Female Democratic Candidate Drops from Race because of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Democratic candidate Andrea Ramsey is withdrawing from her race for a Congressional seat in Kansas.

There’s nothing regrettable about a pro-abortion Democratic candidate being moved out of a race for Congress. But Andrea Ramsey still denies that she did the deed of which she is accused. So, apart from the politics, this is like a Roy Moore situation.

One good result of all this is maybe innocent people accused of sexual harassment will no longer settle to make a lawsuit go away. If an accused person knows his life can be ruined by it years later, he is going to want to fight it out in court.

McClatchy reports, “Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, accused of sexual harassment, will drop out of US House race.

Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006.

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“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 in a statement Friday. “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.”

Read the entire McClatchy story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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