‘There is no office that is immune from this kind of behavior…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a 2020 presidential hopeful, said she was unaware of the sexual harassment scandal involving her former top aide, Larry Wallace, blaming the size of her office as the reason why she hadn’t heard about it.
Wallace began working for Harris when she was district attorney of San Francisco, and Harris brought him in as a top aide when she entered the U.S. Senate.
The state of California later paid the woman a $400,000 settlement.
The woman, Wallace’s executive assistant, said Wallace kept his printer under his desk and forced her to crawl under the desk to put paper in it while she was wearing skirts and dresses.
He refused to move the printer out from under the desk despite her requests, and ordered her to change the paper in the printer while there were other men watching in his office, the woman said.
“It was a very painful experience to know that something could happen in one’s office—of almost 5,000 people, granted—but that I didn’t know about it,” Harris told CNN. “That being said, I take full responsibility for anything that has happened in my office. I always do and I always will. The buck stops with me.”
“It makes a clear point that even in the office of someone who is an advocate for women’s rights and all people’s rights, there is no office that is immune from this kind of behavior,” Harris continued. “And that’s something we’re going to have to deal with.”
Harris is widely expected to announce a bid for the presidency later this month — an announcement could come as soon as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sources told KCBS Radio.