The wave of change in the attitudes regarding sexual harassment within the walls of U.S. government buildings continues as accusations have been leveled at a senator from Oregon. We have all the latest on the accusations of sexual harassment being made towards State Senator Jeff Kruse and what his response may be.
Investigation into Jeff Kruse
As of today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has called upon 66-year-old State Senator Jeff Kruse to resign after an independent investigation concluded that Kruse had sexually harassed numerous women, multiple times.
The investigation and a 51-page report were assembled by private attorney Dian Rubanoff, According to this report, Rubanoff stated that Kruse had a “long-standing pattern” of “engaging in unwelcome physical contact toward females in the workplace.”
Rubanoff also alleges that Kruse had been confronted on multiple occasions about his behavior, but refused to change. He even went so far to tell Rubanoff that “It’s not easy to change when you have been doing something for 67 years.”
The report itself was brought about by two other Oregon senators, Sara Gelser and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, accusing Kruse of sexual harassment in the fall of 2017.
Gelser said at least 15 other women had been victims of Kruse’s unwanted touching. Rubanoff found at least three other women, a lobbyist and two law students, who had worked for Kruse and reported the same issues.
Kruse has yet to respond to the latest round of accusations or the calls for his resignation. However, in October, he did address Gelser and Steiner’s accusations. Kruse told The Oregonian:
“I have never done anything that I believe anybody could portray as being sexual. And it’s never been my intention and never will be.”
Meanwhile, according to the report compiled by Rubanoff, Kruse’s behavior actually got worse during the 2017 sessions.
A public hearing on the report will be held February 22, 2018, by the Senate Conduct Committee. The committee has the power to reprimand, censure, or get rid of Kruse, but would require a two-thirds majority vote to do so.