Democrats rescind support of sheriff accused of harassment
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democrats have rescinded their support for the re-election bid of Philadelphia’s sheriff following criticism that they endorsed an incumbent who’s been accused in the past of sexual harassment.
Philly.com first reported that the Philadelphia Democratic party’s policy committee Tuesday night revoked the endorsement of Sheriff Jewell Williams, recommending no endorsement in the four-person May 21 primary. Ward leaders must ratify the decision.
The city recently agreed to a $127,000 settlement with a woman who alleged sexual harassment over a two-year period by Williams, who was elected in 2011. The Democratic caucus of the state House in 2012 paid $30,000 to settle another case against Williams, a former state representative.
A Williams campaign spokeswoman declined comment. Williams has said in the past that the cases were settled against his wishes.
This story clarifies that decision by policy committee to rescind endorsement must be ratified by ward leaders.