Elizabeth Warren campaign fires senior staffer over allegations of 'inappropriate behaviour'

Campaign says outside counsel was hired to investigate allegations

Clark Mindock
New York
Friday 04 October 2019 17:17
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Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has fired its senior organising director, after multiple allegations of inappropriate behaviour were reported.

The firing of Rich McDaniel, first reported by POLITICO, was confirmed by the campaign on Friday, following what the campaign has described as an investigation into the matter.

“Over the past two weeks, senior campaign leadership received multiple complaints regarding inappropriate behaviour by Rich McDaniel,” campaign spokesperson Kristen Orthman told POLITICO in a statement Friday morning.

The statement continued: “Over the same time period, the campaign retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. Based on the results of the investigation, the campaign determined that his reported conduct was inconsistent with its values and that he could not be a part of the campaign moving forward.”

A source told POLITICO that there were not reports of sexual assault, but further details were not immediately available.

Mr McDaniel told the political news agency that he "would never intentionally engage in any behaviour inconsistent with the campaign or my own values. If others feel that I have, I understand it is important to listen even when you disagree. I wish the campaign and my colleagues well."

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