Lawmaker Elects to End Reelection Bid After Daughter's Allegations

Jim Knoblach Photo: Minnesota House of Representatives
Jim Knoblach

September 21, 2018 04:59 PM

A longtime state lawmaker announced Friday that he is ending his campaign for reelection following allegations made by his adult daughter.

In a statement, Rep. Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud, denied the allegations, and said he wanted to focus on his family.

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"I love my children more than anything, and would never do anything to hurt them," read part of the statement. "Her allegations are false. I and other family members have made repeated attempts to reconcile with her in recent years, but she has refused.

"I could fight on for another six weeks to defend my reputation while running for re-election. But this would entail subjecting my wife, son, and elderly parents, as well as my daughter, to six weeks of extreme stress and scrutiny. I'm also not willing to spend six weeks fighting with my daughter in the media. As a result, I feel I have no choice but to effectively end my campaign today so that I can work towards healing my family."

House Speaker Kurt Daudt issued a statement Friday supporting Knoblach's decision.

"I want to thank Chair Knoblach for his many years of service to the State of Minnesota," the statement read. "I support his decision to suspend his re-election campaign to focus on his family." 

The Associated Press reported authorities began an investigation last year but declined to file charges. Knoblach is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The timing of his exit could make his seat, already a top target for Democrats, difficult for Republicans to hold. Democrat Dan Wolgamott is running.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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