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Rape Survivor Calls on Fellow Democrat to Be Expelled from State Senate Over #MeToo Allegations

Katie Muth, a Democrat in the Pennsylvania state senate and a rape survivor, called on state Sen. Daylin Leach to be expelled from office over allegations of sexual misconduct.

By NTK Staff | 01.31.2019 @1:00pm
Rape Survivor Calls on Fellow Democrat to Be Expelled from State Senate Over #MeToo Allegations

In a rare move that is capturing national attention, one Democratic state senator is calling on an ethics committee to expel another from the Pennsylvania state senate after over accusations that state Sen. Daylin Leach “has used the power of his office to intimidate women who have accused him of sexual harassment or assault.” Both Democrats represent part of Montgomery County, just outside Philadelphia.

State Sen. Katie Muth, herself a rape survivor, took the “rare, if not unprecedented,” step of calling for Leach’s expulsion from the Senate, “contending that he has used the power of his office to intimidate women who have accused him of sexual harassment or assault.”

“His behavior is disturbing and unacceptable from a sitting elected official,” wrote Muth, who has spoken about her experience as a rape survivor and has in the past called on Leach to resign. “We must demand better of those we trust to act on behalf of this body as a voice for the people of Pennsylvania. That voice is loud and clear: this culture of rape … intimidation and reprehensible behavior must end.”

Leach not only denies the allegations, he took matters a step further. Through a spokesman, Leach publicly attacked Muth:

“It’s no surprise that Katie Muth has once again chosen to shamelessly and falsely attack Sen. Leach to further her own bald-faced political ambitions,” [Leach spokesman Frank] Keel said in a statement, later adding: “For any elected official — even a novice like Muth — to completely disregard someone’s right to due process is detestable.”

A December 2017 report by the Philadelphia Inquirer alleged that Leach “has for years engaged in questionable behavior with young female staffers and volunteers, from highly sexualized jokes and comments to touching they deemed inappropriate.”

But that’s not all. Pennsylvania’s senate Democrats hired an outside law firm to investigate allegations that in 1991, Leach lured a then-teenager into performing oral sex. At the time, he was representing the teenager’s mother at a private practice. He denies the allegations.

On Monday, Leach filed a defamation lawsuit against that now-44-year-old woman, Cara Taylor. He is also suing two #MeToo activists, whom he claimed, “knowingly spread and embellished false allegations.”

That lawsuit prompted Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D-Braddock) to call on Leach to resign immediately:

As for Muth, the woman calling on Leach to be expelled, Leach called her “a dreadful person” and “a toxic hand grenade” after she refused to appear with him at a campaign event in 2018.

Leach unsuccessfully ran for U.S. House in 2014, coming in a distant fourth place in the Democratic primary. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), then a state representative, went on to win the primary and the seat.

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