According to “high-level” sources at the Minnesota State Capitol, State Senator David Hann (R-Eden Prairie), the Minority Leader in the Minnesota Senate, has been asked to resign his leadership position by Republican state senators. Sources I spoke with this afternoon said Hann has been asked to resign due to his vote against the tax bill and his comments to the media after the vote.
Hann was one of only two Republican senators that voted against the tax bill, the other being State Senator Dave Brown (R-Becker). In a caucus meeting on Friday morning before the vote on the tax bill, Brown informed the members of the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus that he would be voting against the tax bill. Hann gave no advance notice to the members of his caucus that he would be voting against the bill.
In a tweet sent out by Brian Bakst of the Associated Press after the final vote, Hann was quoted as describing the tax bill, which 23 Republican state senators voted for as “…part of a huge tax increase.” My sources said Hann’s failure to notify the caucus of his intention to vote against the tax bill, coupled with his comments calling it “…part of a huge tax increase” have triggered the request that Hann step down as the Republican leader in the Minnesota Senate.
A Republican state senator, who spoke with me on a condition of anonymity, said “yes, I do”, when asked if they wanted Hann to resign as leader of the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus. I contacted the communications staff at the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus requesting a comment for this story. Please check back to politics.mn for additional information on this developing story.