Report: Sex claims against Kruse ‘political maneuver’

Sen. Jeff Kruse accused of sexually harassing 15 women

State Senator Jeff Kruse (JEFF KRUSE/FACEBOOK.COM)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Independent Party of Oregon wants the Oregon Republican Party to disavow the comments made by the chair of the Douglas County Republican Committee who said sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Jeff Kruse are politically motivated.

Kruse, a state senator from Douglas County, is accused of harassing 15 women in the state capitol. Sen. Sara Gelser, one of his accusers, want him expelled from the Oregon senate.

The Roseburg News-Review, though, quotes Douglas County GOP committee chairman Fred Dayton as “a political maneuver.”

In a release sent out by Rob Harris and Sal Peralta, the Independent Party said:

“We call on the Oregon Republican Party to publicly disavow Mr Dayton’s public comments; to issue a public statement clarifying its position on sexual misconduct and harassment in the workplace and to join in calling for Senator Kruse’s resignation if he chooses not to resign or cooperate with an open accounting of the allegations based in Senate rules and processes.”

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler, both Republicans, said Kruse should resign if the allegations are true.