12/26/2018: "Ranker May Resign From Senate"
(Ranker as SJC County Commissioner -Island Guardian file photo)
In the face of a charge of sexual harassment and creating a hostile workplace, and with eroding support from the progressive left that has counted on Ranker sponsoring their bills, Ranker is reportedly considering his options, and according to a report in CW (Cascadia West), he “will spend the coming days reassessing his future and may very well -indeed perhaps likely- resign from the Senate.”
His former employee has charged that while working for Ranker during the 2010 legislative session she was subjected to regular sexual harassment from him. She said that when she rebuffed him he became increasingly hostile, and she ultimately decided to leave the job because of it.
However, she added, that she was still subjected to hostile encounters after accepting a position as a legislative liaison for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“I need to make it feel like it’s a safe environment without fear of retaliation,” Larson a reported for the Seattle Times. “I want women to know that there’s a process, that it’s a safe process.”
The CW sums it up by reporting that the core of #MeToo is being respected. She is being listened to. She is believed. The man she accuses of inappropriate behavior is contrite and compliant to the review. A process toward resolution is underway.
And, they add, directly or indirectly, a progressive voice has been diminished, likely silenced.
The Seattle Times has posted Details on the sexual harassment charges against Sen. Kevin Ranker, that were first reported by the Associated Press.