GOP state rep loses committee assignments after threatening police for drunken arrest
Minnesota state Rep. Matt Grossell (Image via Minnesota House of Representatives)

On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Minnesota state Rep. Matt Grossell has been stripped of his assignments to the Public Safety and Judiciary Committees, following an incident in May in which Grossell drunkenly threatened a police officer.

Grossell, a Republican who represents Clearbrook, was brought to Regions Hospital after shoving a security guard at a hotel bar near the state capitol, and then charged with disorderly conduct and held in jail after he refused to leave.

Police reports show that after Grossell was released, he went to the police headquarters in St. Paul. Once there, he told an officer at the front desk that he was a state representative and a former Clearwater County sheriff (in reality he was only a deputy), and that "it will be hell to pay" for arresting him.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, stripped Grossell of his assignments after determining that he abused his power as a lawmaker to try to coerce law enforcement officers.

Grossell has proudly played up his ties to law enforcement in his campaigns for office, with his website boasting of his committment "to protect and serve."