A Democratic state senator running for Governor of Iowa has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women that includes inappropriate touching.
The other women said that at social gatherings while they were in law school about a decade and a half ago, Boulton, while clothed, repeatedly pressed his erect penis into their thighs. "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". He called the allegations against Boulton "deeply disturbing". I know that will be my task moving on from here.
In a statement issued to his supporters Thursday morning, he thanked his campaign staff and supporters for helping him in his quest to win the nod to face Gov. Kim Reynolds in the November 6 election.
The unnamed woman shared a similar account to that of Millage, according to The Des Moines Register.
"Sexual harassment is unacceptable whether it occurs in a social or professional setting".
Boulton did not say whether he would seek to return to the Iowa Senate, where he now is serving his first term. "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". "These are not assertions that he used positions of power, threatened retaliation or reprisal, or that he was in any position to do so".
"I think I owe it to those people who have supported me to have that vision tested at the ballot box", Boulton said.
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Boulton's departure comes less than two weeks before the June 5 Democratic primary for governor. His actions were outside of a workplace context and were before Boulton held public office, his campaign noted.
Iowa Democrats condemned Boulton's alleged behavior but stopped short of calling for him to leave the race. Some have also demanded he resign from the Iowa Senate, an issue he did not address in his statement.
Some of Boulton's Democratic challengers were also quick to criticize him.
Norris noted that he had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate twice after full FBI background investigations.
Boulton's alleged behavior drew a rebuke from Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, an early backer of his.
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.
The organization's president, Danny Homan added: "As a union that believes in the dignity of all work and all workers, we take allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously".