November 21, 2017 10:22 PM
One of the two women who accused Rep. Tony Cornish of sexual harassment has come forward after initially remaining anonymous.
On Tuesday, lobbyist Sarah Walker said she was one of the women who had been harassed by Cornish over the "past several years."
"I initially chose to remain anonymous in order to avoid retaliation and to be able to continue doing the public policy work I love at the Minnesota State Capitol," Walker said in a statement. "I did not want this to be about me or become another 'he said, she said' situation. I am hopeful by going public I can help others make the tough decision to speak out regarding their own stories."
Walker said sexual harassment is something that occurs too often at the State Capitol. She also said it places female lobbyists in a difficult position, because there is no process for non-state employees to make a formal complaint.
I have decided to step forward and publicly acknowledge that I am one of several individuals who shared their stories about being sexually harassed by Rep. Tony Cornish. #mnleg Statement -> pic.twitter.com/BdZzAgTlH2— Sarah Walker (@sarahwalkerMN) November 22, 2017
Walker's announcement came via Twitter after Cornish announced he planned to resign Tuesday evening.
Walker appears on KSTP occasionally to serve as a political analyst.
Cornish was also accused of sexual harassment by State Rep. Erin Maye Quade. Quade said Cornish sent her multiple inappropriate text messages.
Updated: November 21, 2017 10:22 PM
Created: November 21, 2017 06:39 PM
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