MN Lawmakers Accused of Sexual Harassment 10 Nov 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state senator accused of sexually harassing several women has hired an attorney to fight a possible ethics complaint.

Alyssa Siems Roberson, a spokeswoman for the Democratic caucus in the state Senate, told The Associated Press that Sen. Dan Schoen had made the hire.

The move comes as Schoen is under intense pressure from his own party, including Gov. Mark Dayton, to resign immediately. Schoen has said the allegations are false.

He is accused of behavior ranging from giving women unwanted attention to physically grabbing a woman’s buttocks.

 

(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) State House Speaker Kurt Daudt has suspended the chairmanship of a Republican lawmaker accused of sexual harassment.

Daudt calls the allegations against Representative Tony Cornish “troubling” and says Cornish will no longer serve as Chair of the Public Safety Committee.

The decision comes in the wake of a lobbyist’s allegations that Cornish made explicit sexual references and pushed her against his office wall and tried to kiss her.

Cornish is also accused of sending an inappropriate text message to a female House Representative. Cornish denies the allegations and says the text messages are being taken out of context.