A top campaign staffer for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign was fired last week after reports of “inappropriate behavior.”
Rich McDaniel, who was Warren’s national organizing director, left the campaign sometime last week, according to a Warren spokesperson.
“Over the past two weeks, senior campaign leadership received multiple complaints regarding inappropriate behavior by Rich McDaniel,” Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communication director, told Politico. “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,” Orthman added.
Politico added that there were no reports of outright sexual harassment, but the campaign would not reveal the exact charges against McDaniel over matters of confidentiality.
McDaniel released a statement reaffirming his “respect” for Warren.
“I have separated from the campaign and am no longer serving as National Organizing Director,” McDaniel said. “I have tremendous respect for my colleagues despite any disagreements we may have had and believe departing at this time is in the best interest of both parties.”
“I would never intentionally engage in any behavior inconsistent with the campaign or my own values,” McDaniel added. “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.”
The Warren campaign’s investigation into the accusations was led by attorney Kate Kimpel of KK Advising, reported Politico. The employment and anti-discrimination litigator is most well-known for co-founding Ramona Strategies, a female-owned company that specializes in sexual harassment cases.
Warren issued a statement of her own:
It is really hard for anyone to come forward with a complaint or with a concern and the people who did that showed incredible courage and I am deeply grateful to them. When I first set up this campaign, we put in place a procedure to deal with problems and in this case, we followed that procedure, we resolved the issue in a very short period of time, and I stand by the process that we put in place
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