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Sen. Jack Latvala removed from budget position following sexual harassment allegations

Latvala denies accusations, "totally fabricated"
Posted at 5:12 PM, Nov 06, 2017

The sexual harassment allegations against Senator Jack Latvala come from six different women who worked as lobbyists and legislative staff with both political parties.

Politico first reported the claims, which describe the married Clearwater Republican touching women's breasts and buttocks, rubbing one woman's leg and asking "what would he get" if he voted one way or the other on a bill.

The Politico story also cited an allegation from Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz. It stated that he witnessed Latvala sitting in a booth with a "young lobbyist" and used his size to block her from leaving.

Latvala has dismissed the story as "fake news" and calls the accusations: "totally fabricated," promising to clear his name.

The allegations against Latvala follows a scandal filled week in the state capitol with senate minority leader Jeff Clemens resigning from his seat after admitting he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

Days later, reports surfaced that FDLE launched an investigation after a hidden camera was discovered in the hallway of the condo building where several lawmakers live in Tallahassee.

One of those lawmakers was Jack Latvala, who was reportedly caught on that same camera kissing a female lobbyist on the lips. Both parties have since said they are just friends.

The general counsel of the State Senate and what amounts to the HR of the Florida legislature will now investigate the sexual harassment claims against Senator Latvala.

Latvala says he has no plans to quit his campaign for Governor.