Boulton suspends gubernatorial campaign after sexual-misconduct allegations

Courtesy Nate Boulton

Courtesy Nate Boulton

State Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines, has announced this morning that he will be suspending his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor of Iowa. Two other women told the newspaper he rubbed his clothed crotch against them in separate incidents more than a decade ago. "It is my hope there is some positive that can come from this moment as we strive to be a better people we can be in the coming days, weeks, months and years".

Boulton, one of the top candidates in the Democratic primary, did not deny the allegations in a statement, Politico reported. "I know that will be my task moving on from here", Boulton said.

Boulton didn't address his senate seat in his campaign statement Thursday morning when he ended his campaign for governor.

The unnamed woman shared a similar account to that of Millage, according to The Des Moines Register.

Troy Price, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, said in a statement: "Sexual harassment is unacceptable".

"The Iowa Democratic Party has always been and will always be a place where everyone is welcome and included in the process of making our state and country a better place".

Boulton, the campaign asserted, did not act from a position of power and did not threaten retaliation. "Regardless of the difference in my memory or the context of the situation, it is not my place to disqualify what these women felt at the time or in hindsight". His actions were outside of a workplace context and were before Boulton held public office, his campaign noted.

Boulton did not appear at a candidate forum Wednesday evening at Lake Darling in Brighton, although his campaign earlier said he planned to be there.

And also at the forum, candidate John Norris - a former government official - assured voters there were no surprises in his past, though he did not call on Boulton to leave the race.

"As I have stated from the beginning of my campaign, sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind should not and can not be tolerated".

Other groups, Like College and Young Democrats of Iowa, have come forward saying he should resign from both his Senate seat and from the race for Governor.

Reynolds says she fired Jamison immediately after learning about the allegations, but Democrats criticized that she kept general details of the allegations secret for more than a month. "I was and still am inspired every day by the people who have chosen to fight alongside me in the Senate and on the campaign trail to share a positive vision forward for this incredible state of Iowa. If he chooses not to do so, I will support a full, independent investigation into allegations against him".

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