Less than 24 hours after allegations that state Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware) physically and sexually assaulted two women over the last 6 years lawmakers have begun calling for his resignation.
Governor Tom Wolf continued his strong stance against lawmakers accused for sexual harassment, calling on Miccarelli to resign.
“This situation is made even worse by the fact that these women reportedly did not feel they could come forward without negative consequences, personally and professionally. As I have said before, this is not acceptable anywhere, especially in our state Capitol,” Wolf said according to the Patriot News.
Eight state House Democrats put out a statement hours after the allegations surfaced expressing their empathy with the victims and strongly come out against lawmakers accused of such actions.
“We want to express our empathy and support to the victims and thank them for their courage. Anyone accused of a credible violation like this should resign their position,” state Reps. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia), Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery), Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia), Patty Kim (D-Dauphin), Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia), Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware), Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh), and Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) said in a joint statement.
The state Democratic Party, and the Delaware County Democratic Party both added their calls for Miccarelli’s resignation.
“No one should ever endure this type of abuse perpetrated by anyone let alone an elected public. Given the allegations and his non-responsive blanket denials to them, the Representative should resign immediately,” Pa. Dems Chairman Jack Hanna said.
“Delaware County voters are betrayed today, not just by Representative Miccarelli, but by any elected or Republican Party official who knew of these allegations and said nothing while re-elections came and went. I call on Nick Miccarelli to resign immediately,” Delaware County Democratic Party Chairman David Landau said.
Miccarelli has strongly denied the accusations. The investigation by state House leadership is ongoing.