Krueger-Braneky calls on Rep. Nick Miccarelli to resign from House following sexual assault revelations
HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, on Thursday released the following statement regarding Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware:
“I am sickened by the report by the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Caucus that Representative Nick Miccarelli has been accused of sexually assaulting women.
“Anytime an accusation this serious in nature is made, it is imperative that we alert all women working in the state Capitol, who would otherwise be unwittingly in proximity to an alleged sexual predator. As I have stated before, the women legislators, staff, and interns of the General Assembly deserve better than to find out in the newspaper that a prominent elected official has a concerning history of sexual assault or harassment allegations. The public deserves to know when elected officials have abused their power, period -- especially when the allegation is criminal in nature.
“This is just another example of why we need a fair and transparent system to address complaints of sexual harassment. Both survivors said they remained silent for years because they feared speaking up would threaten their careers and possibly their lives. That is not the first time that we’ve heard about fear of retaliation from survivors who work in this state Capitol. Right now, there are four different processes for four different legislative caucuses, and ultimately political leaders in each Caucus usually get to decide how complaints are handled. This is not a victim-centered approach. That is why I have introduced House Bill 1965, or the #METOO Act, which would create an independent Office of Compliance and require that an independent investigator follow up on any complaint made by a staffer in the state capitol. We need due process for the accused, but it’s also time to end the culture of fear, take politics out of the process, and stand with victims. This is part of a full package of bills introduced by women of the House and Senate.
“Representative Miccarelli has betrayed the trust of his colleagues in the General Assembly and the constituents of the 162nd legislative District in Delaware County. Additionally, he appears to be a threat to the safety of the women in the state Capitol. Top House leaders have launched an investigation, which they have said they expect to complete by the end of this week. If these allegations are true, I am calling on Nick Miccarelli to resign from the Pennsylvania House, effective immediately. Further, I am also calling on House leaders of both caucuses to take swift action to ensure Representative Miccarelli is not armed during his remaining time in the state Capitol.
“To the survivor who reached out to a Republican legislator to share her story and never heard back, I say this: we believe you. To every person in this Capitol who has been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, we will fight for you. And to every person in this Capitol who is a perpetrator, time’s up. It is time to end the culture of fear and harassment that has gone on for way too long. We say enough.”