A democratic hopeful running for Kansas’ 3rd district in the House of Representatives suddenly dropped out of the race Friday, after allegations surfaced that she sexually harassed a male subordinate back in 2005.
According to the Kansas City Star, the Democratic Party pulled the plug on 56-year old Andrea Ramsey’s House bid after news of her lawsuit broke on the internet. The paperwork shows Ramsey was accused of harassing a male employee during her tenure at LabOne; a company where she served as an executive vice president.
While Ramsey denies the charges, her campaign released a statement citing the Democratic Party’s “zero tolerance standard,” adding that “we are in a national moment where rough justice stands in the place of careful analysis.”
“In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard,” Ramsey said, “For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign. We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process.”
Ramsey is the latest politician to resign or be forced from the national stage over allegations of sexual misconduct. Earlier this month, Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from Congress following reports that he “groped” and forcibly kissed multiple women.