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Nate Boulton to suspend campaign amid sexual misconduct allegations

Nate Boulton to suspend campaign amid sexual misconduct allegations

Three women had accused Boulton of touching them inappropriately during separate incidents.

The Boulton campaign sought to distinguish the behavior described by the women quoted in the Register as different from allegations made against other men. A third woman declined to be named for fear of professional repercussions, according to the newspaper.

Boulton, who married his second wife in 2014 after divorcing his first in 2011, released a statement shortly after the report was published that did not deny the accusations.

"I am so proud of the campaign that my staff, my supporters, and I ran in the past year", Boulton said in a statement.

"I again offer an apology to those whom I have harmed in any way", Boulton said. "While this is an embarrassing conversation for me to have today, I think it is important we have it, and I hope young men can learn about gaging conduct in social settings and continue to learn about and engage in the discussion". It's unclear for now if enough people had voted for Boulton to shift the outcome of the primary.

The Iowa State Daily has reached out to Sen. Period. Everyone who comes forward with experiences of sexual harassment needs to be heard. But immediately after announcing the suspension of his campaign, Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, called on him to resign that position as well.

And also at the forum, candidate John Norris - a former government official - assured voters there were no surprises in his past, though he did not call on Boulton to leave the race.

Jeff Kauffmann, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, says Boulton should step down as both a gubernatorial candidate and as a state senator.

"As I have stated from the beginning of my campaign, sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind should not and can not be tolerated".

Boulton has been a favorite of labor unions and trial lawyers, two Democratic constituencies who collectively have financed much of his campaign.

On Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, whose Council 61 represents thousands of state employees in Iowa, released a statement in support of Boulton's exit.

DES MOINES, Iowa-The top Iowa Democrat in the senate wants one of her members who is dealing with the aftermath of sexual misconduct scandal to resign or she has threatened to support an investigation into his past. The state later reached a $1.75 million settlement.

Five contenders vie for to be the Democratic nominee to face incumbent Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in November.

"CYDI takes the recent allegations against Nate Boulton seriously, and believe it is our duty to respond with appropriate action", said CYDI in their statement.

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