A woman running for Michigan’s attorney general has a simple recommendation for those tired of elected officials sexually harassing their employees — elect more women.
“If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we need more women in positions of power, not less,” said Dana Nessel, a Democrat, in a new campaign ad. “So when you’re choosing Michigan’s next attorney general, ask yourself this: Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? Is it the candidate who doesn’t have a penis? I’d say so.”
“I want to tell you what you can expect me not to do,” she added. “I will not sexually harass my staff, and I won’t tolerate it in your workplace either. I won’t walk around in a half-open bathrobe, and I’ll continue to take all sex crimes seriously just like I did as a prosecutor.”
Nessel, who in her work as a lawyer famously won the case that ended Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, revealed to The Washington Post that she had been warned against running by political analysts who are afraid that a potentially “all-female ticket” for the Democratic party in Michigan would be unable to unseat incumbent Republican men in the posts of governor, secretary of state and attorney general. In her campaign ad, Nessel hit back against that notion.
“Yes, I’m a woman,” she says. “That’s not a liability, that’s an asset … Pundits and insiders are asking, ‘Can we afford to have a female governor, a female attorney general, and a female secretary of state? Well, I read the news, and I bet you do too. And it has me wondering: Can we afford not to?”
Watch the ad below.