Jeff Kruse has resigned his post in the Legislature after an investigation revealed a pattern of unwanted touching and harassment at the Capitol.
Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, was one of two senators who filed a formal complaint against Kruse, sparking the independent investigation.
"Senator Kruse's resignation is long overdue". The Senate has 17 Democrats and 13 Republicans.
Kruse, 66, maintained his innocence in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
"Senator Kruse's behavior is not acceptable in the Capitol or any workplace, and he should step down", Brown said in a statement reported by the Oregonian Tuesday night.
Kruse, who represents the former timber town of Roseburg, didn't appear on the Senate floor when it convened Wednesday.
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Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said Kruse "made the right decision".
When another staff member flirted with her, Kruse said, "You are pretty, so that can happen", according to the report. "Canada and Mexico keep raising worker mobility issues, but the USA won't discuss it", he said. "We owe it to the courageous women who came forward to seize this moment".
A lobbyist - one of several women who spoke out about his behavior - said Kruse once "cupped" her buttocks during a photo-op in 2017.
"He has been a true advocate for his district and rural Oregon", Winters said. As we move forward, we must work to provide a safe work environment for all.
"Canada has over the recent weeks become more aggressive with the United States", Ujczo said. On another occasion, Gelser told Rubanoff that Kruse "wrapped his left arm around her shoulder with his fingers extending down toward her breast, and placed his right hand on her thigh with his fingers under the hem of her skirt". "I believe the resignation should have been immediate", Gelser said in a phone interview. "The fact that Senator Kruse is dictating the terms of his departure is exactly what's wrong with the power dynamic that exists at the Capitol", she tweeted. The other women cited in the report who complained weren't named. Many told Rubanoff they were horrified by his conduct but felt they had to endure it out of deference to a powerful, tenured lawmaker. He received warnings, but his behavior only escalated, the report said.
Rubanoff wrote in her report that Kruse did engage in a pattern of offensive conduct. Kruse did not deny most of the accusations, and instead said he did not recall the incidents.
"I am hopeful that the thoroughness of the independent investigation will empower other women to speak up when they are subjected to harassment".
"I regret that I will not have the opportunity to defend myself before the Senate Conduct Committee".
And while sexual harassment allegations against politicians, entertainers and business leaders continue to dominate the national dialogue, more women continue to believe the topic is being underreported compared to men. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward later made a similar complaint. So did Steiner Hayward. It was a formal complaint by Geiser that triggered an outside investigation arranged by a legislative committee. He will continue to get paid both his base pay and a $142 per diem until the short session ends, as required by state law. He is also a vested member of the Public Employees Retirement System and will receive retirement benefits for his years spent in office. In 1988, Reagan and then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed the first free trade agreement - a precursor to NAFTA.
Kruse said in his resignation statement Thursday, "For civil rights to be meaningful, there must be civil rights for all people, including the right to fundamental fairness for persons accused of harassment".
Although he could not be reached for comment by the AP, Kruse told his hometown newspaper The News-Review that he does not have plans to step down.
Kruse has served Curry, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, and Jackson counties for the past 22 years.