January 14, 2016

IT’S COME TO THIS: Ashe Schow: Marco Rubio Should Follow Bernie Sanders’ Lead On Campus Sexual Assault.

I’ve never considered myself a single-issue voter. In fact, I’ve always despised the idea that someone would choose a candidate based on a single issue – especially if it was a wedge issue unlikely to be a major concern for a politician.

That said, it was difficult when I realized that on the issue I write most about, campus sexual assault, Socialist (excuse me, Independent) Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was more in line with my views than Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

On Monday, Sanders told an audience at the Black and Brown Presidential Forum in Iowa that rape accusations on college campuses should be handled by law enforcement and not administrative bureaucracies, a sentiment I share. “Rape and assault is rape or assault whether it takes place on a campus or a dark street,” Sanders said. “If a student rapes another student it has got to be understood as a very serious crime, it has to get outside of the school and have a police investigation and that has to take place.” . . .

Rubio is the only GOP candidate that has seemingly taken a stance on this issue – and it is a bad one. He has co-sponsored a bill that codifies into law the overreach of the Education Department and ensures that accused students will not have a fair hearing. After the Campus Accountability and Safety Act was introduced in 2014, I sent questions to the sponsors of the bill asking about due process protections for accused students.

Rubio’s office was one of the few that responded. His spokesman told me: “This bill does not address this issue” when asked about due process.

Snookered by Schumer on immigration. Snookered by Gillibrand and McCaskill on the rights of college men. Or, worse — not snookered, but actually believing in this stuff.