A woman outed as a victim of sexual assault in an open letter sent by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) to her Republican challenger rebuked the Senator for her publicity stunt in an interview with CNN.
“I would like to ask her . . . how something so reckless and so careless could’ve happened. I still don’t understand how it could have happened — how you could take somebody else’s name without their consent and plaster it all over, wherever you want, just for what? Political gain?” asked Lexi Zhorela, whom Heitkamp exploited in her letter to Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).
Heitkamp has promised to personally apologize to all of the victims, but has Zhorela said that she has not received an apology.
“I don’t know what she could do that would make it better,” Zhorela said. “I know that’s why a lot of the people in this situation are reaching out to seek legal counsel because of, you know, what she did is wrong.”
Zhorela, who self-identifies as a liberal, also said that she will not vote for Heitkamp in November.
“As of right now, she definitely lost my vote,” Zhorela said.
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