A Minnesota Republican and state House Public Safety Committee chairman has been accused of trapping a lobbyist in his office and demanding she help with his “raging boner.”
State Rep. Tony Cornish was also accused of texting inappropriately with a lawmaker.
The Star Tribune reports:
Maye Quade, first elected in 2016, provided the Star Tribune with a text message from Cornish in May 2017 in which he wrote that he “got busted for staring at you on the House floor … Haha. I told him it was your fault, of course. Look too damned good. Ha. I must be more gentlemanly when I run for governor.”
In addition, Cornish also reportedly forced himself on a female lobbyist, who he also texted, locking her in his office and not allowing her to leave.
As per City Pages:
The most disturbing allegations against Cornish come from a lobbyist who asked to have her identity protected. The lobbyist says Cornish engaged in a years-long campaign of harassment, soliciting her for sex in text messages — she rebuffed him — and once pushing her against a wall in his office and trying to kiss her.
On another occasion, during a meeting in his office, the woman says she was attempting to leave when Cornish stood up and pointed down, saying: “I have a raging boner. You can’t leave.” This, the lobbyist says, Cornish said twice; she did leave, anyway.
Cornish has denied the allegations.
On Thursday the Minnesota state House Speaker Kurt Daudt suspended Sen. Tony Cornish’s chairmanship. He has also called for an investigation into the matter.