Sheriff: Lawmaker cited for making out ‘changed her tune’

Published 10:25 am Friday, September 11, 2015

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota lawmaker cited for making out in a public park with a fellow legislator “changed her tune” between the date of the incident and when details started to trickle out, according to an email from the sheriff whose office handled the case.

According to his account of conversations with Rep. Tara Mack obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie wrote Mack initially “said she was glad the deputy came along to save her from an uncomfortable situation” after she and Rep. Tim Kelly were cited for nuisance on Aug. 25. Days later, her attitude about the incident had changed, Leslie said, suggesting it could ruin her career.

Leslie’s summary of conversations with Mack was included in an email Leslie sent to himself this week and provided to the AP Thursday in response to a request for the incident report and any correspondence with the two lawmakers.

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“She referred to it as divine intervention,” he wrote of his initial phone call with Mack, who he said also inquired “what was public and how this could play out.”

The sheriff went on to write that Mack’s attitude had changed two days after the citation when she got wind that some of the park ranger’s notes were part of the public notes in the case.