Update: Here is Sen. Jeff Hayden's response:
“I look forward to resolving this matter before the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct as soon as possible. A thorough review of the facts will demonstrate clearly that my conduct was lawful and ethical and in no way violated the rules or norms of the Senate.
I have already publicly responded to the conjecture outlined in the complaint, and will have no further comment until I have had an opportunity to respond before the Subcommittee.”
Original post: Senate Republicans will file an ethics complaint against DFL Sen. Jeff Hayden for allegedly using his influence to attain a contract for a north side community organization an for his involvement with the embattled Community Action of Minneapolis.
Six Senate Republicans will sign the complaint in the coming days and officially file the complaint.
The complaint notes multiple Star Tribune articles and the Department of Human Services audit as the basis for their complaint.
Community Action of Minneapolis was at the center of a DHS audit which found hundreds of thousands of dollars were inappropriately spent on lavish trips, spas, golf and a celebrity cruise.
Hayden resigned from the Community Action of Minneapolis board Tuesday and called for the resignation of Bill Davis, the CEO of the non-profit.
"To be clear, neither Terri nor I accepted compensation for any cruises, spas, vacations to the Bahamas, or any inappropriate, non-board activities,” Hayden said in a statement.
In a Star Tribune op-ed Hayden and Champion also denied that they threatened to withhold state aid from the district. See the complaint below.