Woman who accused Trump of sexual misconduct is running for office


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A woman who accused the president of kissing her without her consent announced Monday she's running for office in Ohio. During an interview with Megyn Kelly previous year, Crooks said she was 22 and working at the Trump Tower when Trump "held onto" her hand "kept kissing" her.

She told Cosmopolitan that she wants to be a voice for Americans upset with politics as usual.

If Crooks wins the nomination of the Democratic Party in the May primary race, she will face off against Assistant Majority Whip Rep. Bill Reineke.

As he has with other charges of unwanted sexual advances, Trump has denied Crooks's claims. She told the New York Times, "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that". She told Cosmopolitan she was urged to run by members of Seneca County Rising, a liberal resistance group in the area. As an elected official, she wants "to help create more jobs, ensure access to affordable health care, and fix the state's education system", Cosmopolitan reported. Now, with Trump in the White House, Crooks was back in the public realm, pushing for a congressional investigation into the president's behavior.

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"It was so inappropriate", Ms Crooks said at the time. She's now entered the race for state legislature in Ohio's 88th District.

She now works as a college recruiter in Ohio. "I think if you can empathize with others, you can possibly reach common ground". She is campaigning for Ohio's House District 88, a rural area outside Toledo now occupied by two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Reineke. She said she believes that her decision to run could benefit women and the movement that has just sprung. "Once I sat down and mulled it over, I felt like it really was a duty that I had, that I should take on this responsibility firsthand and try to make a difference for other people".

"I think like a lot of women, because we've been historically underrepresented in politics, I didn't necessarily see myself in this role", she says.

With a campaign that seeks to focus on job creation, access to affordable health care and improving the state's education system at a time when charter schools are afforded almost $1 billion a year, she's looking to unseat two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Reineke in Ohio's 88th District - territory that went for the "erratic and ineffective" Trump, who allegedly forced himself upon her when she offered him a handshake.