Sep 27, 2022 - Politics

Salt Lake County Democrats demand Sen. Gene Davis' resignation

Senator Gene Davis.

Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, looks on during a hearing at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

Salt Lake County Democrats are calling for the immediate resignation of Sen. Gene Davis after one of his former interns accused him of sexual harassment last month.

Driving the news: After concluding a "thorough" internal investigation, the Salt Lake County Democratic Party announced Tuesday that Davis violated the party's anti-harassment policy.

  • Democrats also extended Davis' current suspension from party events and support for the next two years.
  • Party leaders said Davis did not appeal their suspension decision.

Yes, but: In a letter sent to reporters late Tuesday, an attorney representing Davis, Benjamin B. Grindstaff, refuted Democrats' claims, saying his client's appeal was "simply ignored" by the party's executive committee.

  • "Senator Davis has done nothing that would warrant his resignation from the Utah State Senate," the letter stated.
  • Grindstaff added his client was not "afforded the opportunity to be heard" throughout the investigation.

Of note: Democratic leaders declined to release the findings of their internal investigation, citing the process was confidential under its bylaws.

Catch up quick: The Utah Senate announced in August it was launching an investigation into his conduct days after Sonia Weglinski, a former legislative intern and campaign staffer for Davis, alleged he invaded her personal boundaries.

What's next: Grindstaff said Davis, who has served in the Utah Legislature since 1987, would continue his full term in office.

  • Davis' term is set to expire in January, after losing his Democratic primary race against Nate Blouin in June.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to include a statement from Sen. Gene Davis' attorney.


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