EXCLUSIVE: After 5 girls made accusations of sexual harassment towards one in all Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s 2018 marketing campaign consultants, a Democratic operative who has ties to many high-profile folks within the social gathering, the congresswoman condemned the guide in a press release to Fox Information.
“The conduct and occasions described within the accusations towards T.J. Bucholz are reprehensible. I commend the braveness of all the ladies who’ve shared their painful expertise working for and with T.J. Bucholz,” Tlaib mentioned in a press release.
“My marketing campaign ended involvement with T.J. Bucholz and Vanguard Public Affairs in December 2019 for unrelated causes,” Tlaib continued. “My marketing campaign workforce and I weren’t conscious of any accusations towards T.J. Bucholz throughout our contractual relationship, and would have ended our ties instantly if we had identified of any allegations.”
Activist and guide Emily Dievendorf detailed Bucholz’s alleged harassment in a Fb publish on March 18, prompting extra girls to return ahead.
“On different days he would name me over to his desk and ask me to take a look at his telephone. On it have been footage of his spouse in a bikini. He would pepper me with questions on whether or not I believed she was engaging and whether or not I’d have a threesome with them. He would inform me that he had already introduced this up along with her and he or she was all for it,” Dievendorf mentioned.
One other staffer mentioned Bucholz threatened to photoshop her in a “sexually compromised place” if she ever left Vanguard Public Affairs, in keeping with the Washington Free Beacon.
Bucholz’s alma mater, Central Michigan College, mentioned it’s chopping ties along with his agency and positioned a workers member who could have identified in regards to the harassment on administrative go away pending an investigation, MLive.com reported.
Tlaib’s marketing campaign paid Bucholz’s agency greater than $21,000 in 2018 and greater than $5,000 in 2019, in keeping with FEC filings first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
Tlaib tweeted at Bucholz and Vanguard after her 2018 victory.
“Could not have completed it with out you!” she wrote.
“The Levin marketing campaign ended our relationship with Vanguard years in the past,” a marketing campaign spokeswoman instructed Fox Information in a press release. “Rep. Levin was actually unhappy to find out about what was taking place. He admires the bravery of all the ladies who got here ahead and hopes we’re coming into a brand new period the place girls in politics and in Lansing are revered and luxuriate in safer workplaces free from discrimination.”
Fox Information’ inquiry to Vanguard Public Affairs was not returned on the time of publication.
Fox Information’ Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.