A female Democrat running four a House seat in Kansas is dropping out of the race after complaints of sexual misconduct went public.
While candidate Andrea Ramsey worked as the executive vice president of human resources at LabOne, a male human resources manager at the company filed a lawsuit against the company as well as a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the Kansas City Star, the case resulted in a settlement.
Gary Funkhouser said that Ramsey made “unwelcome and inappropriate sexual comments and innuendos” to him for several months, starting in September 2004. He also said that Ramsey made sexual advances towards him during work trips. She retaliated against him, according to Funkhouser, for not reciprocating. After he told her he didn’t want a sexual relationship with her, Ramsey fired Funkhouser in June 2005.
Shortly afterwords, Funkhouser filed his complaint and lawsuit.
Ramsey recently announced that she plans to drop out of the race for U.S. House in Kansas after the lawsuit was made public.
She claims, however, that the Democratic Party’s zero tolerance for sexual misconduct is just a politically motivated “rush to claim the high ground.”
She also lashed out at her accuser, calling him “a vindictive, terminated employee” whose “false allegations” ruined her campaign.
Ramsey called the current #MeToo movement and the popular push to believe those who say they’re victims of sexual misconduct “a national movement where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process.”
Washington Examiner reports:
Ramsey denied the allegations in the lawsuit, but her campaign said she will drop out of the congressional race.
“In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard,” Ramsey said in a statement to the paper. “For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to decide not to support our promising campaign. We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process.”
Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman with the DCCC, told the Star any person who is guilty of sexual assault or sexual harassment “should not hold public office.”
When stepping down from the race, Ramsey saw no problem with publicly attacking her accuser’s character.
That’s an unusual move, considering the push from Democratic congressional leadership for those accused of sexual misconduct to “step aside gracefully,” as Nancy Pelosi said in the case of Rep. John Conyers.
Zero tolerance means consequences. I have asked for an ethics investigation, and as that investigation continues, @RepJohnConyers has agreed to step aside as Ranking Member. No matter how great an individual’s legacy, it is not a license for harassment. pic.twitter.com/H5ikWy1iqT
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 26, 2017
Democrats Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, as well as Republican Rep. Trent Franks, have all resigned due to sexual misconduct allegations.
Is zero tolerance getting in the way of “promising” campaigns, as Ramsey says? Or is Pelosi right that “zero tolerance means consequences […] no matter how great an individual’s legacy”? And is Pelosi’s zero-tolerance stance even sincere?
It seems the Democrats can’t agree on the issue as more cases of misconduct go public.
Isn’t there just as much reason to believe Ramsey’s accuser as anyone else?
Tell us what you think, and sound off in the comments below.
Hat tip: Washington Examiner