Governor Lamont speaks out about allegations surrounding Joe Biden

New Haven

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been hit with allegations of inappropriately touching women. Now, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is speaking out.

Gov. Lamont said, “I think Joe’s got a 40-year record of serving his country and people know Joe Biden pretty well, so take a look at the accusations, pay attention to them, but I think people have a good sense of who he is as a man and public servant.”

In 2009, Amy Lappos was a staffer for Congressman Jim Himes. She was invited to a fundraiser in Greenwich and met Biden.

She said the encounter made her feel uneasy. 

Lappos explained, “He reached over, put his hands behind my head and pulled me close, and I thought ‘he is going to kiss me.'”

She told News 8 when former Nevada Congresswoman Lucy Flores came forward with allegations against Biden, she wanted to tell her story.

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Biden issued a statement about the Flores controversy, which read:

“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”

Lappos said, “That is not where we should be setting the bar. As a progressive party, we need to set the bar where the bar needs to be and that is that men respect the personal space of women.”

Attorney Catlin Wells, the Title IX coordinator at Quinnipiac University, said sexual harassment means the conduct is unwanted. 

Wells added, “In trying to make a determination as to how your conduct would be perceived, there are a lot of things that go into that. Your relationship with the other person, potential power dynamics as well as the space in which that conduct is occurring.” 

Wells said anybody who believes they’ve experienced harassment should report it. 

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