10/29/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Charlette Harris has been with the same woman for four years, has never been unfaithful, and is now pregnant. The pregnancy is unplanned for, and the result of what appears to be rape and she has charged it is GOP Wisconsin Secretary of State candidate David King that got her that way, after, according to Harris, King took her to lunch, got her drunk enough that she passed out, and then had sex with her at his apartment.
She has stated “now I’m pregnant. Everything’s not OK.”
A doctor has confirmed that Harris is pregnant, and she insists that there are no other possible fathers because, as she states, “I’m a lesbian. I’m gay. I’ve been with the same woman for four years.”
Harris says the two met because he got her a job at Buy Seasons in New Berlin. The company, which is an online costume retailer is also named in the suit.
Harris has named the company in the suit because “they allow him to do all their hiring. They allow him to do all their interviewing.”
Buy Seasons contends that King has never worked for them; however, he does voluntarily and informally recruit employees through the Wisconsin Seasonal Workforce Coalition. A spokesman for the company said “I don’t know why Buy Seasons is being named.”
King, for his part, issued a statement regarding this incident stating:
“There is not truth to these accusations and the timing of these accusations are apparently politically and financially motivated. Today politics in Wisconsin has slithered to a new gutter low but my faith, my friends and my family are with me and his rod and his staff comfort me. The truth will be told, my reputation will be restored and my mission will go forward.”
The allegations are at odds with the Christian image King presents on his website. According to his biography there, King became a pastor in 1996 and later established a prison ministry as well as a transitional home for single mothers.
King currently runs a street ministry and has been involved in the tea party movement. He speaks regularly at Christian functions around Milwaukee, where he is billed as Apostle David King.
Despite his connections to the church, King’s campaign has not been free of other controversy during this election cycle.
During a campaign speech for gun owners in August, King referred to Gov. Jim Doyle as a “crackhead.” King also filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and has several unpaid civil judgments as well as a nonprofit that is not registered with the state or federal government.
For her part, Harris has stated that these allegations are not politically motivated. She said “I’m not into politics at all. I haven’t voted in 10 years.” She is thirty-one now.
King’s opponent, current Secretary of State Doug La Follette, has said he has nothing to do with this lawsuit. The Republican Party of Wisconsin has no comment, and King is, so far, not under criminal investigation over Harris’ charges.
Of course, if King wants to restore his reputation, he could just have a paternity test and get it over with.