ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota senator has offered an apology for her tweet during heated debate on health care funding and has removed her original Twitter account.

The Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct directed Sen. Gretchen Hoffman to take those steps to avoid further action on ethics charges.

Last month, the Republican freshman tweeted about a Democratic senator’s remarks during debate on mental health funding. Senator Barb Goodwin accused Hoffman of taking her remarks about mental illness out of context. A complaint was filed against Hoffman which accused her of knowingly publishing a false statement about Goodwin.

The Duluth News Tribune says Hoffman wrote a letter of apology to Goodwin.

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Comments (16)
  1. Citizen of Minnesota says:

    Gretchen Hoffman, a freshman GOP senator in Minnesota, with no judgment about Tweeting or commenting. At least the Ethics Committee acting quickly.

    1. me says:

      Hey, at least she’s not tweeting pics of her private parts to underage kids and lying about it.

      1. Tom says:

        @ me

        We know who you are referring to with that comment. And it is known that “he” did not send any lewd pics to any minors. That was looked into and nothing was found! I suggest instead of getting your info from FOX that you look at other sources as well.

  2. justice fleeting says:

    Who cares. Lets get our hands on Pogemiller’s emails and text messaging. Now I bet that would be juicy. Minnesota Democrats are hypocritical, over spenders and wrote the book on double standards.

    1. Dave Campbell says:

      I would assume that you have some type of evidence to back up your accusations! If not, please crawl back under your rock and leave the sane people alone.

  3. Tom says:

    @ Justice Fleeting

    Actually its the other way around its the GOP that are the hypocrits!

    That being said there is an old saying ” Dont send a tweet that you know isn’t true about what another person said when what that person actually said is on tape”

  4. Desert Rose says:

    You can’t remove Twitter/Facebook accounts
    You can de-activate but signing in re-activates
    Think twice before you speak/text 🙂

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    Liberals don’t understand what Free Speech is at all. The “Congress shall make no laws” part is confusing.

    SNL is the only thing allowed to have free speech in their minds.

    1. Jim says:

      “The Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct directed Sen. Gretchen Hoffman to take those steps to avoid further action on ethics charges.” So even though Republicans control the Senate, you accuse liberals of not understanding free speech.

      You should try facts once in awhile instead of blind partisan hatred. I feel bad for people like you.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Who made the “ethics law” banning free speech on twitter? David Letterman?

  6. Will says:

    @Victim-Nobody has a problem with free speech. What people have a problem with is Hoffman shooting her mouth off about what she doesn’t know, making baseless accusations, and spreading lies. Free speech is great, but you have to know what you’re talking about. Free speech is legal; slander is not.

    1. Ronald Raygun says:

      Thanks for showing up vic. vic needs to be shown up on each and every one of her posts.

    2. Tom says:

      @ Will

      Very True

    3. Victim Du Jour says:

      Your “Opinion” is completely missing from the text of the 1st Amendment, and your pretend make-believe “Except for slander clause” has not been properly ratified into the 1st amendment.

      People can say what they want in the United States, even if it’s liberal blasphemy.

      Liberals are just imposing their cripple crutch and self pitty religion on free speech

  7. Jake says:

    I wonder how much this “apology” cost the state in terms of per diem and staff time, and so on.

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