Stan Rosenberg is resigning from his senate position, State House News Service reports.
Stanley Rosenberg, who started this session as the returning president of the state Senate, intends to resign effective at 5 p.m. Friday in the wake of an explosive independent investigator’s report outlining his failed leadership and judgement. #mapoli— State House News (@statehousenews) May 3, 2018
SHNS says that the former Massachusetts Senate president intends to resign effective 5:00 p.m. Friday.
Governor Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey were calling on Rosenberg to step down, after a damning report was released by the Senate Committee on Ethics Wednesday.
The committee found that Rosenberg did not violate any specific rules, but had a “significant failure of judgment and leadership” in connection to the sexual harassment allegations made against his husband, Bryon Hefner.
The report comes months after four men accused Hefner of sexually harassing them on Beacon Hill. Hefner has pleaded not guilty to ten felony charges.
According to the report’s findings, the committee believes that Senator Rosenberg “knew from text messages” that Hefner routinely sexualized Senate staff and other Senators. It also said he was aware that Hefner downloaded and texted naked pictures of men, and on one occasion, “Inappropriately showed such an image to another Senator.”
The committee concluded that Rosenberg should have known from Hefner’s behavior, that there was a risk of sexual harassment. “We conclude that Senator Rosenberg should have perceived the foreseeable risk that Hefner would sexually harass Senate employees as defined in the Anti-Harassment policy.”
The committee also said that Rosenberg gave Hefner “unfettered access” to his Senate email account by sharing his confidential computer password on at least two occasions. “…They discovered at least two occasions on which Hefner used Senator Rosenberg’s email account to draft and transmit an email as if he were Senator Rosenberg without permission from Senator Rosenberg or his staff,” the report said.
The committee has recommended that Senator Rosenberg not serve in any leadership position for the remainder of this legislative session and the following two-year session.
Governor Baker and Attorney General Maura Healy want Rosenberg to resign immediately.
In a statement to 22News, Governor Baker said, “For the good of the institution and those who elected him to serve, I believe the Senator needs to resign immediately.”
“The Senate’s ethics report reveals a deeply disturbing pattern of behavior, making it clear that Senator Rosenberg has compromised the business of the Chamber and trust of his constituents. For the good of the institution and those who elected him to serve, I believe the Senator needs to resign immediately. My thoughts remain with the victims and I commend them for their bravery.”
–Governor Charlie Baker
Senator Rosenberg has not commented on the report.
The full report can be read below: