Details Over Top Sanders Advisor's Alleged Sexual Misconduct With Subordinate Emerge

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As Sanders and surrogates explore a 2020 presidential bid, more than a dozen former female and male staffers who worked on the 2016 campaign signed a letter requesting a meeting with Sanders and his leadership team "to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the goal of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle".

"I thank them, from the bottom of my heart, for speaking out", Sanders wrote in a statement. What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about, ' he said Thursday on Capitol Hill.

"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", the woman said.

According to POLITICO, Mr. Becker "oversaw Sanders' Iowa campaign, then helped lead his efforts in Michigan, California and NY as deputy national field director" and has reportedly started calling former staffers to prep for Sanders' potential 2020 run over the past few months.

The adviser, Robert Becker, has denied any wrongdoing.

Todd then said Sanders had the worst start to 2019, especially compared to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has already declared her 2020 presidential campaign.

Allegations that male members of his campaign had harassed and discriminated against female campaign workers have been circulating for weeks as the senator weighs a potential second presidential run. Bernie Sanders continues to take hits over allegations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign, supporters of the Vermont independent are planning almost 400 events across all 50 states Saturday to back another White House run.

Sanders has not personally been the focus of any of the accusations.

Weaver told CNN Wednesday that he thinks he would be useful to a Sanders 2020 campaign as "a strategic adviser that needs to deal with some of the 30,000-foot issues as opposed to the management of a day-to-day campaign". Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards were clearly inadequate, ' he added.

"I was little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case", Sanders told CNN on January 2.

The New York Times also has detailed allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity on Sanders' 2016 campaign. They added: "To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign".

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Sanders himself has not yet made a decision on whether or not he will run for President in 2020, but released an e-mail late previous year with the subject line "If I Run".

She chose to speak out after Becker reportedly contacted her and other potential staffers regarding a 2020 presidential run by Sanders and visited early primary states. Though the allegations against Sanders' campaign are far-reaching, the issue of sexual harassment has been pervasive across the political spectrum and beyond, as brought to light in the wake of the Me Too movement.

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