Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who is currently campaigning for a Senate seat, has been accused by rival Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) of perpetuating a “repeated pattern of hostility toward women in the workplace.”
Daines dropped the bombshell during a debate with Bullock, and also accused the governor of allowing his campaign manager, Kevin O’Brien, to “sexually harass women under [his] watch.”
The highly contentious debate featured Daines going all-in against Bullock, attacking the governor over a number of serious allegations against himself and his staff.
Regarding O’Brien, Daines charged Bullock with enabling his former staffer’s bad behavior, claiming that “not only did he cover it up, but he got him a new job in a position of power with the mayor of New York City, de Blasio, where he victimized women again because Gov. Bullock chose not to warn his new employer.”
According to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), there are extensive allegations of inappropriate and hostile behavior towards women on Bullock’s part as well.
For instance, Bullock allegedly pushed out former state employee Wendie Fredrickson from her job because she threatened to expose fraudulent activities.
Bullock also allegedly refused to work with Elsie Arntzen, Montana’s female Superintendent of Public Instruction, because she is female. There are at least five other allegations of misconduct towards women leveled against Bullock on the record.
Montana GOP Chairman Don Kaltschmidt chimed in on Saturday:
After tonight’s debate, it’s no wonder Governor Bullock didn’t agree to a fourth debate with Senator Steve Daines — he doesn’t want to answer for his scandal-ridden administration. Montanans deserve answers from Governor Bullock on the mysterious resignation of former Lt. Gov. Angela McLean, his decision to cover up a former aide’s history of sexual harassment, and the monthly payments that total hundreds of thousands of dollars that he receives from his brother’s company after this company was awarded $14 million in state contracts.