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Wed Nov 8, 2017, 11:36 PM Nov 2017

Multiple women accuse Minnesota state Senator Dan Schoen of sexual harassment


Minnesota state Sen. Dan Schoen sexually harassed women involved in state politics while serving as a DFL lawmaker, according to multiple women who have spoken to MinnPost. Schoen, currently a first-term senator from Cottage Grove, previously served two terms in the House. He also works as a paramedic and police officer in Cottage Grove.

The women describe behavior by Schoen that ranges from persistent and unwanted invitations to meet to physically grabbing a woman from behind. One woman, who asked to not be identified, said he sent her a photo of male genitalia via Snapchat.

Schoen, who was presented with the allegations in a meeting with MinnPost, was aware of each incident but said in a subsequent statement that the allegations are “either completely false or have been taken far out of context. It was never my intention to leave the impression I was making an inappropriate advance on anyone. I feel terrible that someone may have a different interpretation of an encounter, but that is the absolute truth. I also unequivocally deny that I ever made inappropriate contact with anyone.”

“Despite this, if any of my actions or words have ever made another person feel uncomfortable or harassed, I deeply regret it and truly apologize,” Schoen continued. “This is not who I am nor is it the person I would want anyone to feel I am.”

GET IT TOGETHER, MEN. Bakk is calling on him to resign.
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Political leaders call on Schoen to resign in wake of sexual harassment allegations WhiskeyGrinder Nov 2017 #1


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1. Political leaders call on Schoen to resign in wake of sexual harassment allegations
Thu Nov 9, 2017, 12:28 PM
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“These disturbing allegations make clear that no workplace, including Minnesota’s State Capitol, is immune to sexual harassment,” DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement. “The DFL stands strongly with the women who bravely shared their difficult stories, and all others who may have been harassed by Senator Dan Schoen. There is no room in our party for sexual harassment. The DFL calls for Senator Schoen’s immediate resignation.”

"After today's explosive allegations of sexual harassment against Democrat State Senator Dan Schoen, I am insisting that he resign from his position as a Minnesota lawmaker,” Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan also said in a statement.


till, after being presented with the allegations on Wednesday, DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and the entire leadership team of the caucus called for Schoen to apologize and resign from his seat in the Legislature.

“These victims’ allegations are sobering and disturbing. Sen. Schoen’s actions, even with additional context, were inappropriate and do not meet the standards for behavior of a state legislator,” Bakk said. “I have discussed these allegations with my leadership team and we are united in our call for Sen. Dan Schoen to apologize, step aside, and seek care to address these actions.”
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