News

Dem adviser quits after social media sex misconduct comments

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 5, 2017 5:16 PM
Capitol_harrisburg.jpg

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


(Harrisburg) -- An unpaid senior adviser to the chairman of Pennsylvania's Democratic Party is stepping down after a backlash over her Facebook comments regarding sexual harassment, including a warning that men may stop talking to women.

Valerie Kean Staab said Tuesday she was trying to provoke a Facebook discussion and her remarks have been misconstrued.

She says she never said sexual harassment is OK, but believes "there are women that are not innocent victims" and that "women have lied in the past."

In a post last month, she was dismissive of women objecting that men have touched them inappropriately.
She says she wishes she'd worded her posts more carefully.

Groen says Staab's comments are "not the line of the party."

He's apologizing for anyone offended by her actions or the party's response.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Harrisburg) -- An unpaid senior adviser to the chairman of Pennsylvania's Democratic Party is stepping down after a backlash over her Facebook comments regarding sexual harassment, including a warning that men may stop talking to women.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that Valerie Kean Staab was leaving her post as an aide to state party chairman Marcel Groen.

Staab says she doesn't want to sound insensitive, but on Facebook late last month she was dismissive of women objecting that men have touched them inappropriately.

Groen says Staab's comments are "not the line of the party."

He's apologizing for anyone offended by her actions or the party's response.

A message seeking comment from Staab wasn't returned.

Tagged under , , , , ,

back to top

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »