sexual-harassment

DNC Looking Into Ellison Allegations
Comes as he wins Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., faces allegations he abused his ex-girlfriend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic National Committee said it is looking into charges of domestic abuse by Rep. Keith Ellison, who serves as deputy chairman of the organization.

“These allegations recently came to light and we are reviewing them,” the committee said in a statement to NPR. “All allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing and should be taken seriously.”

Keith Ellison Easily Wins Primary for Minnesota AG Despite Abuse Allegations
Six-term congressman accused days before election of abusing ex-girlfriend

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., easily won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday. He has been accused of abusing a former girlfriend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Keith Ellison won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday night, despite allegations that he abused an ex-girlfriend surfacing just days before the election.

With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Ellison led a five-way field with 51 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. His closest challenger, state Rep. Debra Hilstrom, trailed with 18 percent. 

Minnesota 5th District Candidates Sidestep Ellison Allegations
Democratic primary in the state is Tuesday

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who is running for state attorney general, has been accused of abuse by a former girlfriend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three top Democrats running to succeed Rep. Keith Ellison in Minnesota’s 5th District responded cautiously Monday to allegations that he abused a former girlfriend in 2016.

The candidates did not say whether they believed the allegations against the six-term Democratic lawmaker, who has denied that the long-term relationship included physical abuse. They also did not call for him to resign or drop out of his current race for state attorney general. 

Office of Congressional Ethics Sees Huge Uptick in Citizen Outreach
More than 8,000 private citizens contact office for information or requests

An investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, was halted when he resigned in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Office of Congressional Ethics saw a considerable uptick in citizen outreach in the second quarter of 2018. At the same time, three referrals were sent to the House Ethics Committee for action.

Over 8,300 private citizens contacted the Office of Congressional Ethics during the second quarter, up from 580 in the first quarter of 2018, according to the OCE’s most recent quarterly report. In the last year, citizen contacts had previously topped out at 1,450 per quarter. The contacts fall into two categories: Allegations of misconduct and requests for information about the OCE.

Ivanka Trump Rarely Breaks With Father in Public, Here’s Where She Does
President’s daughter voiced criticism on media attacks, family separation

Ivanka Trump has made rare public breaks with the president over contentious issues, but largely kept her disagreements private. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ivanka Trump’s public disagreement Thursday with two of her father’s recent controversies were a rare public rebuke from the president’s daughter and senior adviser, who has said she is “very candid” with her father in private but has largely avoided public criticism.

In response to questions at an Axios event Thursday, Trump said she does not agree the media is the “enemy of the people” and called the aftermath of the administration’s child separation policy a “low point.”

Report: Former Ohio State Coach Asked Jordan Accusers to Recant
Accusers shared texts of Hellickson asking for support of Jordan with NBC

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is facing accusations he knew about sexual abuse while an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The former head wrestling coach at Ohio State University attempted to get two former wrestlers to recant their accusations that Rep. Jim Jordan knew about sexual abuse while an assistant coach.

Jordan has been accused of knowing that team physician Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused athletes while he was an assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994. The Ohio Republican has denied that any accusations were made to him at the time.

Lobbying Groups Join Fight Against Sexual Harassment
‘We just have not had anyone come out and report it just yet, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t or isn’t happening.’

K Street sign at 15th and K Streets in Washington, D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Major advocacy and government affairs groups are joining the fight against workplace sexual harassment in Washington.

Groups announced Wednesday the formation of a task force to develop a plan to protect professionals from harassment, with the goal of creating guidelines, standards and programs to support harassment victims.

Franken on Running Again: ‘Won’t Rule it Out, Won’t Rule it In’
Wife Franni jokes, ‘I think there are times that both of us would like spend less time together’

Former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and his wife Franni leave the Senate in December after he announced he was stepping down. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Al Franken said he did not rule out the possibility of running for office again in his first sit-down interview since leaving his seat amid a sexual harassment scandal.

In an interview with a Minnesota CBS affiliate, the Democrat from Minnesota said he missed working in the Senate.

Obama’s Push for More Female Leaders Gets Help From Men Acting Out
“Men have been getting on my nerves lately,” ex-president says

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, shown here with former first lady Michelle Obama when their official portraits were unveiled earlier this year, wants more women to take leadership roles.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

OPINION — Former President Barack Obama has not been a headline fixture since he left office. In fact, with a few exceptions, the opposite has been true, maybe because he feels it’s better to keep his political distance in this partisan time or because he’s holding off in order to make a greater impact when he decides to speak up. But last week, Obama did make a bit of news when he encouraged more women to take leadership roles because “men have been getting on my nerves lately.”

Obama certainly could have been talking about certain men who were particularly vexing during his own time in the White House, and have continued to bedevil Democrats (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for starters).

Rick Nolan Retained Staffer on Campaign Payroll After Harassment Allegations
Three former female employees have alleged former legislative director Jim Swiderski sexually harassed them

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., above, retained former legislative director Jim Swiderski on his campaign payroll in 2015 even after Swiderski resigned from his congressional office amid sexual misconduct allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just months after dismissing his top legislative aide in 2015 for multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. Rick Nolan hired the aide to work on his 2016 re-election campaign.

Three former women employees for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor congressman told MinnPost, which originally reported this story, that Nolan’s legislative director, Jim Swiderski, repeatedly harassed — and in some cases groped — them in the early- and mid-2010s.