Top 2016 Sanders Adviser Accused of Forcibly Kissing Female Staffer

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Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator's main campaign committee, said Becker would not be a part of any future campaigns in response to the allegation against him.

Becker denies the allegation.

Robert Becker - who oversaw Sanders' campaign in Iowa and, as deputy national field director, subsequently lead the senator's efforts in California, Michigan and NY - allegedly approached the 20-year-old female staffer later that night and grabbed her wrists before forcibly kissing her, the woman and three additional sources cited by Politico claim.

The woman did not formally report the incident at the time, but was prompted to speak out after Becker, who is reportedly not on Sanders' payroll, "has been calling potential staffers and traveling to early primary states to prepare for another presidential run - activities that Sanders' top aides did not endorse, but did not disavow, either".

Weaver is a longtime Sanders ally who served as chief of staff during Sanders' tenure in the U.S. House and later in the Senate. This can't happen in 2020.


"Every woman in this country who goes to work today or tomorrow has the right to make sure that she is working in an environment that is free of harassment, which is safe and which is comfortable". He said he considered the allegation to be credible. They added: "To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign". But Jeff Weaver, who ran Sanders' 2016 campaign, stressed then that Becker was not doing so in an official capacity as he "doesn't work for the campaign because there is no campaign". They called Becker's alleged behavior "deplorable and fundamentally unacceptable". He also denied knowing about a discrimination settlement reached with his campaign that was disclosed in a Politico story. Becker, however, said he was just tasked with reviewing "potentially questionable or damaging social media posts of potential hires". "My singular concern during this entire process was to assess whether an individual would be an outstanding political organizer-no other factors played into our hiring decisions".

Allegations of sexual harassment on the 2016 Sanders campaign have been an issue for the potential 2020 candidate in recent weeks.

Sanders has been plagued with rumors over his mistreatment of females staffers during his 2016 campaign, as highlighted in a New York Times piece published Wednesday.

Sen. Sanders addressed the allegations on CNN in a manner that some regarded as dismissive. "I apologize", Sanders tweeted on Thursday.

The news comes after the New York Times reported that women who worked on the 2016 campaign experienced sexism, were paid less than male counterparts and were ignored when they reported unwanted sexual advances made by a Sanders surrogate on the campaign trail.

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