Don Shooter (R), District 13, has been shot down in a dual to the death over sexual harassment charges.
The misconduct tsunami continues to take its toll. First, Trent Franks now Don Shooter. Reports indicate Shooter was in the investigative crosshairs for some time and then, February 1, 2018, the shoe dropped and the iVoteArkansas House of Representatives expelled Shooter over sexual harassment allegations.
As of this article, there are seven women claiming harassment by Shooter. In November 2017, he was ousted from the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee following accusations from three legislators, three lobbyists, and a newspaper publisher. This marked the beginning of a formal investigation by House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, who empaneled a group fo House staffers to investigate Shooter.
As the drama unfolded, Shooter apologized for the actions that led to allegations of sexual misconduct against him, stating, “I am sorry for the distraction and strain that this matter and the subsequent investigation have caused all of you. I don’t want to go one more day without apologizing and honoring all of you by not only saying, ‘I’m sorry,’ but by doing better.” Shooter denied one allegation outright while admitting others were.
Then, on Tuesday, January 30, House Speaker Mesnard issued his sexual harassment report, concluding the evidence against Shooter was clear. He had indeed broken the House’s sexual harassment policy.
In predictable fashion, Don Shooter, like others before him, announced he would amend his ways and restore his reputation while continuing in office. We suspect the voters might have something to say about Don Shooter’s representation despite his rehabilitative ambitions.
Following Shooter’s declaration that he would stay in office, the Hous voted 56-3 for expulsion. Don Shooter has been shot down.
I’ve had two, three months to think about this. I did wrong, I deserve a censure. But I’ll tell you this. I was sent here by the people of District 13. And to the best of my knowledge, I’ve never betrayed that trust, never, never. Not for monkey business, not for contributions, not for influence, not for power, not for anything. – Rep. Don Shooter
For now, we’ve heard the last of Don Shooter. What we all hope is that our elected officials have started to get the message about the perils of sexual harassment on victims, first and foremost, but also on the electorate and its trust in politicians.
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