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MAPE rescinds endorsement for Sen. Schoen and calls for his resignation

MAPE President Chet Jorgenson released the following statement:

“As public servants, MAPE members are held to a high standard and are responsible for adhering to policies, procedures, state statutes and a high level of professionalism. We believe elected officials should also meet and exceed that level of professionalism.

“Sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender discrimination should never be allowed in the work environment, particularly if you work in or around the Minnesota state capitol. The sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Schoen by legislative and political colleagues are troubling and unacceptable.

“MAPE represents 14,500 state employees across Minnesota with a large presence in Sen. Schoen’s district. During the 2016 campaign cycle, our MAPE PAC endorsed Sen. Schoen based on his past voting record and continued support for public employees. Today, the MAPE PAC notified Sen. Schoen that it has rescinded our endorsement and asked that he resign from public office.

“MAPE supports victims of sexual harassment and assault, and is committed to ending these nefarious crimes not only in the Capitol but throughout Minnesota.”