Republican Politicians Are in Hot Water


On Jan. 16, 2017, Christopher Von Keyserling, a Republican politician from Connecticut, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Minnesota, Mark S. Fox was arrested and accused of possession of 23 marijuana plants.

Christopher Von Keyserling

Von Keyserling, who is over 70-years-old, is one of two Republicans in hot water this week. He reportedly had a political argument with a woman on Dec. 8, in the hallway of a town facility. The name of the establishment and the woman is not presently being released. The woman was uncertain on whether or not she wanted to report the incident because she feared the Republican officer would retaliate against her and she did not know what the public would think of her. However, she learned that the politician had done something similar to other women. A recording from the company security camera captured the entire incident backing up her account of the story.

On the day of the disagreement, the woman upon seeing him in the hallway exclaimed that people today had dramatically changed how they view certain events and situations. He then replied to her that he loved this new way of thinking because he did not have to worry about political correctness anymore. She then replied, “if you are glad about it, then I can not support you.”

He became upset calling her a “Bloodsucking union member.” Then he followed her into her office telling her he needed to have a word with another employee, but that employee did not wish to speak with them and left the room. The victimized woman began to exit as well, and at this time Von Keyserling grabbed her from behind in her private area and pinched her. She told the Republican she would hit him if he attempted to do it again. He was not intimidated and replied, it would be his word in contrast to her word and everyone would believe him not her.

The Republican politician was able to post a bond of 2,500 dollars and must appear in court on Jan. 25. His attorney stated that his client made a playful expression in front of others and calling it sexual assault was not accurate.

Mark S. Fox

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Star Tribune reported that Fox, who is a Republican party officer for a state Senate, had been arrested and charged with two felony drug counts on Monday, Jan. 9. The first charge is for possession of 23 marijuana plants and the second for several guns.  Fox had a grow operation in his home in Minn. He posted his bond and was ordered to appear in court on Jan. 12.

During the search of the Republican politician’s home police found the nearly two dozens marijuana plants were just one part of a growing operation. Also seized from his home were a .357 revolver, a bolt-action rifle, and over 4,500 dollars in cash along with little plastic bags of marijuana. Moreover, police found a third of an ounce of Hashish.

This Republican is currently the treasurer for the party’s state Senate District 60, which consists of the University of Minnesota and the northeast section of the state, which is where Fox currently resides. Fox’s job with the Republican party is just one of several being contested at its convention later on this month. Kayla Fossen, the GOP chair for the district, says she will make certain to inform everyone in attendance of Fox’s current legal situation if he attempts to keep his post as the treasurer.

Fox has been the treasurer for the GOP state Senate for almost a decade. He joined his local citizen patrol about the same time. However, Fox was not elected to a city council seat when he ran in 2009 and 2013.

These latest incidents, of Republican trouble, add more division in an already wounded GOP. So far, there no comments from top Republican leaders, including President Donald J. Trump have been released.

By Katherine Miller
Edited by Cathy Milne


Time: Politician Arrested for Pinching Woman’s Genitals, ‘Said He No Longer Had to be Politically Correct.’
Greenwich Time: Von Keyserling, RTM member, arrested on criminal charge
Star Tribune: Police find pot-growing operation in Mpls home of officer for Republican party

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