Senate candidate August Wolf faces sexual harassment suit
STAMFORD – A former campaign worker for Republican U.S. Senate candidate August Wolf has filed a lawsuit alleging that Wolf engaged in sexual harassment by making unwanted sexual advances toward her and created a hostile work environment.
She also claims the campaign violated election laws.
Samantha Menh, of Stamford, is a political consultant who said in her suit that she was hired in March as a senior advisor and finance director for Wolf’s campaign to unseat Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Wolf’s campaign at that point had already been through at least two campaign teams, according to a civil lawsuit filed in Stamford Superior Court Wednesday.
The lawsuit claims, among other things, that Wolf constantly made inappropriate sexual remarks and once physically blocked Menh from leaving the office.
Wolf, who failed to get enough delegate support at the Republican convention last month, is seeking to gather signatures order to force a primary against the party’s nominee, state Rep. Dan Carter of Bethel.
Wolf released the following statement:
“I was shocked and appalled by the outrageous claims made in this lawsuit. I did not and would never engage in this type of behavior and neither would anyone on the campaign. The allegations are completely baseless. They are an obvious attempt by a former contractor to extort money at a critical time in the campaign, which she did over the last 5 days. I’m not going to tolerate it. I am going to defend this vigorously. It is no coincidence that the attorney representing Mrs. Menh is a democrat operative and fundraiser. It shows the lengths the Democrats will go to stop me from beating Richard Blumenthal. All of them are completely baseless. The allegations concerning fundraising and signature collection are ridiculous The campaign has followed the letter of the law in respect to fundraising and petitioning. Any claims to the contrary are untrue. The reality is Mrs. Menh was struggling in her work due to poor organizational skills, reckless decision making, and unethical professional and personal behavior. We attempted to resolve these issues and keep her on the staff, yet she voluntarily tendered her resignation. We engaged Ms. Menh with great hopes; we are very sad to see it end this way.”
Read the lawsuit here.