CLEVELAND: A Cleveland woman has sued a candidate for a U.S. congressional seat in northeastern Ohio, alleging the candidate propositioned her and groped her after she tried to volunteer for his campaign.
The 39-year-old woman said in a lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Thursday that Tom Ganley offered her a $100 bill to buy lingerie and encouraged her to join him and his friends at a condominium.
The lawsuit alleges Ganley tried to force himself on the woman, who had approached Ganley about volunteering for his campaign.
Ganley, a well-known northern Ohio car salesman, is a Republican trying to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton in northeast Ohio.
A message was left with Ganley attorney Steven Dever, who told the Plain Dealer the charges were extortion and motivated by politics.