Governor says Louisiana's secretary of state should resign
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling on his state's top elections officer to step down after the man was accused of sexually harassing an employee.
The Democratic governor said Republican Secretary of State Tom Schedler "should immediately resign his position."
Edwards commented Wednesday, a week after a lawsuit filed against Schedler accused him of sexually harassing an employee for years and punishing her after she rebuffed repeated advances.
Schedler responded by saying he and his accuser had a "consensual sexual relationship." The woman's lawyer denied that claim.
The governor cited "the number of specific and serious allegations in the lawsuit and the fact that he has admitted to conduct that by definition is sexual harassment."
One of Edwards' top aides resigned in November amid sexual harassment allegations.
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