ICYMI: Manendo harassment probe hurts Ford’s future

"The majority leader’s delayed and timid rebukes of Manendo scream that Ford put his political objectives above timely justice for women who allege they were victimized by a man in power."

"On its new microsite RadicalAaronFord.com, the Republican Attorneys General Association hits on the most plausible explanation for Ford’s inaction: Ford needed Manendo’s vote to accomplish his legislative goals."

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford was willing to put his short term political interests ahead of his responsibility to protect victims of sexual harassment, an unconscionable decision disqualifying Ford from being a credible candidate for attorney general. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal reports

"Sexual harassment allegations against state Sen. Mark Manendo are going to hurt the political career of Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford.

"Ford thinks Manendo engaged “in conduct that I believe to be unbefitting of a senator,” hence the verbal admonishment. But Ford also thinks Manendo may be so guilty — “once the investigation commenced, more allegations came forward, which meant it would take more time to complete the inquiry” — that there wasn’t time for Ford to take decisive action. Now that the 2017 session is over, the Senate can’t expel or censure Manendo.

"This is like having evidence that someone committed robbery, but deciding to let the statute of limitations run out because you’re investigating accusations that the suspect committed a dozen other crimes.

"It’s not a pretty picture for Ford, who’s expected to run for attorney general — Nevada’s top law enforcement position — in 2018.

"On its new microsite RadicalAaronFord.com, the Republican Attorneys General Association hits on the most plausible explanation for Ford’s inaction: Ford needed Manendo’s vote to accomplish his legislative goals."

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