Ohio House candidate sued for sexual harassment

A woman says Tom Ganley offered her $100 for lingerie and to join him and his friends at a condominium

Published October 1, 2010 7:41PM (EDT)

A Cleveland woman has sued a Republican U.S. House candidate in Ohio, alleging he propositioned her and groped her after she tried to volunteer for his campaign.

The 39-year-old woman said in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County court that Tom Ganley offered her a $100 bill to buy lingerie and encouraged her to join him and his friends at a condominium.

The lawsuit alleges Ganley, a car salesman, tried to force himself on the woman during an August 2009 meeting in his car dealership office.

Ganley is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton in a closely watched race nationally.

Messages were left Friday for Ganley at his campaign headquarters and for two Ganley attorneys. Attorney Steven Dever told The Plain Dealer the charges were extortion and motivated by politics.

His campaign says in a statement that Ganley is known as an upstanding citizen and businessman.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

By Associated Press

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