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8 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 8, 1995

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Packwood
accusers
celebrate
resignation
Newsday
WASHINGTON - Gena Hutton
didn't make it home in time to watch her
harasser's resignation speech on televi-
sion, but that didn't stop her from cel-
ebrating.
"He finally did it!" a gleeful Hutton
said from her Eugene, Ore., home yester-
day after Bob Packwood announced he
was quitting the Senate. "It's finally over!"
From the women who filed sexual
harassment complaints against
Packwood, to their attorneys, to
women's organizations, as well as other
senators, news of the Packwood's res-
ignation was greeted by loud cheers
and moments of somber reflection.
"Certainly it's the egregious nature of
this case; the conduct that Sen. Packwood
is (accused of) ... would have been un-
acceptable at the time Christopher Co-
lumbus discovered America," said Sen.
Richard Bryan (D-Nev.).
For Hutton, who told the Senate Eth-
ics Committee that Packwood force-
fully kissed her outside a Eugene res-
taurant while she was a campaign vol-
unteer in 1980, Packwood stepping
down brings closure to a lengthy, emo-
tionally painful process.
"I'm sorry he didn't do it sooner,"
Hutton said. "He could have saved Or-
egonians and the entire country a lot of
grief. This is the best of all possible
scenarios that I would have thought of:
Be expelled or resign."
Packwood's departure surprised Jean
McMahon, who was applying for ajob
with the senator when, she charged, he
kissed and grabbed her in an Oregon
motel room in 1976.
"I'm still amazed that he would do it
after three years," McMahon said of
Packwood's departure. "I'm not the
slightest bit sorry. What he did was an
affront against human beings, denying
what he did time after time again."
In Portland, Ore., lawyers who repre-
sent other women who told of unwanted
advances by Packwood gathered around
a television set and burst into shouts
and cheers as Packwood delivered his
announcement on the Senate floor.
"I'm very, very satisfied," said
McKanna, who represented Cecilia
Lighthill. "It's been a long time, and a
long time in coming. But this is a just
result."
But not everyone was celebrating the
endofPackwood'scareer.JaenetteFruen,

AP PHOTO
Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) leaves the Senate television gallery after Interviews.
"It's a time to be thoughtful of our own
behaviors."
"While this is not a cause for celebra-
tion, there is a sense of satisfaction,"
said Patricia Ireland, president of the
National Organization for Women, not-
ing that Packwood was a longtime sup-
porter of women's issues.
Ireland praised the Senate for ad-
dressing "an abuse of power" but chas-
tised it for not holding public hearings
on the allegations against Packwood.
"Without them, he pan go around
and say he was unable to confront his
\ accusers, and that's unfortunate," she

said.
Bryan argued that the impact ofcom-
mittee recommendation was clear. It
"should send a message to every woman
in America that the United States Sen-
ate recognizes that this kind of conduct
is intolerable and will exercise the ulti-
mate sanction."
Hutton said the end of the Packwood
case has a wider impact as a victory in
the war against sexual harassment in
the workplace.
"It sends an incredibly strong mes-
sage for people in the workplace that
people in position of power cannot
manipulate people in lesser positions."

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executivedirectorofPortland's Women's
Legal Advocacy Fund, which provided
free legal assistance to those who filed
complaints against the senator, said yes-
terday was "not a time of elation."
"I think it's a real sad time," she said.

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