A Wisconsin state consultant who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of ladies misplaced the Democratic major Tuesday in his bid for re-election.
Rep. Josh Zepnick misplaced the Tuesday major to Marisabel Cabrera, an immigration legal professional who was endorsed by EMILY’s Record.
Zepnick was faraway from legislative committees in December and was not allowed to satisfy privately with different Meeting Democrats after he was accused of kissing two ladies towards their will at political occasions in 2011 and 2015. Each ladies claimed he was drunk when he kissed them with out their consent.
Meeting Minority Chief Gordon Hintz known as on him to resign. As an alternative, Zepnick ran for re-election.
Zepnick, who was first elected in 2002, apologized for his conduct and blamed it on alcoholism, WISN-TV reported. He was additionally arrested for drunk driving in 2015.
Of the allegations, Zepnick informed WisPolitics.com, “I don’t assume that what occurred over primarily a interval of 5 seconds in my life ought to outline my whole profession, not to mention trigger me to not be capable to serve.”
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He stated the accusations towards him have been “shifting and altering.”
Cabrera forged Zepnick as a “sexual harasser” who’s unable to carry workplace within the state Meeting. She additionally known as Zepnick’s protection and dealing with of the accusations “offensive.”
“I don’t assume that what occurred over primarily a interval of 5 seconds in my life ought to outline my whole profession, not to mention trigger me to not be capable to serve.”
“His conduct is affirmation that it’s time for him to go,” Cabrera, who additionally challenged Zepnick in 2016, informed the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“It’s truly that one thing that impacts ladies for his or her whole life – it doesn’t simply go away,” she continued. “It’s offensive that his rapid response was responsible it on the alcohol. It’s much more offensive that after admitting the incidents did occur and apologizing, he’d problem the ladies’s credibility. And it’s outrageous that he would recommend there’s some kind of 5-second rule to sexual assault.”
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Zepnick conceded the race and stated he needs Cabrera nicely, the Journal Sentinel reported.
“I’m grateful to have had the chance to symbolize this district for 16 years … And I’m pleased with the work I’ve completed,” he informed the newspaper. “I can’t return and alter my errors. However three years in the past, I went into restoration and have become sober. And I’ve stayed sober.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.