Sen. Jeff Kruse resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

Kate Brown

Oregon Senate Committee on Conduct Releases Investigative Report on Sen. Jeff Kruse

He said his resignation is effective March 15. The investigator found that he escalated his harassing conduct after being told not to touch women at work.

Kruse announced his resignation in a statement Thursday evening, saying he continues to deny allegations against him.

In a statement Thursday, Burdick said "it was past time for Senator Kruse to resign".

"I continue to deny these allegations", Kruse said in a statement reported by OR media.

"However, today I tender my resignation so my colleagues my focus on serving Oregonians without distraction and my constituents receive the fullest representation they are due", he added.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said he had been working this week with leadership in the Senate Republican Caucus to secure Kruse's resignation.

Read the document: Sen. That was the route Kruse took Thursday.

The 51-page report says Kruse's actions created a hostile workplace and the fact that his conduct was widely known yet went unchecked left women less powerful than he to suffer, certain their complaints would go nowhere. "He needs to resign, and I think there are many folks in this building who feel the same way".

Senate Republican Leader Jackie Winters of Salem declined to comment to the newspaper. One law student who worked with Kruse said that he would call her his "little girl" and call her "sexy" while at work.

"He has been a true advocate for his district and rural Oregon", Winters said.

The president of the OR state Senate said Sen.

"How are we keeping women safe for the next five weeks?" she said".

"It is clear that the informal reporting process under the personnel rule exists for a goal, and that objective will be defeated if it is viewed as a "free pass". Kruse's resignation is long overdue.

An investigative report by investigator and employment law attorney Dian Rubanoff found that Kruse hugged and touched more women than men, and all of the people who have complained about him so far are women.

She didn't initially report the incident because she too feared it could harm her career. Jeff Kruse sexually harassed or groped many women at the Oregon Capitol, the Southern Oregon lawmaker said he would not resign and instead would fight the investigation's conclusions.

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Steiner Hayward declined to comment on the report through her office.

Kruse denied any wrongdoing.

Gelser praised those women, most of whom who were not named in the report, for speaking to the investigator about the harassment they endured. "Kruse to resign. We now have work to do to make our Capitol a harassment-free workplace, and that all individuals are respected".

Tuesday's report is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Conduct Committee Feb. 22.

Kruse was absent from the Senate floor as it met, and no one was in his office.

Gelser later confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive that her tweet referenced Kruse.

But he didn't stop, Gelser said.

Sen. Sara Gelser, who publicly accused Kruse of sexual harassment, told the Statesman Journal she didn't understand why he wasn't stepping down immediately. So did Steiner Hayward. It was a formal complaint by Geiser that triggered an outside investigation arranged by a legislative committee.

By delaying his resignation until the end of the lawmaking session, Kruse will continue receiving his base pay and $142 per diem.

Kruse, a farmer by trade, first joined the Legislature in 1996.

"For civil rights to be meaningful, there must be civil rights for all people, including the right to fundamental fairness for persons accused of harassment", Kruse wrote.

Moore said county commissioners from Kruse's district will be tasked with choosing a replacement from within the republican party.

Kruse said he was proud of his accomplishments in health care and education.

"Serving the people of Curry and portions of Coos, Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties for the past 22 years has been the greatest honor of my life", Kruse wrote in his statement.

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