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May 28, 2013

Accuser wants armed guard

The high stakes drama over the pending sexual harassment claims against Sen. Jack Latvala continued to escalate Monday as the Senate staffer making the allegations asked for a security guard and a special prosecutor and Latvala told reporters he wouldn’t step down as he defended against new claims that he is conducting a smear campaign.

moncler jacket sale “Why should I quit, leave town, when I didn’t do it?” a defiant Latvala told a select group of reporters in his Capitol office. moncler jacket sale

As he spoke, retired Judge Ronald moncler outlet V. Swanson continued his investigation into the allegations of Rachel Perrin Rogers, the chief legislative aide for Senate Republican Leader Wilton Simpson. Rogers filed a confidential complaint on Nov. 5, accusing Latvala of numerous instances of sexual harassment, from groping her in a crowded elevator to inappropriate touching in a bar.

moncler outlet sale Rogers publicly came forward last week after accusing Latvala of breaking the Senate confidentiality agreement. moncler outlet sale

In response to her harassment claim, the Senate hired Swanson to conduct an investigation and present a report to the Senate as early as this week.

Simpson, a Trilby egg farmer, had kept a low profile when Rogers kept her identity secret, but after Latvala produced text messages over the past two years that showed that he and Rogers had a friendly relationship, Simpson came out forcefully Monday, blasting Latvala’s tactics.

“Rachel has been a trusted and valued member of my team for more than five years,” Simpson said. “Her tireless work ethic has served the people of cheap moncler my district and the state of Florida well. The incidents alleged in the media are disgusting. Since mid last week there has been a smear campaign launched against Rachel. It must end immediately.”

cheap moncler outlet Latvala called the circumstances “unfortunate” but said he had no choice but moncler sale to ask people to sign affidavits attesting to his character and contradicting Rogers’ claims because many of her allegations rest on her word against his. cheap moncler outlet

“I’m in my 16th year here, and I’ve got to protect my own reputation,” Latvala said Moncler Outlet, adding that damage to cheap moncler coats his nascent campaign for governor “is done” but “I’m not monlcer down jackets going to admit to something I didn’t do.”The Republican senator from moncler outlet store Clearwater appeared confident as he detailed for reporters the defense his attorneys have presented to the special master in an effort to undercut Rogers’ credibility.

moncler sale “There are six allegations on the sheet and could they find probable cause under one or more of them? Maybe,” he said. “Because it’s he said, she said.” moncler sale

On Friday, Latvala’s attorneys attempted to raise moncler mens jackets doubts about Rogers by filing an affidavit with the special master from Lillian Tysinger, a 22 year old aide who worked with Rogers in the Senate Majority Office.

cheap moncler jackets sale Tysinger, a Stuart native, joined the office after working on the political campaigns of Senate President Joe Negron, and the 2016 Congressional campaign of his wife, Rebecca. cheap moncler jackets sale

cheap moncler jackets On the day Rogers made the complaint against Latvala, Negron reassigned moncler sale outlet Tysinger to the Senate president’s office and gave her a $11,000 salary reduction. cheap moncler jackets

moncler outlet Negron’s office gave no specific reason for Tysinger’s reassignment other than to say that the decision to reassign her “was cheap moncler sale an internal staffing decision unrelated to any allegation of sexual harassment.” moncler outlet

moncler factory outlet Latvala’s lawyer filed a whistleblower complaint with the Senate on behalf of Tysinger on Monday. moncler factory outlet

In her affidavit, Tysigner claimed that Rogers took an unusual interest in her mental health after moncler outlet online Tysigner’s grandfather died last spring, scheduling appointments on her behalf with a grief counselor and filling a prescription for medication without her consent.

Rogers told the Times/Herald that the text messages produced by Tysinger were “fake” and she called Tysinger “the mentally ill employee.”

moncler outlet online On Sunday, the News Service of Florida reported that Rogers’ attorney, moncler outlet sale Tiffany Cruz, wrote a letter to the Senate requesting an armed security guard for Rogers. moncler outlet online

Cruz said Rogers “does not feel safe with Lily Tysinger in the building and having access to her and her office in light of Ms. Tysinger’s past and present conduct.” Cruz later confirmed that request had been denied.

cheap moncler On Monday, Cruz asked Gov. Rick Scott to seek a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation against Latvala, suggesting that Leon County state attorney Jack Campbell and his staff had numerous conflicts. cheap moncler

moncler sale outlet Latvala said that he has not been asked to resign by any member of the Senate leadership, has not been approached to discuss a settlement and was confident that he would get a fair hearing from the Senate Rules Committee and the full Senate. But, he repeated, he will not step down. moncler sale outlet

“I’m going to go through this process here in this institution that I love and people are going to have to prove their case, and people are going to have to do it under oath,” he said. “I’m sorry if people think that’s unfair to the ‘victim’ [Latvala gestured quotation marks as he said the word victim] but frankly, I don’t think there is a victim in this case because the things that were described weren’t done.”

moncler jackets outlet When asked if he would use some of the $5 million in his political committee to seek retribution against those behind his cheap moncler outlet accusers https://www.moncleronlineoutlet.com , he didn’t answer. moncler jackets outlet

cheap moncler coats Since the complaint was filed Nov. 5 and Latvala voluntarily stepped down as chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate leaders have not returned his or his lawyers’ phone calls. cheap moncler coats

moncler outlet store “It’s like I don’t exist cheap moncler jackets here anymore,” he said. “I guess they’re doing that because of the legal liability.” moncler outlet store

moncler outlet uk Both Latvala and Rogers have both told the Times/Herald that whatever happens in the Senate, they expect additional legal action moncler outlet uk.

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