Staples Steps Down from Democratic Leadership Role Following Ethics Subcommittee Investigation

Rep. Rick Staples, the Knoxville Democrat who violated the state legislature's sexual harassment policy, is stepping down from his leadership position in the House Democratic Caucus, the Tennessean reports. Staples, who has served as assistant minority leader, made the decision after the House Ethics Subcommittee, following an internal investigation, found Staples violated the General Assembly's sexual harassment policy. He previously apologized if his actions were "misinterpreted" by a woman who said Staples inappropriately grabbed her waist and made comments about her appearance, though he called the situation a "political character assassination."
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