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Top Warren Staffer Fired Over 'Multiple Complaints'

National Organizing Director Rich McDaniel is let go
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2019 12:30 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the SEIU Unions For All Summit on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has dismissed its national organizing director following "multiple complaints" of inappropriate behavior, the AP reports. Spokeswoman Kristen Orthman says the campaign received complaints about Rich McDaniel over the past two weeks and retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. McDaniel was fired after the campaign determined that his reported conduct was "inconsistent" with its values. Word of the dismissal was first reported by Politico.

In a statement to Politico, McDaniel said he "would never intentionally engage in any behavior inconsistent with the campaign or my own values" and he wished his former colleagues well. McDaniel worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid and Doug Jones' successful Senate run in Alabama in 2017. The internal investigation was conducted by lawyer Kate Kimpel and her company KK advising. A specialist in sexual harassment and workplace safety, Kimpel interviewed people without senior campaign officials present.

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