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Mia Love: Don’t politicize sexual harassment claims

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Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) said Sunday that the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers should not be politicized to opposing party’s gain, because it would “further victimize people who have already been hurt.”

“I think it’s important that this is not being politicized, it’s not being used for personal gain. We have to make sure we’re not going out there dong anything that’s going to further victimize people who have already been hurt,” Love said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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Sexual harassment has been at the forefront of discussion on the Hill in recent weeks. Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women. Two have claimed he initiated a sexual relationship with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Last week, radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006. She published a photo of Franken appearing to grab at her chest while she was asleep. The incident took place while Franken was working as a comedian during a USO tour. 

Several allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign against President Trump. The White House on Friday said the difference between accusations against Franken and Trump is that Franken admitted wrongdoing, and the president hasn’t. 

“All of these situations are completely different,” Love said Sunday. “I think people need to take responsibility for actions not only in future but in the past. I’m not qualified nor is it appropriate for us to prosecute, judge and sentence in seven minutes we have here.”

A pair of female Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would overhaul policies to combat and report complaints of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

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