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Embattled Rick Nolan Resists Calls for Resignation Amid Scandal

Nolan fired a Capitol Hill staffer for sexual misconduct, only to rehire that same staffer the next year on his political campaign.

By NTK Staff | 07.30.2018 @11:15am
Embattled Rick Nolan Resists Calls for Resignation Amid Scandal

Seven elected officials from Duluth, Minn. and several activist groups, have called for Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) to resign, after a MinnPost story revealed that Nolan rehired a man fired from his Washington, D.C. congressional office in 2015 for sexual misconduct.

Nolan remains defiant, however, beating back calls for his resignation and reiterating his belief that he did nothing wrong, according to a St. Paul Pioneer Press report.

“Absolutely not,” Nolan, DFL-Minnesota, told the News Tribune when asked if he would step down. “I haven’t done anything wrong for which I should.”

Nolan became embroiled in scandal following the July 19 release of a MinnPost expose detailing his support for a longtime legislative aide, Jim Swiderski, who is accused of sexually harassing multiple women — including groping one — in 2015 in Nolan’s Washington, D.C. office. Swiderski was let go by Nolan’s federal office, only to be rehired the next year by Nolan’s 8th Congressional District re-election campaign.

“If I had it to do over I would have done that differently,” Nolan said, affirming he believed Swiderski should not have been given a second chance within orbit of the congressman.

Perhaps underlining how out of touch he is on the issue, Nolan pointed to a standing ovation he received at an annual convention for the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council as evidence of his support.

“I got a standing ovation,” Nolan said, according to the Pioneer Press. “That makes you feel good. People are standing by you. I’m grateful.”

To those who are calling for his resignation, Nolan said “they have no idea what was going on in my campaign office or my official office.”

Nolan said he believes he did the right thing by twice firing Swiderski, but didn’t have much to say about Swiderski’s re-hiring for his 2016 campaign after allegations were leveled against the staffer.

When asked about a going-away party that was thrown for Swiderski, Nolan said, “I heard there was a little going away party with a cake. I didn’t buy any cake. I didn’t organize any going away party.”

Nolan announced earlier this year that he would not run for reelection, and is instead running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with the state’s Attorney General, Lori Swanson.

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