#MeToo campaign hits Democratic candidate for Oregon House

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Calls for a Democrat running for the Oregon Legislature to drop out of the race have intensified after a young woman accused him of groping her, and he responded by saying she’s a substance abuser.

Nathan Boddie, a member of the Bend City Council, is the Democratic nominee running for the House seat being vacated by a Republican who is the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate in the November election. Fellow city council member Sally Russell urged Boddie on Monday to drop out of the House race and resign from the council. She said his effort to impugn his accuser’s character is unconscionable.

The campaign arm of Oregon House Democrats earlier withdrew its support of Boddie, saying it received a complaint that he engaged in sexist behavior and used an anti-gay slur.