Saying “[A] real leader protects the vulnerable and works to make sure that everyone is safe in their homes, workplaces and communities,” Everett state Rep. candidate Gerly Adrien is coming out strong on the recent #metoo sexual harassment issues on Beacon Hill. State Rep. Joe McGonagle did not return repeated calls and messages seeking comment.
The recent drama on Beacon Hill in general and the state House in particular has taken center stage as state Rep. Diana DiZoglio took to the House floor to detail her experience of being sexually harassed, forced to quit and signed a non-disclosure in order to get a severance agreement. House Speaker Robert DeLeo added to the controversy by saying non-disclosure agreement are “a part of doing business.”
As the spectacle played out in Boston, candidate Adrien came out strong on the issue. “Leaders set the tone and need to make it clear that sexual harassment and sexual assault will never be tolerated,” Adrien said. “It is unacceptable for those in leadership to remain silent in the face of the serious issue of sexual harassment and assault…Women, men and children who have been victimized must never fear coming forward, and it is critical to have policies that protect them when they do,” she said.
Remaining silent is exactly what McGonagle is doing. The Everett Stimulus left a number of messages over a five-day period seeking comment on the issue. None was returned. Adrien has made McGonagle’s responsiveness—or lack thereof—an issue in the campaign.