A political consultant hired to turn around the Senate campaign of a Connecticut Republican has sued for sexual harassment, alleging that August Wolf frequently referred to his penis, touched her inappropriately, and made racist and homophobic comments about staff members and others.
Samantha Menh alleges in her complaint that when she asked Wolf what he did for fun, he responded, “I have sex!” He asked her if she had ever been “sexually satisfied by a real man.” And he said that if he were elected to the Senate, he would need to put a taser on his genitals, “so I can stay awake.”
Menh is described in a 12-page Superior Court complaint as an “experienced consultant” in her 20s. She also alleges that Wolf, 54, broke federal and state campaign laws.
Wolf called the allegations “completely baseless,” in a statement published by a local Fox television affiliate.
“They are an obvious attempt by a former contractor to extort money at a critical time in the campaign,” the statement read. “I’m not going to tolerate it.”
Wolf is running for the seat occupied by Democratic incumbent Richard Blumenthal. The complaint was filed in Superior Court in Connecticut last week and first reported by local media Wednesday.
Wolf alleges that Menh’s attorney is a Democratic operative and her complaint is politically motivated.
When Menh was hired in March, she alleges, Wolf’s campaign was reeling from the firing and resignations of multiple staff members and interns. It was facing federal sanctions after it had failed to file finance reports. And the local Republican Party, concerned over reports about the alleged turmoil, was looking for alternative candidates.
Menh was promised at least $50,000, plus a 5 percent commission of all money the campaign raised, to help turn the campaign around. But, she alleges, she almost immediately noticed “sexually improper and abusive” behavior and violations of state and federal campaign laws.
Wolf also used sexually charged, racist and homophobic terms to describe members and former members of the staff and Wolf’s political opponents, Menh alleges.
The alleged campaign improprieties include late Federal Election Commission filings, illegal coordination with super PACs, improper use of campaign accounts, and the violation of state laws governing signature gathering for Wolf’s ballot petition.
Menh claims over $2.5 million in punitive and compensatory damages. Wolf, in his statement, vowed to “vigorously defend” himself.