The Governor and Attorney General are calling for Senate President Stan Rosenberg to immediately resign.
The report says the Amherst Democrat didn’t violate a formal Senate rule, but showed a significant failure of judgment and leadership in dealing with his husband. who is facing sexual misconduct charges.
The Senate Ethics Committee says Rosengerg failed to protect the senate from Bryon Hefner, by giving Hefner access to his Senate email account. In December, the committee began looking into allegations that Rosenberg’s husband, Bryon Hefner, sexually abused or harassed men in the Senate.
The report recommends that Rosenberg doesn’t serve any leadership position in the Senate until the end of the 2020 legislative session.
Rosenberg already stepped down as the Senate leader in December, but he is still in the chamber. He hasn’t commented on the report.
Governor Charlie Baker’s statement on Rosenberg is as follows:
“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.”