The chairman of the Florida Democratic Party is stepping down amid allegations of inappropriate habits towards ladies.
In a press release posted on the celebration’s Twitter account on Friday, Stephen Bittel mentioned that his “personal situation” had turn into a distraction for the celebration and that he felt it was time for him to “step aside.”
“I’m pleased with what we have now constructed as a Party and the wins we have now had for Florida households, however I apologize for all who’ve felt uncomfortable throughout my tenure on the Democratic Party,” he mentioned.
— Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) November 17, 2017
Bittel’s final day on the job shall be Monday and celebration vice chair Judy Mount will take over as interim chair, in line with the Orlando Sentinel.
His resignation got here after Politico reported on Thursday that six former feminine staffers and consultants had accused Bittel of making a “creepy” and uncomfortable work setting by making inappropriate remarks to ladies and alluring them to his home and on his personal jet.
Bittel apologized for his habits shortly after the report was revealed, saying he has “a lot to study” and vowing to “do higher” going ahead.
The allegations in opposition to Bittel got here as a variety of distinguished figures in politics, media, leisure and enterprise face accusations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate habits.
On Thursday, Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles morning present host, accused Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenIn a single day Tech: Senate panel subpoenaed ex-Yahoo chief | Twitter offers all customers 280 characters | FBI cannot entry Texas shooter’s cellphone | EU desires tax solutions from Apple Week forward: DHS nominee heads earlier than Senate | Ex-Yahoo chief to testify on hack | Senators dig into election safety Feinstein: Sessions ought to re-testify on Russia conferences MORE (D-Minn.) of forcibly kissing her and groping her whereas the 2 had been on a USO tour within the Middle East in 2006. Franken has apologized for his habits, and is dealing with calls from fellow lawmakers for an ethics investigation into his actions.
Numerous ladies have additionally accused Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of pursuing sexual or romantic relations with them whereas they had been youngsters and he was in his 30s. Dozens of GOP lawmakers and officers have referred to as on him to step apart within the Senate race, however Moore has to date resisted these calls. He has denied a lot of the allegations.