Governor Supports Senate Investigation Into Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Misconduct

DES MOINES, Iowa –Governor Kim Reynolds backs a Statehouse investigation into the legislator accused by three women of sexual misconduct before he got into office.

Senator Nate Boulton, a Democrat from Des Moines, said Monday that he would not resign and blamed binge drinking in the past for some of his inappropriate behavior.  The allegations made public in May already led Boulton to end his bid for governor. 

Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen previously called on Boulton to resign and threatened an internal investigation into the allegations, which could lead to a vote from the senate to force Boulton out of office.

The governor backs the senate to investigation Boulton.

“He should have resigned,” Governor Reynolds said Wednesday, “They were pretty adamant in what they thought should take place when they were talking about other issues of sexual harassment and so I think they have an obligation to act.”

The governor suggested that, along with the investigation, Democrats could strip Boulton of committee assignments as punishment.