Roughly six years ago, as the #MeToo movement gathered steam, a credible allegation of sexual misconduct could end a political career.

Al Franken, a U.S. senator of Minnesota, was forced to resign. A Democratic colleague in the House, John Conyers of Michigan, was forced out days earlier. Three Republican congressmen also stepped down: Blake Farenthold of Texas, Trent Franks of Arizona, and Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania.

The potency of a #MeToo allegation remained as recently as 2021, when Andrew…

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