State Rep: “We Don’t Let Women Within Six Feet of Tony Cornish”

(St. Paul, MN) – More information is emerging on allegations of sexual harassment by State Representative Tony Cornish of Vernon Center.

According to a report in the StarTribune, State Rep. Melissa Hortman met with House Speaker Kurt Daudt in May to discuss issues of harassment and decorum and when she mentioned Cornish specifically, she says Daudt said something like “We don’t let women within six feet of Tony Cornish.”

Daudt has said he was never made aware of complaints against specific lawmakers.

Also in the StarTribune story, former House Speaker Kurt Zellers says that he once confronted Cornish about sexually harassing women at the Capitol, and Zellers is now calling for Cornish to resign and apologize.

Earlier this week, two women accused Cornish of sexual harassment, from unwanted messages on sexual objectivity to attempted sexual contact. One of them is a lobbyist, the other a current state Representative.

On Friday another lobbyist came forward to report that she met with Republican staff about two years ago to report sexual harassment by Cornish.

Cornish has denied the allegations.

Accusations were also leveled this week against DFL State Senator Dan Schoen, with Congressman Tim Walz among those calling for his resignation.

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