COLUMBIA, Mo. — In Indiana, one of Josh Hawley’s fellow Republican attorneys general is under investigation for allegedly sexually harassing female colleagues. While local Republican leaders have called on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign, Hawley and one of his biggest supporters, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), have said nothing.
Hawley undoubtably has the influence and authority to call on RAGA to stand up for the victims of AG Hill’s sexual misconduct — and at the very least, could denounce Hill himself. Hawley was a favorite of the RAGA in 2016 and has their continued support.
This is not the first time Hawley has put political expediency ahead of speaking out against sexual harassers. When Roy Moore was accused of molesting women as young as 14, Hawley refused to denounce Moore or say whether he believed Moore’s accusers. When a clear pattern of sexual abuse by former RNC finance chair Steve Wynn emerged, Hawley refused to disavow Wynn and went on to form a joint fundraising committee with the RNC. And despite claims that he did not accept money from sexual harassers, Hawley accepted a $1,000 campaign contribution from former U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, who the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel in 1995 amid disturbing allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women who worked with or for him during his time in the Senate.
“Over and over again, Josh Hawley has proven that he will always put loyalty to his political donors and allies ahead of standing up for victims of sexual harassment. If Hawley really believed victims, he would have already spoken out against Hill’s behavior and called on the RAGA to do the same.”
Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren