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Democrat, Washington (House-1965-1978; Senate-1987-1992)
The Honorable Brock Adams was accused by Kari Tupper, the daughter of long-time friends of his, of sexually assaulting her in July 1987. She reported the incident to the Washington, D.C., police. She said the Adams had drugged her and molested her at his home. The case was not prosecuted, despite the police recommendation to do so.
To get ahead of the story, Adams called a press conference and accused Tupper of harassment and extortion. There were hints that the 25-year-old was mentally unfit, that she had political motivations. It was all part of a whisper campaign to discredit her.
Kari Tupper was not alone. Eight women, according to the Seattle Times, described in great detail the sexual harassment and abuse (even one rape) by Adams over the years. Their stories were told independently, and corroborated by friends and family. After the story broke, Adams decided to drop out of the re-election race.
Adams was liberal, pro-choice, good on women's issues. And women's groups had a tough time denouncing him.
Adams' excuse: the allegations of Tupper and others were "politically inspired" and "created out of whole cloth by people who hated me." (Click here for other examples of "Lyin' Through Their Teeth").
Adams is a member of the Congressional Sexual Harassment Caucus.
[All this sound familiar? Check out Bob Packwood].
Seattle Times: "The real tragedy of the Brock Adams story is that women with little clout were sacrificed for what was seen as the greater good--a voting record and the reputation of a powerful, public man."
Sources: Mindy Cameron, "Denial, Deceit Doomed Brock Adams," Seattle Times, March 8, 1992, A14; Dana Priest, "Adams Sage Tied to a Larger Debate; Issue of How Some Powerful Men Treat Women Returns to Spotlight," Washington Post, March 3, 1992, A3.