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Hoffman to Goodwin: "I'm sorry"

Sen. Gretchen Hoffman offered apology, hug to Sen. Barb Goodwin over tweet.

Hoffman to Goodwin: "I'm sorry"

Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50), who represents much of Fridley, got a verbal apology and a hug from Sen. Gretchen Hoffman (R-Vergas) Thursday during Hoffman's farewell speech to the Minnesota Senate.

Hoffman ridiculed Goodwin in a May 2011 tweet from the Senate floor that misconstrued remarks Goodwin had just made in a floor speech.

A Senate ethics committee dropped a complaint against her by another DFL senator in June 2011 after Hoffman agreed to .

But Thursday's apology—and hug—was different.

"I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart," a tearful Hoffman said. "And I wish I said that earlier."

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