Senator Kruse did the right thing resigning yesterday. His decades-long record of public service is now tainted by his personal record of misconduct, and he has lost his ability to adequately represent his constituents. Sexual harassment and misconduct have no place in Oregon, especially among our elected leaders.
No one should ever be made to feel unsafe or in danger in their place of work, nor should they ever fear retaliation if someone comes forward to report their abuser. I have already ordered a review of my office’s current policies to combat sexual misconduct as well as update training programs, and I call on the Legislature to pursue an aggressive culture change in this important area. Oregon deserves better.