3 in Massachusetts Senate Eye Top Post Should Rosenberg Not Return

3 in Massachusetts Senate Eye Top Post Should Rosenberg Not Return”

Rosenberg took an unprecedented leave of absence as Senate President.

The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ethics began an investigation Tuesday into State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, who announced Monday that he would suspend his responsibilities as president while the probe was underway, Fox News reported.

According to CBS Boston, four men have already claimed that Hefner sexually assaulted and harassed them in recent years.

The investigation will look into whether Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner had any influence over Senate business.

Following the almost eight-hour Democratic caucus, the Senate voted to elect Democratic Majority Leader Harriette Chandler as acting Senate president. She has said she will step down at that point. He has not been accused of wrongdoing. He maintained that his husband had no influence over his policy decisions or actions by the Senate. The men, who were not named by the Globe, said they did not report the abuse partly because they did not want to alienate the powerful Senate leader.

The two said they are committed to providing every survivor of sexual assault "a safe, respectful, victim-centered environment".

The Senate Ethics Committee voted Tuesday to open an investigation into whether Rosenberg or his staff violated any Senate rules in connection with the allegations against Hefner.

The investigation will focus on whether Rosenbergknew about Hefner's alleged behavior, or if Hefner had any clout when it came to matters before the chamber.

Gov. Charlie Baker, who has been paying close attention to the process, says the investigator the Senate picks must have "big-time standing".

The unsolicited picture from Hefner was of a random person's penis and the message was apparently meant for someone else in politics, according to the person who received it, who spoke with MassLive and shared a screenshot of the exchange.

And it's our understanding, based on talking with senators and sources in the building, that she is not alone, and that others may be on her side, believing that he should either step aside while this investigation takes place, or it might be the best thing for the Senate for him to just resign the presidency itself, and let a new leader to be elected.

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