On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Washington Senate Democrats announced that they have suspended an investigation into rape allegations against state Sen. Joe Fain.

Fain – who lost his reelection bid in November to Mona Das by 981 votes – was accused of a 2007 rape by Candace Faber of Seattle.

In a statement to Senate Republicans, Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, said:

“Yes, we embrace the word ‘survivor’ in referring to Ms. Faber and women like her, women who have the courage to come forward despite knowing they will face the might of institutions not likely to believe them. Just as Senator Fain deserves the benefit of the doubt, a fair and thorough investigation, and to be treated respectfully throughout the process, so too does Ms. Faber.

“It is discouraging to hear the Republican Caucus has viewed this process as a partisan one, considering the extraordinary efforts undertaken in selecting an appropriate investigator to ensure this is not the case,” McCoy said. “The Secretary of the Senate vetted numerous candidates from a variety of backgrounds, many suggested by your own caucus. All had the experience and background necessary to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation. As of today, the Minority Leader has refused to approve any of them.”

Fain’s term officially expires on Noon on Jan. 14, 2019.