Cases of sexual misconduct are coming out as more victims come forward to tell their tales. The latest person to get caught up in this type of disturbing crime just so happens to be a senior member of the Democrat party.
CBS News reports that the Florida Democratic Party chairman resigned as of Friday due to allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior. Stephen Bittel decided to step down when four Democrat candidates for governor all claimed that he should step aside. As a result, the party sent out a tweet with a statement from Bittel attached. Bittel held his position since January of this year.
The statement deflected away from the allegations that Bittel was behaving inappropriately. Instead, he seemed to focus his attention on the accomplishments of the Democrats in Florida.
“When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside,” Bittel stated in his statement.
He continued, “I am proud of what we have built as a party and the wins we have had for Florida families, but I apologize for all who have felt uncomfortable during my tenure at the Democratic Party.”
Bittel then closed out the statement by saying, “I am working with our leadership to set the date for our party to elect my successor.” It is unknown who could take his place at this time.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former US Rep. Gwen Graham, and businessman Chris King all called for Bittel to step down when Politico broke the story of his misconduct.
The claims came from women who worked close to Bittel. They said that he would make faces at them, comment on their appearance — including their breasts — and would do other things that made them uncomfortable. Reports also state that he had a breast-shaped stress ball on his desk at work.
None of the women said that he touched them or assaulted them in any way. He did, however, make the environment uncomfortable for the women who worked with him by sexually harassing them.
“No one should have to work in an uncomfortable environment. Bittel’s behavior and atmosphere he has created is unacceptable,” Graham said in a statement, leading up to Bittel’s resignation.
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Graham explained that she called Bittel personally and asked him to resign following the allegations. The concern there appeared to be partially for the women who were left feeling like they were sexually harassed at work, and partially for the “well-being” of the Democrat party’s image in Florida. The realization that this unacceptable behavior called for swift action, and in that regard, they succeeded.
Bittel is just one of many prominent men to get called out for sexual harassment in the past couple of months. After world-famous Hollywood Democrat Harvey Weinstein was exposed, more women started coming out to tell their tales. We expect that there will be more cases like Bittel’s flooding to the forefront as more women come forward.