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Senior policy advisor: Ethics investigation is warranted

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FOLLOWING accusations of sexual misconduct against House Minority Leader Edwin Propst, Robert Hunter, senior policy advisor to the Office of the Governor said on Wednesday that an ethics investigation into the matter is absolutely warranted and necessary.

“This process will provide fairness and justice to both Representative Propst and any victim of these alleged crimes. It is the right thing to do in the face of such allegations,” Hunter said.

“A call for an investigation of a matter that is as serious as this should be met with the same willingness for transparency and accountability.”

He said as the father of three daughters, all of whom have spent time in public schools, he would hope that those in power would take allegations like this seriously and do their due diligence.

“The Legislature has gone ahead with investigations on the governor, which he has been absolutely open to and has cooperated with fully,” Hunter said.

For his part, Press Secretary Kevin Bautista noted that the House minority leader is a co-sponsor of a measure that lifted the statute of limitations on sexual crimes committed against minors.

House Bill 19-185, which became Public Law 19-72,  was introduced by former Rep. Ramon Tebuteb in the 19th Legislature and was signed in 2016 by former acting governor and current Senate President Victor Hocog.

On Tuesday, Propst said he is willing to release his PSS personnel file, adding that he is deeply saddened that he and his family are being subjected to “this egregious level of defamation and dirty politics.”

It was a private citizen, Irene Holl, who wrote letters to the governor, the attorney general and the House speaker regarding the allegations against Propst.

Holl said the House should conduct a formal Ethics Committee investigation.

 

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