The Latest: Swanson calls ex-staffer with allegations a liar
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on allegations that Minnesota gubernatorial hopeful Lori Swanson pressured employees to help her political ambitions while serving as attorney general (all times local):
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says the former employee who says she pressured staffers to perform political work is a liar.
Swanson and her campaign struck back Friday against the account from D’Andre Norman, who worked in Swanson’s office from 2006 to 2014. The latest accusations came to light just days ahead of a three-way Democratic primary for governor, in which Swanson is running.
Norman told The Intercept he was asked to recruit employees for political events on Swanson’s behalf, suggesting their careers could benefit. Swanson referred to Norman as a low-level employee whom she never asked for political help.
She says any employees who helped her did so on their own time and calls the allegations dirty politics.
Democrat Lori Swanson’s campaign for Minnesota governor is being hit by late accusations that she pressured staffers in her office to perform political work.
D’Andre Norman, a former staffer in Swanson’s attorney general office, told The Intercept he spent years rounding up office staffers to volunteer for Swanson. Norman was a dispute resolution mediator from 2006 until he was fired in 2014.
Norman says he recruited employees by suggesting their careers would benefit. His account comes days after The Intercept published allegations by several unidentified staffers that they were pressured to volunteer for Swanson.
Ben Wogsland, a spokesman in the attorney general’s office, says Norman was never authorized to pressure staffers to do political work and that any employees who worked for Swanson did so voluntarily on their own time.
Swanson is one of three Democrats vying in Tuesday’s primary.