Nate Boulton suspends campaign after allegations of sexual misconduct

Three women accuse Iowa governor candidate of sexual misconduct

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Three Des Moines women told The Des Moines Register on Tuesday that Boulton made inappropriate sexual conduct with them.

Democratic Iowa gubernatorial candidate Nate Boulton has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday. The Register said the women chose to share their stories partly because of the #Me Too movement, but did not say specifically whether the newspaper had sought them out for interviews or whether the women had approached the newspaper.

"Nate Boulton's behavior in the social settings referenced in the article, as described by women who were social peers, in no way equates to the disgraceful actions taken by men across the country and in the Iowa Statehouse who have assaulted, harassed, and threatened women with workplace consequences", Boulton said in a press release. "That means making sure we have the wage growth we need, that we have the quality of life for workers in this state, so that they want to stay here, so that our youngest-our best and brightest-stay in our communities across Iowa, and that we can recruit the next generation of skilled workers that we need".

Nate Boulton of sexual misconduct, he announced he is suspending his campaign for governor.

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Boulton indicated yesterday he had no intentions of dropping out of the race.

On May 22, Boulton was the runner-up in a poll, with 20 percent of likely Democratic voters supporting him, trailing front-runner Fred Hubbell, who garnered 31 percent. Regardless of the difference in my memory or the context of the situation, it is not my place to disqualify what these women felt at the time or in hindsight.

The chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa Jeff Kaufmann released a statement after hearing about the accusations.

"Let me be very clear, there is no place for sexual misconduct or harassment in politics or anywhere else".

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His biggest supporter has been the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, whose Council 61 represents thousands of state employees in Iowa.

Early voting for the June 5th primary is underway.

Iowa Republicans also called for Boulton to quit the race and resign as a senator.

In Iowa, the issue took shape last summer when a jury awarded $2.2 million to a former staffer for Senate Republicans who says she was sacked after reporting verbal harassment in the workplace.

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Several Democrats in high positions have responded to the allegations.

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