Bernie Sanders continues to take hits over allegations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign, supporters of the Vermont independent are planning almost 400 events across all 50 states Saturday to back another White House run. But now, the Opposition Democratic camp has also hit the headlines for something similar.
Robert Becker - who oversaw Sanders' campaign in Iowa and, as deputy national field director, subsequently lead the senator's efforts in California, Michigan and NY - allegedly approached the 20-year-old female staffer later that night and grabbed her wrists before forcibly kissing her, the woman and three additional sources cited by Politico claim. Sanders denied knowing about the settlement to reporters. It was also reported by Politico that Becker, 50 then, had told the young woman in front of other people that he always wanted to have sex with her.
"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", she said.
"It just really sucks because no one ever held him accountable, and he kept pushing and pushing and seeing how much he could get away with", the woman said. This can't happen in 2020.
Becker has been conducting unaffiliated Sanders campaign work in recent months, which included calling potential staffers and traveling to early primary states to prepare for a possible presidential run.
Sanders has been on the defensive for weeks while he mulls another presidential bid, as several former campaign staffers have made allegations of sexual misconduct and pay disparity.
'To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize. "And of course, if I run, we will do better next time". Rather, Weaver told CNN, he'd serve as "a strategic adviser that needs to deal with some of the 30,000-foot issues as opposed to the management of a day-to-day campaign".
But Sanders has refused to take action, she said. Sanders also said he wasn't aware of a reported $30,000 USA settlement to resolve a discrimination claim against his 2016 campaign. He did tout the work done on his 2018 Senate reelection campaign, which "established some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country".
"It now appears that as part of our campaign there were some women who were harassed or mistreated", Sanders wrote in a message he tweeted out Thursday afternoon to his almost 9 million followers.
"To be clear: No one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign", the group added.
Sanders had apologised before, albeit not in such a comprehensive fashion.
"Clearly we need a cultural revolution in this country to change workplace attitudes and behavior", Sanders wrote on Thursday.