Candidate Accused Of Assault By Ex-Staffer

( )- A former staffer for Iowa Democrat Senate candidate Mike Franken allegedly accused the candidate of assault, according to a redacted police report from earlier this year.

Kimberley Strope-Boggus, who worked for both of Franken’s Senate campaigns, alleged that a man (whose name is redacted) forcibly kissed her after a business meeting at a Des Moines pub in March.

Although Franken isn’t named in the report, the description of her work relationship with the accused makes it clear her accusations were made again Franken.

While the Franken campaign did not deny the Democrat candidate was the unidentified man, the campaign and the candidate have said the allegations are false.

Franken admitted to the Des Moines Register that he did have a beer with Strope-Boggus on the evening in question, but he denied forcibly kissing her.

Last week at a campaign event, Franken said the incident never happened and blamed Republicans for rehashing the allegations as a way to smear him ahead of the November election.

The incident report filed in April concluded there was “insufficient information and evidence to pursue a criminal investigation.”

In a statement to the Washington Examiner, Franken campaign manager Julie Stauch said the allegations were false. Stauch reiterated that both the Des Moines Police Department and the Polk County Attorney’s Office “found no wrongdoing and closed the case as unfounded.”

In the redacted report, Strope-Boggus alleged that such behavior, which she described as “1950s interactions with women,” was typical of Franken, alleging he treated other women similarly. She accused Franken of believing that “kissing and hugging women is part of his charm.”

Franken is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Chuck Grassley who has been in the Senate since 1981. Real Clear Politics has ranked the race “Safe GOP” and projected Grassley will hold the seat.