After reports of sexual harassment emerged over the weekend against state Senator Daylin Leach, more people are joining in calls for him to resign his seat in the Senate, including state Reps. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware) and Patty Kim (D-Dauphin), and Lieutenant Governor candidate Aryanna Berringer.
Leach was accused of overly sexual comments to campaign and legislative aides and inappropriate touching on at least two occasions.
Governor Tom Wolf reacted quickly to the allegations, calling for Leach to resign.
Lieutenant Governor candidate Aryanna Berringer joined Wolf’s call early Monday morning in a press release calling for Leach’s resignation. PoliticsPA has reached out to the other Lieutenant Governor campaigns for comment on this story.
“Based upon recent reports from multiple female staffers, Senator Daylin Leach must resign not only his elected position, but he should end his campaign for Congress as well,” Berringer said.
Update: State Rep. Madeleine Dean, who is also running for Lieutenant Governor also called for Leach’s resignation.
“(Leach’s) decision to make light of these allegations and to publicly belittle the character of women who come forward can not be tolerated, and for this reason, it is time for the Senator to step down,” Dean said in a statement.
Lancaster County Commissioner and Lieutenant Governor candidate Craig Lehman said that Leach should resign if the allegations are true.
“If true, State Senator Daylin Leach’s pattern of inappropriately touching women in a work environment is unacceptable. Any elected official guilty of such behavior should resign,” Lehman told PoliticsPA.
Leach announced yesterday he would be “taking a step back” from his campaign for Congress.
Krueger-Braneky called for Leach’s resignation as well, saying the “allegations are disturbing, and Senator Leach’s reactions to the Inquirer’s report and subsequent #MeToo stories are deeply alarming.”
“Attempting to attack the character of the women in the article, as well as those who have come forward with stories since it broke, is conduct well beyond the pale for an elected official. That is why I am calling on Daylin Leach to resign from the Pennsylvania Senate, effective immediately,” Krueger-Braneky said.
Kim agreed with Krueger-Braneky in an interview with the Patriot News.
“I have empathy for those women. And that (Leach’s reaction) was a red flag for me,” Kim said to the Patriot News.