurt Daudt role is charged with felonies, just like the guy who actually waved the gun around.  By law, they're both guilty of the crime; especially when the guy in the Kurt Daudt role helps the guy waving his own gun around to terrorize people to escape, doesn't call the cops, and doesn't tell anybody for months.


Treat Kurt Daudt the way he'd treat some kid from NoMi named "Dontarrious" and it would be fair.

Natalie Goodwill
Natalie Goodwill

He looks like a psychopath. (Not an actual medical diagnosis)

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

What is this dude doing hanging out with a 24 year old thug?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This Daudt guy has always come off as a smug, self-justifying, entitled moron.  This surprises me though.  Usually these guys have a limit to what they feel they are allowed to do with impunity.  Apparently traveling cross-country, armed, with a guy 16 years younger who has a conviction for assaulting a cop is now part of what a State House Leader is allowed to do without comment?  And then when the car you took the kid to buy doesn't check out, he pulls your gun on the seller and his family and the two of you book it off down the freeway?  And is Daudt incapable of securing his weapon?  Isn't that Responsibility #1 of people who take it upon themselves to run around with handguns?


There's more to this story.  Maybe this Weinzetl kid is Daudt's wife's idiot nephew and somebody needed to look out for him?  But if that's the case, why hasn't Daudt been upfront about this?


I'm sorry.  I wouldn't take this BS from an acquaintance or relative.  I sure as heck don't buy it from a smirky punk like Kurt Daudt who wants to lecture everybody on his rights and their responsibilities.

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

Why is it considered so wrong to get angry these days? Sometimes you come across people who piss you off. And it's news if you react?

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Kinda sounds like the weapon was within reach in the vehicle at all times, not very responsible. I like the way the weasel throws his friend under the bus though. GOP douchebaggery at its finest.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Once again we see the thug culture that has infested the Republican Party.   Daudt and thug friend obviously weren't raised right and now look at what we get.   What kind of monster helps a guy escape after he pulls a gun on children?    I bet its all the country music they listen to.   Terrible values taught by the sluts and thugs that sing country.   I"M SO SICK OF THESE VIOLENT THUGS WITH THEIR COWBOY HATS AND STUPID BOOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!   They only dress the same because they are in a FUCKING GANG.   This is all George W. Bush's fault.   THESE VIOLENT THUGS SHOULD BE PUT IN PRISON WHERE THEY CAN BE RAPED AND THEN EXECUTED.   You know the soft on crime Republicans will just defend the violent actions of this thug.  Typical.  Why this country is in the shitter. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

How is Daudt not in trouble for aiding his friend's escape?    The proper thing to do would have been to call the cops on his friend.    Anyone else find it odd the House minority leader is friends with a 24 year old criminal?      Is this Daudt's rent boy?  Daudt is 40 years old.   Why is he friends with a 24 yo criminal?   This is a big story.  You better investigate Rupar.  

durangomcg
durangomcg

I'm trying to sort this out. So Daudt was the good guy with the gun? And his friend was the bad guy with the gun? I think my good friends on the "conservative" side of the aisle will agree that the only solution is MORE GUNS!!! Just think of those poor unarmed children... Yeah, Daudt needs to find better friends.

Alirox
Alirox topcommenter

This is the first battle of the the upcoming Peckerwood War.

Kareem Smith
Kareem Smith

Isn't carrying weapons across state lines at least a misdemeanor?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Yikes

So what if they're fucking?  What business is it of yours?  How is it relevant to the issue at hand?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@jo1glex

If the 24 year old turns out to be legally prohibited from possessing a firearm then there might be a case against Daudt.  Don't get me wrong, I think Daudt is a douche, but what law would you charge him under?  

Also, I feel I should point out that this did not happen in NE Mpls, MN.  This happened in Montana.  So, under what Montana law would you prosecute Daudt?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@jo1glex I always laugh whenever these racist lying Republicans lie about the "liberal media."    Daudt is barely getting slammed.   Could you imagine if a black politician was helping a criminal escape after he pulled a gun on a family?    That would be the biggest news story.  Fox News would be going 24.7 on it.   It's pathetic.   Daudt should be in prison.  

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@swmnguy  


"This Daudt guy has always come off as a smug, self-justifying, entitled moron".


Perhaps he is. But that also describes most democrat politicians such as Keith Ellison, Mark Dayton, Nancy Pelosi, Hilary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama. Just Sayin'.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

So if your neighbor got mad because your kids were playing in the yard and making noise, and he pointed a gun at your children, you would be okay with this?  Two adults outside of a bar, one thing, pointing a deadly weapon at some guy's kids, erm... a bit more drastic.

info3592
info3592

Oh please. Educate yourself before you speak. And your profile pic is quite ironic.

Yikes
Yikes

@_Joe_ Are you serious?  Or just playing devil's advocate?  His personal life is his own business, except in an instance like this --- wherein an elected official is involved with a young thug (with a criminal record) who has now been caught pointing a gun at unarmed citizens.  THAT is definitely the business of voters.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_ Daudt is a leader of the Republican Party.   If he's living a secret gay life that involves dating violent criminals the people of Minnesota have a right to know that.   It's always a news story if an anti-gay politician is a closeted homosexual.  Complete hypocrisy from someone with power is always a news story and should be reported.  

jo1glex
jo1glex

@_Joe_  Well, I don't know, Joe.  But I'm sure there's some sort of law against traveling across state lines with a gun that gets used in the commission of a felony, by someone with a record, and then fleeing and assisting said felon in fleeing.

As I said before, I bet if these two guys weren't white (or were in North Mpls.) somebody would have found the right law.  Or the wrong law, and applied it anyway.  Seriously, if you read the rap sheets on these guys who are held up as the scourge of American Civilization (and often rightly so), their records are full of incidents exactly like this one.

I've read your comments for a long time.  I doubt (pun intended) you or your guns would have been involved in this.  And at least as far as I know, you aren't in a leadership position in our state Legislature, unlike Daudt and that guy who got caught with his pistol at the Planned Parenthood in St. Paul but claimed he was "only" stalking a woman he met on the internet so that was OK.  Because you seem to be the sort of person who is more interested in managing the responsibilities that come with your rights rather than insisting on your own rights and everyone else's responsibilities.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@WhiteMatt Good point.  So when "Keith Ellison, Mark Dayton, Nancy Pelosi, Hilary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama" let their buddy with a history of attacking cops use their gun to terrorize a family over a crappy car, and then aid and abet by driving the getaway car, and then don't tell anybody about it for months until a reporter finds the public charging documents, then we should demand that those politicians resign, too.


But that hasn't happened yet. Only Kurt Daudt seems to have supplied a gun to a man with a history of violence to commit felonies.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@WhiteMatt  What a pathetic excuse from a racist idiot who has nothing but bile for the black criminals featured on City Pages.   There is nothing more destructive to society than scumbags like you who blindly defend criminal behavior because the guy happens to be a Republican.   His friend pulled a gun on kids and then Daudt tried to help him escape.  He should resign today.   Republicans never hold their elected officials responsible for their bad behavior thanks to scum like you so it won't happen.  

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@WhiteMatt Hmm...the school yard "I know you are but what am I" defense. Nice work Mathew, what grade are you in?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_ Are you mentally ill?   What color is the sky in your world.   An elected official who is one of the leaders of the Republican Party was with a criminal when the criminal pointed a gun at a family.   The media has a duty to the people to get to the bottom of who this guy is.   "Friend" is not enough of a description of a 24 year old criminal who is hanging out with a powerful 40 year politician.    If Daudt didn't want his life to be public perhaps he shouldn't run for office.   I am not asking Rupar to investigate who every Republican is dating.   I want to know why the House Minority Leader is hanging with a 24 year old criminal and helping him commit crimes.  Daudt has no right to privacy on that.     He is friends with a violent criminal that pointed a gun at kids.   He then lied and mislead about it.  If he doesn't want to be honest the media has a duty to drag every fact out of Daudt.     

_Joe_
_Joe_

goddamn voicenation formatting.


"stemmed from the fact that (at)Yikes seemed to think that there was something wrong with two grown men in a relationship together."


there.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

That's not my point and you know it.  His sexuality and his personal relationships have no  bearing on this story.   That is all.

My original comment stemmed from the fact that seemed to think that there was @Yikes seemed to think that there was something wrong with two grown men in a relationship together.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_ You are a hero.  We should all be like you.  All Kurt Daudt did was help a criminal point a gun at children.   Why should we the public know the details of his private life?  Kurt Daudt must be free to use the government to tell gay people how to live.  Thank goodness we have heroes like you to point out maybe those kids were asking for it when that criminal pointed a gun at them.   



_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

Yes they do.  There are no moral laws sweetie. There are only the laws of the land, and that same protection is what prevents the christian nutters from steamrolling the rest of the citizens of this nation.  They, like you, don't get to dictate morality to anyone else.

Everyone in this nation is free to say one thing, act differently, and vote in a third direction.  It may make them a hypocrite, but in the USA, you're free to be that too.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_  I'm talking about a moral law.  Not an actual law.  Daudt is a powerful bigot.  If he is secretly gay its a big news story.   Bigots don't have a right to be a closeted homosexual.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

"You don't have a right to privacy if you are publicly homophobic like he is."

Okay.  Post the law that supports that statement and I will gladly eat my words.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_   You don't have a right to privacy if you are publicly homophobic like he is.     I want to know why a 40 year old leader of the Republican Party is hanging out with a 24 year old criminal and helping him commit crimes.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

Sorry, but you do not "have a right to know."  Politicians frequently share their personal lives voluntarily, but it is not a requirement of office.  Yes it would be hypocritical, but I stand by my original statement.  1.) There's nothing wrong with two grown men banging each other.  2.) It's none of my business.  3.) It has absolutely NO bearing on this story.  Yes it might be news-worthyish if it were anything but pure conjecture.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@jo1glex

You'd be correct.  However, without really knowing what went down, I guess I can't call it.  I frequently drive with my pistol in a holster off my seat since they can be pretty darn uncomfortable to wear while driving.  I will also occasionally leave it there if I'm going to be staying right next to my vehicle for whatever reason.

That said, I would be utterly astounded if any single person with whom I spend time took it upon themselves to retrieve it and use it themselves except under the most dire set of circumstances.

That's what keeps me on the fence until more details come out.  Speaking as a father, I find it hard to believe that a man with children in tow would deliberately cause enough of a threat to justify pointing a gun at him.  That coupled with the history of the 24 year old in question makes me think that there was probably a crime committed there.  However, it's also quite possible that Daudt wouldn't have expected that behavior from his traveling companion.  Just as I wouldn't expect it of mine.  I just don't know.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@_Joe_ Thanks for the information.  I didn't think the gun itself was the issue.  It makes sense there would be inter-state reciprocity, etc.  It's the fundamental irresponsibility, particularly from somebody in a visible position of responsibility, and a frequently-demonstrated willingness to talk trash about others.

I've never had my (admittedly hypothetical) gun grabbed by my idiot buddy to commit a felony.  I'd wager you never have either.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@jo1glex

Typically it is not illegal to transport firearms across state lines.  (Shipping them is another story).  Many states recognize the carry permits of others.  For example, if Daudt has a MN resident carry permit, then he can travel through South Dakota and  Montana and his permit to carry is recognized there.  If he also holds a Utah or Florida non-resident permit, those are both also recognized by North Dakota.


I don't doubt that whatever went down was irresponsible at best, and likely illegal at worst.  However, although public figures may face more scrutiny in the media they are both protected and bound by the same laws that apply to the rest of us.  At least they're supposed to be.

Yikes
Yikes

@_Joe_ @MicheleBachmann
Daudt's
personal life is his own business, except in an instance like this --- wherein an elected official is involved with a young thug (with a criminal record) who has now been caught pointing a gun at unarmed citizens.  THAT is definitely the business of voters.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

I'm not defending anyone!  I specifically stated that I believe a crime was committed.  I also stated very clearly that Daudt is a douchebag!


I could just as easily say you only defend black perpetrators and unleash your vitriol on white republicans, but I won't.  Do you know why?  Because I'd like to believe that you are smarter than that.  That you know you can't paint every situation with the same brush.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so.

Again I say, you and I are more alike than we are different.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_  A criminal pointed a gun at children.  That's pretty dangerous.  If you were a responsible gun owner you would know this   How many people are accidentally shot each year when some nut points a gun at them?   I bet its more than grown men being beaten to death by 18 year old females. 


Both those black thieves and the Daudt Gang committed crimes.   Which one was more likely to end in death?   The one involving a blunt weapon or a gun?      Why do you defend the criminals who were more likely to kill someone and get so mad at the criminals too poor to afford a gun? 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

Show me a bloody victim in this case and I will gladly revise my statements.  

You're either deliberately obfuscating the details that contrast the two cases, or you're too stupid to realize the difference.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_   The funny thing I noticed about you is you are very different in how you think a white criminal like Daudt should be treated vs. how black criminals should be treated.   You are eager to defend Daudt and demand he be given privacy.  I contrasted that with your comments on stories about black criminals.   You never ask for understanding or caution against a rush to judgement.  Instead you talk about this is why you carry your gun or you talk about how they should be locked up.    Why do you think that is?   Why are you so forgiving of the 40 year old GOP minority leader but you were so angry at the 18 year old girl who robbed Mark Andrews?     

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_ That's a pretty cowardly way to keep avoiding the real issue.   For some reason gun owners like you never want to do anything about actually stopping guns from getting in the hands of criminals.   Pro tip:   When you type up 15 paragraphs saying nothing its pretty pathetic.  I gave a concrete solution to the problem and you are too cowardly to address it.   We need universal gun registry and tracking from manufacture to destruction.   Find a gun used in a murder you should then find out where it came from.   If some guy bought 15 guns and they all end up on the street that guy should go to jail.    End the gun show loop hole and all loop holes.  When you buy a gun you should have to give your name, govt. id, fingerprints, and have your picture taken.  Put that in an centralized database that any police officer can access.   Let's see how many straw buyers we have then.   Kids get guns because greedy scum sells to them.  They ain't making those guns in the crack houses.  They are making them in corporate America.   Put a few CEOs in prison and your gun problem goes away.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

Welp, can't say I didn't try.  Pro tip:  If you can't calm down long enough to have a reasonable conversation, you are likely in the aforementioned 'extreme lunacy' camp.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_  Guns are manufactured in factories.   It's easy to track them.  They have a million different ways they could stop guns from getting into the hands of criminals.   A national tracking system of all guns manufactured or imported to the United States would stop almost all gun crime.   Scumbag gun sellers know what they are doing when some straw buyer buys 15 of the guns gangsters like.  Gun companies pay off the NRA and the politicians to make sure there is as few rules as possible about buying and selling guns so its easier to sell guns to criminals.  Stop pretending gun dealers are some responsible people.   Gun dealers either prey on human misery or don't bother to clean up their own industry.   

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

Honestly most guns on the street are the result of theft or straw purchases.  Most (if not all) Federally licensed dealers are adamantly opposed to criminals in possession of firearms.  

I don't dispute that there are lunatics on the extreme side that think any law regarding the transfer and ownership of a firearm is a blatant violation of the citizens of 'murica, but lets face it, there are lunatics to the extreme of both sides of the issue.  Most of us, whichever side we fall on, are reasonable rational neighbors that just want what's best for our kids and our communities.  We're not always going to agree on everything and march lock-step together, but we're more alike than we are different.  In fact, that is the key to taking back power in America.  By remembering who we are and standing together instead of getting distracted by petty squabbles while the power merchants do whatever they damn well please and laugh at us all the way.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@jo1glex  Few things are more hypocritical than how Republicans hate the gangsters that commit crimes but don't want to do anything about the gun dealers that sell them the guns.   I have a lot more sympathy for some 16 year old kid with shitty parents committing a crime than some 50 year old gun dealer selling guns that he knows will end up in the hand of that 16 year old.  Scum like Daudt and this gun nut are just fine with the status quo.  It's disgusting.  

jo1glex
jo1glex

@MicheleBachmann Minnesota prisons have plenty of black kids from North Minneapolis who were involved in nearly identical situations.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You're not crazy

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@info3592  That's just what you scumbag gun nuts do.  You defend criminals and make excuses for gun crime.  Scum like you are why gangsters can get guns so easily.   If you cared about responsible gun ownership you'd be howling for Daudt's blood but you don't.   Instead you are doing everything you can to defend how responsible he was to let a criminal have access to his gun.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TCguns_carry  One of the leading anti-gun control politicians in the state is involved with pulling a gun on a family.   Just proves most gun owners aren't capable of responsible gun ownership.  If you see a career criminal pull a gun on children you call the cops.  The leader of the pro gun Republican Party isn't responsible enough to do that.  We need stricter gun laws.   Kurt Daudt should be in prison for what he did.  

itscold99
itscold99

@_Joe_ And Clinton's entirely consensual blow-job from an adult was none of our business either.......................Oh wait, that's right.  The bible-nazi's went apeshit over that.  Go figure.

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