The national sexual harassment scandal got a face in MA last week - the visage of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's husband. "I suspect that in order for that to happen the Senate may have to choose a new leader".
The Senate elected Democratic Majority Leader Harriette Chandler to take over as the body's acting president. "I believe this is in the best interests of the Senate". "I want to ensure that the investigation is fully independent and credible, and that anyone who wishes to come forward will feel confident that there will be no retaliation".
Rosenberg said he is stepping down from his position while his husband is under investigation for sexual assault.
Gov. Charlie Baker, who has had a generally collaborative relationship with the House and Senate, called for an investigation hours after the story broke Thursday and said "the decision about whether the Senate president steps down during that investigation should be decided by the Senate and the Senate president".
Rosenberg had previously planned to remain on as Senate President but recuse himself from all matters related to the investigation.
"Democrat Senators have questions to answer about the Senate President's leadership - given that they have the ability to determine his future".
Lowell Sen. Eileen Donoghue, a Democrat whose name was said to be floated as a possible replacement for Rosenberg, said Monday night that Chandler "will do a great job".
The State House may have been lousy with rumors of succession planning and senators angling to fill the void if and when Rosenberg were to step aside, but those senators were adamantly denying the water-cooler talk ... for now. Rosenberg maintaining the presidency, she suggested, could jeopardize that.
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"I am certainly alarmed by what I have heard, but I'm heartened that the senate quickly began working to set up an independent investigation".
Rosenberg, he said, is innocent until proven otherwise.
Rosenberg announced in a prepared statement that Hefner would be seeking in-patient treatment for alcohol dependence, and he encouraged anyone with a story to tell to come forward without fear of retribution.
"My heart goes out to anyone who may have been hurt, and I am committed to helping anyone who has been harmed", he said.
"I thank my colleagues for providing this opportunity and have every confidence that the Acting President will help the Senate focus on a robust agenda for 2018", he said.
They're also launching an investigation into Bryon Hefner and whether he had any influence over Senate business.
Tarr cited Senate Rule 12A, a statute that outlines ethics investigations and dictates how the details from subsequent findings are publicly released, but stressed that the rule "allows us only to act given the conduct of a member or a member of the staff". The Gloucester Republican agreed that it could make victims more likely to come forward.
Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, both Democrats, are asking anyone with information about the allegations to contact either of their offices.
The picture was reportedly sent in a text message earlier this year.