Sanders' 2016 Campaign Boss Won't Reprise the Role in 2020
Sanders' 2016 Campaign Boss Won't Reprise the Role in 2020
Bernie Sanders apologizes amid new harassment allegations against staffers
11 January, 2019, 08:28
Sen. Bernie Sandersapologized Thursday following multiple reports of women who were sexually harassed or assaulted by one of his staffers during his 2016 presidential bid. "I intend in every way to be actively involved in that process", Sanders wrote.
The Vermont independent said on Capitol Hill that the alleged misconduct by male aides "was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about".
"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", the woman said. "Our standards and safeguards were inadequate".
According to POLITICO, Mr. Becker "oversaw Sanders' Iowa campaign, then helped lead his efforts in Michigan, California and NY as deputy national field director" and has reportedly started calling former staffers to prep for Sanders' potential 2020 run over the past few months.
Sanders said he was not aware of the harassment allegations against his advisor Robert Becker until they were reported in Politico.
The unnamed accuser said she never reported the alleged incident because it came on the same day that Mr Sanders' campaign ended after he failed to snatch the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton.
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The accuser said she did not alert higher-ups on the campaign team about the incident due to the campaign being over. "You can't run for President of the United States unless you acknowledge that every campaign demands a safe work environment for every employee and volunteer", the woman continued.
In his initial response this month to female campaign aides who had come forward about their harassment, Sanders told CNN he didn't know about the allegations in 2016 because "I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case".
The New York Times has also reported on multiple claims of mistreatment against female Sanders campaign aides by senior male officials. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Binghamton, New York, on April 11, 2016.
Weaver is a longtime Sanders ally who served as chief of staff during Sanders' tenure in the U.S. House and later in the Senate.
"We are addressing what happened on the Bernie campaign but as people that work in this space we see that all campaigns are extremely risky to women and marginalized people and we are attempting to fix that", the campaign staffers wrote.
Sanders is one of several Democrats who have announced or are likely to announce a presidential bid. Sen. Though the allegations against Sanders' campaign are far-reaching, the issue of sexual harassment has been pervasive across the political spectrum and beyond, as brought to light in the wake of the Me Too movement.
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