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Minnesota Senator's Attorney Disputes Harassment Claims

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Rep. Tony Cornish. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:37 PM

An attorney for a Minnesota state senator accused of sexual harassment is raising questions about two of his accusers.

Sen. Dan Schoen, a Democrat, announced Tuesday he would resign. Schoen was accused by Lindsey Port, a Democratic political candidate, of commenting on her appearance and groping her buttocks at a campaign appearance.

Schoen also was accused by state Rep. Erin May Quade of unwanted advances by text.

Schoen's attorney Paul Rogosheske says several witnesses at the event attended by Port say they saw no groping. And Rogosheske says May Quade misinterpreted a text from Schoen that was intended for someone else.

Rogosheske also noted that Port's business partner is running for state auditor and suggested the accusations may have been intended to derail a competing bid by Schoen.

May Quade declined to comment on Rogosheske's statements. Port was traveling Wednesday and didn't respond to messages.

Republican Rep. Tony Cornish announced Tuesday he'd leave his seat by Dec. 1 following accusations of sexual misconduct, including a lobbyist who said he propositioned her for sex dozens of times.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had called on both men to resign. Their seats will be filled by special elections.

Dayton says he plans to meet with party leaders next week to discuss the timing of those elections. He hopes both seats will be filled when the Legislature resumes in late February.

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