There are an interesting array of opinions, con, pro and (in the case of most elected state pols) silent as a rat in a roomful of terriers. Not many want to “say his name”, apparently.
Although the GOP candidate for Thompson’s seat sure did:
Alexander Deputie, a Republican running against [an Eastside DFLer representing the Senate in Thompson’s district] for the Senate and an immigrant from Liberia, said: “I was a child when my family was forced out of our home and country by an armed mob, and I feel for those children in Hugo who were present during the event when it took place on Saturday.”
In regards to Thompson, Deputie said, “I can tell you that he does not represent all Black people. He does not represent me. John Thompson has made it clear that he is concerned for one group of people, and to be a state representative, you need to represent all your constituents.”
Quick note – I’ll be interviewing Deputie on tomorrow’s NARN broadcast. Pass the word.