Lobbyist Who Claimed Harassment Goes Public
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _A previously unidentified lobbyist who says she was sexually harassed by a Minnesota lawmaker has gone public.
Sarah Walker tweeted a statement Tuesday saying that the problem of sexual
harassment in Minnesota and state Capitols across the country is ``a nonpartisan
problem that requires a nonpartisan solution.'' And Walker says no one should
have to accept sexual harassment ``in exchange for the opportunity to work on
issues in the political arena or anywhere else.''
Walker is the lobbyist who told Minnesota Public Radio that Republican state
Rep. Tony Cornish had propositioned her for sex dozens of times and once forced
her into a wall in an attempt to kiss her. Cornish said Tuesday he will resign
from the Legislature as part of an agreement with Walker, which included his
Walker says she initially chose to remain anonymous to avoid retaliation and to
continuing doing public policy work at the state Capitol. But she says she later
went public in the hopes of helping ``others make the tough decision to speak
out regarding their own stories.''