Speaker Calls for the Senate to Investigate Sen. Wilson’s Comments and to Protect Witnesses from Retaliation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2017
Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) released the following statement in response to the allegations made by Senator David Wilson (R-Wasilla) during a press conference this morning in Anchorage. Sen. Wilson used the press conference to address allegations from multiple witnesses that he acted inappropriately in the Capitol Building in Juneau earlier this year.
“Senator Wilson crossed the line of appropriate behavior by using a press conference to chastise individuals who came forward as witnesses to an alleged incident of harassment. I believe this is a violation of the legislature’s harassment policy and warrants a serious investigation by the Senate,” said Speaker Edgmon.
“I feel compelled to set the record straight, I am constrained by confidentiality requirements regarding both personnel matters and discussions which take place during executive session. I cannot comment on the findings of the report, as it is not yet public, and this remains a confidential personnel matter. However, the statements about why I chose to allow this matter to rest this spring are unequivocally false. Executive sessions are confidential, and though Senator Wilson thought it appropriate to summarize my intentions during an executive session, I am not permitted to give a full explanation of context. I will say, it became apparent that I could not both pursue the matter through Legislative Council and respect the wishes of the staffer in question that the matter be kept private and not politicized,” said Speaker Edgmon.
“I also feel the need to respond to a remark Senator Wilson attributed to me. I did not, at any point, express a desire to let Senator Wilson ‘hang and burn’, which he claims originated from a conversation he had with Senate leadership. I find that term highly offensive and derogatory and I would never say that. I don’t begrudge Senator Wilson for wanting to clear his name and reputation, but the way he chose to conduct himself today was unfortunate,” said Speaker Edgmon
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