At Issue: Sexual Harassment Allegations Surface Against 2 State Lawmakers; Minneapolis Mayor-Elect in Studio

November 12, 2017 07:24 PM

Fallout Grows Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Two MN State Lawmakers

Multiple women have spoken out in the past week in accusing State Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, and Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, of sexual harassment. 

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Cornish acknowledged that state Rep. Erin Maye Quade, DFL-Apple Valley, is accusing him of sending inappropriate text messages. He also acknowledges an unnamed female lobbyist has accused him of inappropriate physical contact, along with sending inappropriate text messages. He claims that stemmed from a conversation about possibly engaging in a romantic relationship. Cornish has denied these allegations. 

The allegations against Cornish came just a day after Maye Quade and former House candidate Lindsey Port accused Schoen of sexually harassing them and inappropriately touching Port at a political event in 2015.

No formal complaint has been made against either Schoen or Cornish to the nonpartisan House Human Resources Office. House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he's been told of general concerns about the work environment in the House, but never received any specific complaints. 

New Mayors Elected in Minneapolis, St. Paul 

Two new leaders will be guiding Minneapolis and St. Paul over the next four years. 

In Minneapolis, Jacob Frey beat out 15 other candidates, including incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges. Frey says one of his main focuses will be improving public safety through better police-community relations. He also wants to work with the business community on recently-implemented initiatives to raise the minimum wage and implement paid sick and safe time. Frey also wants to increase access to affordable housing in Minneapolis. 

Watch the video player to see an extended interview with Mayor-Elect Frey and At Issue host Tom Hauser

In St. Paul, Melvin Carter received more than 50 percent of the first-round of ranked choice votes on Election Night, which was enough to win the mayor's seat. Carter, a former City Council member, grew up in St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood and says he's excited to get work to improve his hometown. He's also calling for better police-community relations and more extensive efforts to make residents feel safe in their neighborhoods. 

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