Tennessee state lawmaker resigns after harassment allegations

From The Hill:

Tennessee state Rep. Scotty Campbell, a leading GOP member of the Tennessee House of Representatives who voted to expel three Democratic lawmakers from the chamber earlier this month, resigned on Thursday amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to an ethics subcommittee memo obtained by NewsChannel 5 Nashville, the vice chair of the House Republican Caucus was found last month to have violated the legislative body’s policy on workplace discrimination and harassment. 

“I had consensual, adult conversations with two adults off property,” Campbell told the outlet, adding, “If I choose to talk to any intern in the future, it will be recorded.”

CBS adds:

Campbell stayed in office following the ethics finding, and on April 6 voted to expel Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson and Gloria Johnson for “violating the rules of decorum” for the House.

Johnson called Campbell’s ethics violation “horrendous” in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

“Yet if you talk without permission, you get expulsion resolutions,” she added.

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