Indiana Dems: GOP has double standard on donations from alleged assaulters
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Indiana Democrats accused GOP congressmen of having a double standard in their acceptance of campaign support from President Trump while calling for Democrats to refuse contributions from Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Dem holds single-digit lead in race to replace Franken GOP lawmaker once belittled sexual harassment: 'How traumatizing was it?' MORE (D-Minn.) over new sexual harassment allegations against him.

Indiana Rep. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserTrump Jr. to stump in Indiana for Pence’s brother and governor hopeful Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership Republicans top Dems at charity golf game MORE (R) on Thursday called for Indiana Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Conservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign Donnelly parodies 'Veep' in new campaign ad MORE (D) to demand Franken's resignation and return $10,000 in campaign contributions he received from the Minnesota senator, who is accused of groping and kissing an L.A. morning radio show host without consent.

Fellow Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita (R) echoed Messer's demands in a tweet, while also noting previous allegations made against former President Clinton.

"Donnelly needs to return the $10,000 he has received from Al Franken and fully disassociate himself from alleged sexual abusers like Franken and Clinton," Rokita tweeted.

 

The state Democratic party returned fire at Messer and Rokita for having "hypocritically" failed to follow their own prescribed standards, citing their continued support for Trump despite similar allegations having been made against the president. 

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"Yet Congressmen Messer and Rokita have shown no sign that they wouldn’t accept campaign support from President Trump, against whom more than a dozen women have leveled similar charges, and who was notoriously caught on tape bragging about sexual assault," the Indiana Democratic Party said in a statement. 

Trump, the party pointed out, has been accused of similar behavior by at least 16 women and was caught on a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape saying he groped women. 

Donnelly has since donated the money he received from Franken to several Indiana charities and agreed with calls for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the claims against the Minnesota senator. 

“What Senator Franken did is wrong and regardless of political party, sexual harassment and sexual abuse are unacceptable," Donnelly said Thursday in response to the reports of Franken's misconduct.

The Republicans now "must follow through on their new-found policies and promise to disassociate their own campaigns — whether campaign appearances or contributions — from a politician at the head of their party accused by at least 16 women of sexual harassment and assault," said Will Baskin-Gerwitz, the Indiana Democratic Party's senior media strategist.

The statement comes just days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: report MORE (R-Ky.) called on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step out of the race amid serious allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by six women.