As Americans around the country have kept their attention on the developing situation taking place in Washington D.C. wondering what the answer to the million dollar question will be in regards to whether or not Christine Blasey Ford will testify in front of the senate, a lesser well known situation has been taking place in Minnesota. After allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Minnesota state representative Jim Knoblach, he quickly brought his political aspirations of a successful re-election to a fast and immediate end. Unlike Judge Brett Kavanaugh who has chosen to defend himself against the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, Jim Knoblach made the decision that he would not publicly push back against the allegations that have been made against him. The accusations of sexual misconduct that attack the character of Jim Knoblach come from some place much closer than the allegations that Judge Brett Kavanaugh currently faces. That is because, the allegations that Jim Knoblach has found himself attacked with come from inside the house of Knoblach itself. The accuser is none other than his own adult daughter.
The announcement that Republican Jim Knoblach was bringing his political aspirations of a successful re-election was made hours after his attorney, Susan Gaertner, claimed that her client was not guilty of the sexual misconduct that his daughter has recently accused him of. She announced that her client veteran lawmaker Jim Knoblach has no desire to put his family through six weeks of hell.
The 23 year old daughter of Republican Jim Knoblach has recently disclosed to Minnesota Public Radio that her father has been inappropriately touching her for most of her life. The abuse that she has had to survive from the hands of her father started when she was 9 years old, and continued until the time she turned 21 years old. For over a decade she informed family members, friends, authority figures at her church and school about what her father would do to her. The sexual misconduct that she says her father subjected her to include kissing, licking, and biting her ears.
In a recent statement Jim Knoblach has made it known that these allegations are “indescribably hurtful” and at this point in his life it is more important to him that he works on trying to help his family heal during this difficult time instead of trying to run a successful re-election campaign. In his written statement Republican Jim Knoblach said, “I love my children more than anything, and would never do anything to hurt them. Her allegations are false. I and other family members have made repeated attempts to reconcile with her in recent years, but she has refused.”
The timing of the Republican Jim Knoblach’s departure comes at a very sensitive time for Republicans in Minnesota since his seat is already a spot that is coveted by the states Democrats. Without some sort of legal intervention by the courts or a Republican write in candidate being successful at winning the election there is little chance that Republicans will be able to prevent Democrats from succeeding at taking the recently vacated seat that Jim Koblach’s departure has left vulnerable. It should be noted that with circumstances being what they are despite the hardship that they now face the decision that Jim Knoblach made to bring his political career to an end is supported by state Republicans including Minnesota House speaker Kurt Daudt.
As sickening as these allegations that Laura Knoblach made against her father it should be noted that the St. Cloud Police Department and Sherburne County sheriff’s opened an official investigation last year. Despite opening an investigation for an unknown reason the authorities handling the investigation declined to file charges against Jim Knoblach. Without proof that her father some how used his position to interfere in the investigation that took place last year then the only fair thing to do would be to assume that the authorities did not find anything or if they did find something it was not enough to be able to form a case worth pursuing. In fact documentation that was provided to the Minnesota Public Radio contains a letter from the Sherburne county attorney’s office that said there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jim Knoblach had committed a crime. With no other means that she could use to bring herself justice Laura Knoblach took the allegations that she has made against her father to the Minnesota Public Radio and provided them with extensive documentation that she has made several attempts to get help.
According to the testimony of Laura Knobach her father would come into her room. He would climb into bed and lay down behind her. She told the public radio station that he would place his arm around her and not allow her to get up while he would lick at her neck and bite at her ear. The attacks that her father subjected her to happened so often and frequently that it became a defining part of their father daughter relationship. There were other instances of sexual misconduct where he would encounter her in the kitchen and press his body against her from behind. He would use his body weight to pin her against the refrigerator or dishwasher and keep her from getting away.
In his statement where he announced that he was bringing his political career to an immediate end because he wished to work on his family Jim Knoblach said, “our daughter has been estranged from our family for some time. In late 2016 she made some extremely hurtful and untrue accusations on a Facebook post, which was briefly put up and then taken down. These accusations were fully investigated by Sherburne county, dismissed, and the case closed in April 2017.”
Since sharing her story about what her father Jim Knoblach has been doing to her, Laura Knoblach has expressed mixed feelings of a heavy heart and a great weight being taken off her shoulders. We can only hope that with time she will be able to receive the help and treatment that she needs to heal from such a long and intense situation with a father who broke the most important trust that any daughter is supposed to have in this world. If a girl can’t trust her own father, what man can she trust?