Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Trump Accuser Rachel Crooks Announces Run for Office

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Theresa Hayes | 07 February, 2018, 11:31

After coming forward as one of the many women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, Rachel Crooks is seeking a position within the OH legislature.

According to an article in Cosmopolitan magazine, 35-year-old Rachel Crooks is running for the Ohio State Legislature.

"What I've learned working, especially with global students, is just understanding different perspectives", she said.

When Crooks was 22 and working in Trump Tower in NY, she said she met the real estate mogul for the first time outside an elevator in his office building.

She told Cosmopolitan, "I think my voice should have been heard then, and I'll still fight for it to be heard now".

With the support of Ohio's Democratic Party, Crooks could win the Democratic primary in May, which would then put her in the position of challenging incumbent state Rep. Bill Reineke, a Republican.

Trump has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Crooks, who said she never considered running for office before Trump's election, told Cosmo that she has been inspired herself by the groundswell of women leading the resistance against Trump.

"Women are uniting", says Crooks. She accused the president of forcibly kissing her when she worked as a receptionist in Trump Tower in 2005.

"I think I've read and seen about as negative of things as I can about myself", Crooks says regarding the backlash she faced when she first spoke out against the then-candidate. She is building her platform around job growth, access to affordable health care and education reform. The district voted for Trump in 2016, but went for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012. "But multiple people encouraged and said, 'I think you would be great.' ... Once I sat down and mulled it over, I felt like it really was a duty that I had, that I should take on this responsibility firsthand and try to make a difference for other people".

The seat is now held by Republican Bill Reineke. She adds her name to the record number of women candidates in 2018, the next step of the feminist wave that began with the Women's March a year ago.

But Ms Crooks says she isn't anxious about hearing from her detractors, telling Cosmopolitan: "I think I've read and seen about as negative of things as I can about myself". She said she believes that her decision to run could benefit women and the movement that has just sprung.

"It was so inappropriate", Ms Crooks said at the time.