Is ‘Don’t Kiss and Tell’ Becoming Public Policy? Lawmakers Deny Impropriety After Allegedly Caught Making Out

My blog is about corruption and failure in the family court system. I am posting this article to show an example of how the abuses of power committed by public representatives endanger the public welfare as a whole. That is to say, corruption and systemic failures are not isolated to family court but occur in every level of government.

August 25, 2015: Two Minnesota law makers were issued citations after a Dakota County sheriff’s officer allegedly caught them “making out”, and engaging intimate activity, while parked in a car in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. State Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, and Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, both were issued a $260 fine.

Kelly and Mack, who are both married to other people, deny any impropriety happened. According to the Pioneer Press, “Kelly said he had had simply met Mack to receive some documents.” It is unclear as to why the documents could not be exchanged in a more public location. Certainly if this were true – safety should have been a concern, especially if the documents contained sensitive information.  Mack says she will be filing a complaint with the sheriff’s office.

Read the full story at the Pioneer Press (by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Marino Eccher): Citation: two lawmakers caught ‘making out’ in park; lawmakers: ‘completely false’ and a ‘lie’

Tim Kelly and Tara Mack were clearly caught engaging in criminal behavior – even if minor, their actions violated the law, and violated basic public decency. Their response has been to accuse the sheriff’s office of harassing them, and filing false charges against them. Yet their own story does not even make sense. Do these people really think they are above the law?

Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a 2,000 acre park known for its beautiful trails that wind through preserved woodlands, and around Jensen Lake. Due to the high traffic throughout the park, and its rural location, it is regularly patrolled by the Dakota County Sheriff’s office. Visitors to the park note the Sheriff patrols as a benefit in several public comments (posted online) because they feel more safe visiting or camping at the park with a police presence.

It would not be unusual to have an officer in the park at the time Kelly and Mack were questioned.

Second, why do two married representatives need to meet in a wooded, out of the way location to discuss “business”? The temperature was near the 80’s that day, and it would be considerably higher inside of a car, does that really make sense to meet that way – surely Mack had an office location nearby?

I know that this is a relatively minor incident but I believe that our government becomes corrupt, and dysfunctional, when it’s leaders and officers feel that the law does not apply to them…when the leaders get away with small things, inevitably it leads to even bigger acts. In reality, there are no “small things”.

— Emily Court, 2015

Jensen Lake At Lebanon Hills Regional Park, public domain:


About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. Written by a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. She has spent over a decade trapped in family court until her children finally aged out of the system. Through writing and blogging, FCI is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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11 Responses to Is ‘Don’t Kiss and Tell’ Becoming Public Policy? Lawmakers Deny Impropriety After Allegedly Caught Making Out

  1. familycourtfemmesfightingcorruption says:

    I think that it’s a valid possibility that all three are lying. Consider their sources. As much as I want to believe the police officer, I have had one too many false imprisonment incidents, though initiated by an assistant district attorney who worked for family law attorneys, and who was later an assault attorney in Houston who just ran for criminal court judge with her buddies, to believe any of them, quite frankly.

    • Emily Court says:

      Now that’s a thought!

      • familycourtfemmesfightingcorruption says:

        Have you seen your youngest at all, or had any phone or letter contact? What is going on there? I almost fear the answer, though.

      • Emily Court says:

        I get one visit a month, and supposed to get weekly phone calls. Abuser is not allowing any phone calls. He controls the phone in the house, his cell phone is the only phone the kids have access to. He would torture the kids and I during our weekly phone calls with his abusive mind games and manipulation tactics. The judge said I can have additional parenting time only if the abuser agrees – this is an illegal court order that does not meet the statutory minimum parenting time, nor does it meet the Best Interest Standard.

        The Family Court system is truly lawless. There are stories being reported all over the world of its abuses of power, and unjust court rulings that are putting lives at risk. Abusive, dangerous and unfit parents should not be granted custody – period.

  2. familycourtfemmesfightingcorruption says:

    Has anyone checked to find out if the ranger had a previous relationship with his representative? Revenge ticketing? But then, CPS + Transportation = Drug deal gone bad for all three of them, or maybe another kidjacking, but this time unsuccessful? I bet the ranger tried to hustle favors and they both rejected him. That’s awful for their significant–married–partners. Wow! Holy embarrassing, dangerous to the whole family, indeed, a “nuisance” for sure, in public, on the purported facts. Close Challenge!

  3. Emily Court says:

    UPDATE: Rep. Tara Mack (R-Apple Valley) and Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) have decided to just pay the fine, and will not be filing a complaint. They both say they disagree with the citation:

  4. familycourtfemmesfightingcorruption says:
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