According to accusations made by Democrat U.S. Senate nominee Mike Franken’s ex-campaign manager, the candidate made “several” unwanted sexual advances toward women, including her.
A police report showed the alleged assailant’s name blacked out. However, the Iowa Field Report, which first reported on this, indicated that “context clues,” including staffers’ names and positions, revealed that the alleged assailant is Franken, who is running against longtime Hawkeye State lawmaker, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
The report indicated that the alleged incident also happened near an Ace Hardware parking lot after Franken and Kimberley Strope-Boggus had drinks at a bar in Des Moines on March 18.
Hawkeye State Senate Democrat nominee’s former campaign manager said that Franken “grabbed the collar of the vest she was wearing and kissed her on her mouth” before she could “pull away.” After the alleged assault, Strope-Boggus indicated that the two kept in contact but never spoke about the incident.
The Iowa Field Report indicated that the publication corroborated the police report after reviewing several social media posts on Twitter from Strope-Boggus’ wife, Becky, which appear to now be deleted. Strope-Boggus’ wife, in her social media posts regarding the incident, allegedly called out Franken by name. Strope-Boggus indicated in the report that Franken’s lawyers allegedly contacted her lawyers and attempted to silence her.
According to Iowa Field Report:
Following the alleged assault, Ms. Strope-Boggus said she stayed in contact with Franken and spoke with him but didn’t discuss the incident specifically, according to the report.
Strope-Boggs described Franken as “old school” due to his “1950s interactions with women.” She said it was “something that he has done to several other women.”