Wisconsin Democrat, refused to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations, loses primary

Wisconsin state REP Josh Zepnick lost the primaries in his bid for re-election Tuesday. He is accused of two women, the behavior of sexual misconduct.

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A Wisconsin state representative who was accused of sexual misconduct by several women of the Democratic primary, lost Tuesday in his bid for re-election.

REP Josh Zepnick lost Tuesday’s primary to Marisabel Cabrera, an immigration lawyer, with the support of EMILY’s List.

Zepnick was removed by legislative bodies in December, and was not allowed to meet privately with other Assembly Democrats after he was accused of kissing two women against their will for political events in 2011 and 2015. Both women claimed he was drunk when he kissed you, without your consent.

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz called on him to resign. Instead, Zepnick ran for re-election.

Zepnick, who was first elected in 2002, apologized for his behavior and blamed it on alcoholism, WISN-TV reported. He was also arrested for drunk driving in 2015.

State REP Josh Zepnick, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2015. He blamed alcohol on his behaviour with women after two accused him kiss you without permission to various political events.

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Of the allegations, Zepnick don’t say, “I believe that what is happening in essence, over a period of five seconds should define in my life to serve my whole career, let alone me not be able.”


He said the allegations against him were moves “and changed.”

Cabrera actor Zepnick who is not as “sexual harassers” in the location, an office in the Assembly. They also called Zepnick defense and dealing with the accusations “offensive.”

“I don’t think that should define what happens in the material over a period of five seconds in my life to serve my whole career, let alone me not be able.”

State REP Josh Zepnick

“His behavior is a confirmation that it is go time for him,” said Cabrera, who said also against the Zepnick in 2016, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“It’s actually something that affects women all your life – it is not an easy path,” she continued. “It is offensive that his immediate reaction was to blame it on the alcohol. It is even more offensive, after he passed the incidents, and apologized, he would have to challenge the women’s credibility. And it is outrageous that he would suggest that there is some sort of 5-second-rule on sexual assault.”


Zepnick conceded the race and said he wishes Cabrera, as well as the Journal Sentinel reported.

To represent “I am grateful to have had the opportunity, in this district for 16 years … And I’m proud of the work I have achieved,” he told the newspaper. “I can’t go back and change my error. But three years ago, I went into recovery and was sober. And I was sober.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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