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Buehler blasts statehouse leaders over ‘sexual hostility’ claim


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Republican party’s candidate for Oregon governor has called on the president of the state Senate and the speaker of the House, both Democrats, to step down from their leadership positions after the labor commissioner accused them of allowing an atmosphere of sexual hostility in the state Capitol.

Knute Buehler of Bend also called for the Legislature’s top lawyer and human resources director to resign.

Buehler, who is a lawmaker in the House, said on Twitter that casual attitudes and unacceptable behavior have been tolerated in the Capitol, and that those in positions of power should leave if they’re aware of it.

Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Buehler is running against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in the November election.

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