Jeff Kruse

Oregon lawmaker accused of harassment says he won't resign

An Oregon state lawmaker accused of groping women defied calls to resign Wednesday after telling investigators his behavior was "instinctual" and hard to change.

Sen. Jeff Kruse, a Republican who represents the former timber town of Roseburg, was away from work as Gov. Kate Brown and other Democratic lawmakers urged him to step down a day after an investigative report detailed several allegations that he subjected two female senators to unwanted touching and gave lingering hugs to many woman.

The report included video showing him leaning in closely to a colleague and touching her in a Senate committee room.

"I have no plan to do anything different...