Latvala colleague calling for senator to step down

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By: Capitol News Service
December 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- A colleague is now calling on Florida State Senator Jack Latvala to resign.

Latvala is accused of sexual harassment. 35-year-old Rachel Perrin Rogers filed a complaint against the senator and provided several text messages between her and Latvala.

Flagler County State Senator Travis Hutson, a fellow Republican, now says Latvala should resign before he "burns the senate down."

Last week, Governor Rick Scott called the situation distracting, saying "It seems that everyone in Tallahassee is talking about this and not how to make Florida better."

Latvala has denied the allegations, saying the claims are political because he's running for governor.

The alleged victim is requesting a special prosecutor to investigate the claims.

The Florida Democratic Party also called for Latvala's resignation. Spokeswoman Johanna Cervone issued the following statement Tuesday:

"Jack Latvala's behavior is unacceptable and there is no place for it in our government or our state. Using a position of power to harass, touch, demean and pressure women—or anyone else— is wrong, plain and simple. Now, Latvala's smear campaign against Rachel Perrin Rogers has resulted in her needing armed security. He must resign.

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