Rep. Wilson asks House Rules Chair to resign, citing sexual harassment case
A representative from the North Pole is asking House Rules Chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux to resign.
Republican representative Tammie Wilson claims LeDoux failed to take action in a sexual harassment complaint made by a staffer last spring.
In a press release sent Friday morning, Wilson says she sent a request to LeDoux on December 20 requesting a third-party investigation into all sexual harassment complaints, including the one made by the staff member last March. She claims her inaction last spring likely allowed more people to be victimized. Which incident and legislator she is referring to is unclear at this point.
Rep. LeDoux’s office released a statement Friday afternoon. It read, in part:
I have no intention of resigning because I have done nothing wrong. I welcome the national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace and will use every power at my disposal to ensure that harassment is not tolerated in the Alaska Legislature. This is not an issue that should be politized, but that’s exactly what Rep. Wilson is doing. Rather than playing politics, House leadership is responding forcefully to the issue of harassment by updating our policy, and encouraging anyone who has been the victim of harassment to come forward.
All legislative employees will begin mandatory sexual harassment training January 8. The regular Legislative session begins January 16.
The mandatory training follows the resignation of Democratic Rep. Dean Westlake of Kiana. Several women accused Westlake of sexual misconduct, saying he made unwelcome advances. He resigned saying his ability to serve his constituents has been diminished.