A Republican Alabama Senate candidate is refusing to apologize for his actions when he allegedly grabbed a female staffer’s breasts and attempted to kiss her in the hallway of a hotel in October 2016.
Geraldine Page, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, announced Monday that she would not seek re-election to the seat vacated by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Page, the former chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party, told reporters that she believes her actions were “inappropriate” and that she “made a mistake.”
“I am sorry for what I did,” Page said.
“I will not allow this to happen again.
I’m going to be a lot more sensitive about what I do in the future.”
A few weeks after the incident, Page was the subject of a Twitter post by a woman who claimed to have witnessed the incident.
The woman, whose name was not released, claimed that Page “grabbed my breasts and then attempted to touch me on the lips and put his hands on me and kiss me,” according to a video that surfaced last month.
“This was not consensual,” Page told ABC News in an interview.
“It was a sexual assault.”
After the alleged assault, Page reportedly sought help from her own campaign staff, which included her daughter, and was later fired from her position as chairwoman.
She said she believes the incident occurred as she was trying to secure a hotel room for her campaign event.
“When I saw the situation, I knew I needed to make some changes,” Page, 70, said.
“I think this incident happened because of my handling of the situation.
I think I was more sensitive and tried to make sure that I was a better candidate for the office, and I made a mistake.
I made an inappropriate sexual advance on a woman, and that’s why I am resigning.””
As I have said before, this is not about me.
This is not an attack on women.
This isn’t about me as a man,” Page added.
“This is about protecting the Republican Party and our country from a Democrat that is unfit for office.”
“If a woman asks me if I’m a man, I say, ‘No, I’m not.'”‘
I will never let this happen again’Republican women are expected to make up just about a third of the U.A.C.E. primary electorate, and Republican lawmakers have been criticized for their handling of sexual harassment allegations against GOP lawmakers.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on sexual misconduct allegations against the president in December.