Women Named in Heitkamp’s Ad: She Has Not Apologized to Me & She Has Lost My Vote Women Named in Heitkamp’s Ad: She Has Not Apologized to Me & She Has Lost My Vote – NTK Network

Women Named in Heitkamp’s Ad: She Has Not Apologized to Me & She Has Lost My Vote

"I do plan on voting. But, I'm definitely going to have to do my research," Zhorela said. "As of right now, she definitely lost my vote."

By NTK Staff | 10.18.2018 @11:17am

Lexi Zhorela, whose name was used in Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-ND) campaign ad of sexual assault survivors without her permission, said that Heitkamp has not apologized to her personally yet and that there is nothing Heitkamp can do to fix the situation. She added that she would not be voting for Heitkamp during an interview on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Heitkamp’s campaign published a letter in a local newspaper attacking her Republican opponent. The letter was signed by sexual assault survivors, but as it turns out, many of the women did not authorize their names to appear on the letter.

CNN’s Erica Hill asked Zhorela whether Heitkamp has personally apologized to her.

“No, she has not,” Zhorela said.

Hill then asked Zhorela what Heitkamp can do to fix what she had done.

“You know the damage has kind of already been done,” Zhorela said.

Zhorela then explained to Hill how she never made the choice to come out as a survivor of a sexual assault, but rather that decision was made for her by Heitkamp. She said it was a decision she’s going to have to live with forever.

“I don’t know what she can do to make it better,” Zhorela added.

Hill asked Zhorela, who said she had planned on voting for Heitkamp, whether that was still the case.

“I do plan on voting. But, I’m definitely going to have to do my research,” Zhorela said. “As of right now, she definitely lost my vote.”

At this point, Heitkamp’s campaign informed CNN during the interview that Heitkamp would eventually be reaching out to everyone named in the letter to personally apologize.

Zhorela explained that it had been almost 48 hours since she was told this, and she still had not heard from the campaign.

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