February 19, 1995 in Nation/World

Ex-Colleagues Defend Lowry

Associated Press

Gov. Mike Lowry’s Democratic congressional colleagues from his decade in the U.S. House are leaping to defend him from sexual harassment allegations.

Former Rep. Al Swift, D-Wash., who was in Washington, D.C., with Lowry for Lowry’s entire 10 years in Congress, said: “I can say unequivocally, I have never ever heard of such a thing. I was really pretty close to Mike and I never ever heard this.”

Swift, a former broadcaster, said the media’s handling of the matter makes him “froth at the mouth.”

“I think this thing is largely mediadriven,” he said. “This kind of thing is incredibly destructive to a political career. There is no way to defend yourself. From what I understand, the individuals involved didn’t pursue this, the media did.”

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the only incumbent member of the House delegation who overlapped with Lowry, said he was “very surprised” to read about the allegations.

“I worked with Mike Lowry. He has always been a committed individual for the poor and the needy of this country. He has always been an advocate for the people most in need in our society,” Dicks said.

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