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Incoming House Chief of Staff at Center of Sanders 2016 Campaign Harassment Allegations

Incoming House Chief of Staff at Center of Sanders 2016 Campaign Harassment Allegations

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is addressing allegations of sexism and harassment from former 2016 campaign staffers. The NYT on Wednesday reported that Giulianna Di Lauro, a Latino Outreach Strategist for Sanders’ campaign, told her supervisor Bill Velázquez, then a Manager on the Latino outreach team, about harassment by a campaign surrogate -- a Mexican game show host named Marco Antonio Regil. Di Lauro said Regil caressed her hair in a “sexual way” and continued to grab, touch, and “push my boundaries.” Velázquez, who is now the incoming Chief of Staff to Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), reportedly said, “I bet you would have liked it if he were younger” and then laughed. This interaction was witnessed and confirmed by another member of the Latino outreach team, Masha Mendieta. Velázquez said he doesn’t remember making the remark but claimed he then told his boss Arturo Carmona, another manager on the Latino outreach team and Deputy National Political Director, about the incident. He also said he sent Carmona a memo two weeks later detailing the incident and saying he believed Di Lauro. Carmona told the NYT he reported it to Sanders’ National Field Director, Rich Pelletier. The campaign committee claimed no one else on the leadership team above Pelletier knew about this incident until after the campaign. And this wasn’t the only incident involving Velázquez. Mendieta told the NYTshe complained to Velázquez and Pelletier about a campaign official who she said treated female staffers "like his personal assistants fetching things for him and doing his errands." He then reportedly told her she should basically excuse the behavior because the official was "macho." Velázquez said he did not remember making this comment either. Others have detailed their experiences with harassment, lewd comments, gender discrimination, and difficulty finding anyone to take their claims seriously in a Facebook group for campaign alumni. Sanders on Wednesday addressed the allegations, saying he knew nothing about them and that should he run in 2020, his campaign would do much better. The allegations gained national attention after more than two dozen women and men who worked on the 2016 presidential campaign sent a letter to Sanders and his top political advisors on Sunday requesting a meeting to “discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle.”

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