Governor Tom Wolf called for state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone’s (D-Berks) resignation after it was reported House Democrats paid $250k to settle a sexual harassment claim against him. Others have begun adding their calls for his resignation as well.
“Verbal and physical harassment is flat-out wrong, whether towards an employee or any other person. Rep. Caltagirone should resign,” Wolf said according to the Patriot News.
It was revealed on Tuesday that the House Democratic Caucus paid $248,000 from their budget to settle a sexual harassment claim against Caltagirone.
Earlier this week Wolf called for the resignation of state Sen. Daylin Leach in light of allegations of sexual harassment against him.
State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), who is running for Lieutenant Governor, also called for the resignation of Caltagirone, and for the reimbursement of the money used to settle the claims.
“I call on Rep. Caltagirone and Sheriff Williams—and any other elected official that has used taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment suits—to resign immediately and to reimburse the taxpayers,” Dean said in a statement.
The state House reportedly paid out $30,000 to settle a claim against Williams while he was in the House, he is now the Philadelphia Sheriff.
Update: State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware) added her name to the list of those calling for Caltagirone’s resignation.
“The women legislators, staff, and interns of the General Assembly deserve better than to find out in the newspaper that a prominent elected official has a concerning history of harassment claims against him,” Krueger-Braneky said.
“With a solemn and heavy heart, I must join Governor Tom Wolf in calling on Representative Caltagirone to resign from the Pennsylvania House, effective immediately.”