The chairwoman of the Minnesota Senate ethics committee has dismissed a complaint about a Sen. Gretchen Hoffman tweet.
Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, on Tuesday ordered the ethics complaint to be dismissed after Hoffman fulfilled requirements the committee established.
Hoffman, R-Vergas, sent a letter to Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Colombia Heights, apologizing for the tweet sent during a heated health and human services debate last month.
â€œThis letter is intended to be the written apology from me to you indicated by the Minnesota Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conductâ€¦â€ Hoffman wrote to Goodwin. â€œI am certainly sorry for my misunderstanding of what you said and how I subsequently handled it.â€
Hoffman tweeted on May 18: â€œSen. Goodwin just called people with mental illness idiots and imbeciles while debating HHS bill.â€
Goodwin used the phrase to explain to colleagues about progress made since homes for the mentally ill were called institutions for â€œidiots, imbeciles and the insane.â€
The ethics panel voted to dismiss the complaint against Hoffman if she apologized to Goodwin, if she removed her original tweet and if she tweeted a link to the committeeâ€™s report on the case. Fischbachâ€™s Tuesday letter confirmed that the chairwoman agreed that Hoffman complied.