Democratic MN Lawmaker Allegedly Told Gun Rights Group Employee – “I’LL BLOW YOUR HEAD OFF” Over Survey
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Rep. Ron Erhardt (D-Edina) apparently doesn’t like taking surveys about his political beliefs. I mean, he really, really doesn’t like them apparently.
According to an affidavit (see below) filed by Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance President Andrew Rothman, Erhardt allegedly told Rothman, “I’ll blow your head off!” when Rothman contacted him to follow up on a survey sent out by GOCRA to all Minnesota lawmakers.
From the affidavit,
When contacted, the individual answering the phone identified himself as Ron Erhardt. Your affiant identified himself and reminded Rep. Erhardt of the approaching questionnaire deadline. Rep. Erhardt indicated that he did not intend to complete the survey. Your affiant, following the procedure used with each candidate, reminded Mr. Erhardt that GOCRA’s policy was to give a special “F*” grade to candidates with no voting record or survey, as set out in the “How will this information be used?” section of the introduction…
Rep. Erhardt responded, yelling, “Give me a double F! No more surveys! You come near me, and I’ll blow your head off!” Rep. Erhardt then disconnected the phone call. The call’s duration was 78 seconds.
Your affiant found it quite remarkable, in his experience, to be threatened in such a fashion. In his dealings with other candidates over the years, even those who are openly antagonistic to GOCRA and its efforts, the candidates’ responses have been civil, mature, and professional. In his dealings with other sitting legislators, as a citizen and, now, registered lobbyist for GOCRA, he has never had a legislator act in such a manner for merely approaching him or her, reacting so explosively and with threats of violence. Your affiant noted it contemporaneously on his call log, and immediately called Bryan Strawser, executive director of GOCRA’s polling partner, MNGOPAC, to report and memorialize the exchange, and to inquire whether he, or others, had experienced anything even remotely similar. To the best of affiant’s information and belief, none had.
Erhardt has a solidly anti-gun voting record in the Minnesota legislature and has not yet publicly responded to the allegations leveled by Rothman.
Here is the full affidavit.