Two Minnesota Lawmakers to Resign Over Sex Misconduct Claims
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A second Minnesota lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct also plans to resign.
Republican state Rep. Tony Cornish said Tuesday he intends to resign around Dec. 1. Cornish said in a statement he has reached an agreement in principle with an unnamed female lobbyist who told Minnesota Public Radio News that Cornish had propositioned her for sex dozens of times and once forced her into a wall in an attempt to kiss her.
Cornish says the agreement calls for him to apologize and resign. In a statement, Cornish says he apologizes for his "unwelcome behavior."
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Majority Leader Joyce Peppin also issued a statement, saying they asked Cornish to resign.
Earlier Tuesday, an attorney for Minnesota state Sen. Dan Schoen says Schoen, a Democrat, plans to resign in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for Minnesota state Sen. Dan Schoen says Schoen plans to resign in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct.
Paul Rogosheske tells the Star Tribune that Schoen plans to resign at a news conference on Wednesday. Rogosheske says that Schoen, a Democrat from St. Paul Park, doesn't feel he can be effective anymore.
Rogosheske didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.
Schoen, 42, was accused by a Democratic candidate for office of grabbing her buttocks in 2015. Another candidate who is now a fellow Democratic lawmaker said he sent her a string of suggestive texts, and a Senate employee said he texted her a picture of male genitalia.
Schoen denied the lawmakers' allegations, saying they were false or taken out of context.
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