SEATTLE (AP) — A spokesman for Senate leadership says that that the chamber’s Facilities and Operations Committee will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss hiring an outside investigator to investigate a 2007 rape allegation made against Republican Sen. Joe Fain, who held a slim lead over his Democratic opponent, Mona Das, in his re-election bid. Aaron Wasser, communications director for the Senate Democrats, said the decision was made earlier to hire the investigator if Fain was ahead or tied on election night. Fain was ahead by less than 100 votes in updated ballot totals Wednesday. If he ultimately loses, the investigator won’t be hired, Wasser said.
In September, Candace Faber tweeted that Fain raped her the night she graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Fain, who denied the allegation, was not in office at the time at the time of the alleged assault. Faber said she was inspired to publicly speak out as she watched the televised allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Fain, 37, was first elected to the Washington state Senate in 2010, three years after the alleged incident. He is a moderate Republican from the Seattle suburb of Auburn and currently the state Senate minority floor leader.