Several lawmakers have requested Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, to resign following studies that he badually harbaded ladies concerned in state politics.
Schoen has stated the allegations are false or taken out of context.
MinnSubmit, which first reported the accusations, stated Schoen’s habits ranged from “persistent and unwanted invitations to meet to physically grabbing a woman from behind.”
In a cellphone interview Wednesday night time, Lindsey Port talked about her encounters with Schoen when she was a first-time DFL House candidate from the Burnsville space in 2015.
Port stated she went to a political meet-and-greet occasion in downtown Minneapolis with different elected officers and candidates. “Rep. Schoen was standing in the group with us,” Port stated. “When I said I was door-knocking, he leaned back to look behind me and said, ‘I can tell if a candidate is doing good door-knocking by checking out their bad. And that looks like a good door-knocking bad.’ ”
Said Port, “I just froze. I didn’t know how to respond.”
A couple of minutes later, Port was ready to satisfy Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who was on the town for a Democratic National Committee badembly in Minneapolis.
Port stated Schoen then got here as much as her.
“The representative came up behind me and grabbed my bad,” Port stated. “He said, ‘Yep, yep. That’s a good door-knocking bad.”
In a press release, Schoen stated, “I am hurt by these allegations and take them seriously. I can honestly say they are either completely false or have been taken far out of context. It was never my intention to leave the impression I was making an inappropriate advance on anyone. I feel terrible that someone may have a different interpretation of an encounter, but that is the absolute truth. I also unequivocally deny that I ever made inappropriate contact with anyone.”
MinnSubmit reported that Schoen made undesirable advances on a House member after which despatched her a textual content message, possible meant for another person, that stated “I almost got her. Working on her pretty hard, but I almost got her.”
On Wednesday night time, DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL Rep. Erin Murphy and Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto, amongst others, all launched statements calling for Schoen’s resignation.
Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan in a press release referred to as the allegations “explosive” and demanded that Schoen resign.
Bakk referred to as the allegations towards Schoen “sobering and disturbing.”
“I have discussed these allegations with my leadership team and we are united in our call for Sen. Dan Schoen to apologize, step aside, and seek care to address these actions,” Bakk’s badertion stated.
Rep. Paul Thissen, who was the DFL House chief for six years, stated in his time as chief — 4 as minority chief and two as speaker — harbadment allegations towards two members have been delivered to his consideration. He declined to call the 2, citing the Legislature’s confidentiality guidelines.
Murphy, DFL candidate for governor, referred to as Schoen’s actions “deplorable.” “This abuse of power is harmful to women, to people, and contributes to a sick culture that we must change,” she stated.
Schoen was first elected to the House in 2012, and re-elected in 2014. He received his Senate seat in 2016. Along with being a legislator, he is also a police officer. His biography says he’s single and has two kids.
Star Tribune workers author Patrick Coolican contributed to this report.