Lawyer: Accused senator hopes to stay in office, House race 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator who is the subject of allegations published by The Philadelphia Inquirer that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides hopes to continue serving in office.

Sen. Daylin Leach’s lawyer also said late Sunday night that Leach, a Democrat, wants to continue his campaign for a Republican-held congressional seat in Philadelphia’s suburbs.

The Inquirer quoted former party, campaign and legislative aides, some anonymously, who accused the 56-year-old of behavior ranging from making sexualized jokes and comments to touching they considered inappropriate.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf called for Leach to resign within hours of the Inquirer publishing the story Sunday.

In a statement , Leach blames the accusations on an unnamed political opponent and denies he’s ever inappropriately touched women.

Leach has been a state lawmaker since 2003.

 

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