The former campaign manager for St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao has been suspended from her leadership post of the local union representing Ramsey County workers, along with the rest of the local union’s board.
Thao, a City Council member, fired Angela Marlow after allegations emerged in April that she and Thao attempted to solicit a bribe from a lobbyist. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the allegations against the Thao campaign.
Marlow, who is an enforcement agent with Ramsey County’s Child Support Services Division, also had served as president of the Local 8 unit of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Jennifer Munt, a union spokeswoman, said the board’s suspension is unrelated to the allegations against the Thao campaign.
“There is reason to believe that an emergency situation exists in Local 8 and that the local is acting in violation of the International Union Constitution,” Munt said in a statement.
“AFSCME’s national union has placed Local 8 in an administratorship to protect the local membership. We cannot comment further.”
This is a temporary removal of the board, pending a June hearing, Marlow said.
“It’s internal politics of a battle between dollars spent at the council and locals feeling unsupported and underrepresented,” she said.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s office said Tuesday it is also investigating a complaint against Marlow.
“An employment investigation related to that charge has commenced,” Ramsey County attorney’s office spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein said, declining to comment further.