Senate Dems call for Leach to resign amid preliminary sexual misconduct probe

Tony Romeo
June 10, 2019 - 5:38 pm
State Sen. Daylin Leach

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — State Sen. Daylin Leach remains defiant amid more calls for his resignation, following a preliminary report on an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him.

At a Capitol press conference Monday, state lawmakers urged action on policies to stop workplace harassment. Commonwealth Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm took the opportunity to call for Leach's resignation.

"Time’s up on allowing our elected officials to bully, harass, sexually demean and mock their colleagues. Time’s up for Daylin Leach," she said.

In December 2017, allegations surfaced accusing the Democrat, who represents parts of Delaware and Montgomery counties, of inappropriate touching and sexual misconduct.

Leach withdrew his bid for Congress at the time, but he has not resigned from his position as state senator — though many have called for him to do so.

Related: Leach steps down from Senate Judiciary Committee amid sexual assault allegations

The latest calls stem from a preliminary report of an inquiry commissioned by Senate Democrats. Leach refuses to resign, insisting that report exonerates him.

"(The report) said I told ill-advised jokes 11 years ago, before I was a senator," he said. "(The report) explicitly says that I’ve never done anything that was harassing or predatory or discriminatory or illegal or a violation of Senate rules."

But Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa claims the preliminary findings show "a lengthy pattern of troubling behavior spanning several years regarding Sen. Leach’s interactions with a number of women."

Costa did not say what action Democrats may seek if Leach does not resign.

"We’re waiting for a final report, and I think at that point in time we’ll have more things to say," he said.