On the heels of reports by the The New York Times and Politico on claims of pay disparity,  sexism and toxic masculinity by staffers working on Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign comes a new article from Politico outlining sexual harassment and sexual assault allegedly committed by Robert Becker, described as a former top aide to Sanders and a deputy national field director for the campaign.

There is an Arkansas connection. The article quotes former national LGBTQ outreach director Sarah Scanlon, who also served as state director here for the Bernie Sanders campaign and is a past Arkansas Times guest columnist, as claiming that the allegations against Becker are an effort to “kneecap” Sanders in 2020.