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Lt. Gov. John Fetterman renews calls on state Sen. Daylin Leach to resign

Leach, a Democrat from the Philadelphia area, has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by multiple women.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D-Braddock) has renewed calls for state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) to resign. In a 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer story, Leach was accused by multiple women of inappropriate touching and overtly sexual comments.

Leach also recently filed a defamation suit against Cara Taylor, who alleges that Leach lured her into performing oral sex in 1991. Taylor at the time was 17 years old, and Leach was working as a private attorney.

Leach has denied all allegations.

Fetterman tweeted the recent action taken by Leach “appalling.” When Fetterman was running for office, he called for Leach to step down given the initial allegations, and now, as the president of Pennsylvania's state Senate, he is renewing those calls.

Leach’s office sent an email to Philadelphia’s WHYY saying, “We are letting the complaint speak for itself today.” They declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D-York) called for Leach to resign after the initial allegations in 2017. Wolf’s spokesperson J.J. Abbott told PennLive last week that he is still calling on Leach to resign, saying “Governor Wolf’s position on Senator Leach has never changed.”

Senate Democratic Caucus leaders have hired an outside firm to investigate Taylor’s accusations against Leach. However, the Inquirer recently reported that state Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa was aware of Taylor’s accusations months before the Democratic caucus launched its investigation.

Costa has not yet called for Leach to step down. A request for comment to Costa’s office went unanswered.

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