First it was President Bill Clinton, then President Donald Trump, and now its Hollywood ‘elites’ like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, director James Toback, and others who have been accused of sexual harassment and/or assault.
Enter state Senator Jack Latvala, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida. Latvala now is being accused by six anonymous women of inappropriately touching them over the course of his 16-year political career.
Latvala has has already threatened to sue the POLITICO, the news organization that published the story of his alleged sexual misconduct.
The POLITICO writes:
But the women who spoke to POLITICO Florida described their physical interactions with Latvala as anything but welcomed. They said they felt degraded and demeaned when he touched their buttocks or other private areas of their bodies, or when he commented on their weight and their breast size. One woman said the legislator would audibly grunt in her ear when giving her lengthy hugs that were physically and emotionally painful and embarrassing.
“You don’t force your kids to hug relatives and kiss relatives, and this is why,” said one of the women, a fellow Republican who has worked with Latvala in the Florida Senate, during the interview. “There are other senators, male and female, who I hug and kiss on the cheek on a regular basis, but they’ve never touched the places on my body where only my bikini touches.”
One prominent lobbyist who we well refer to as “Deepthroat” in this story, and has known Latvala for years, says that he or she doesn’t doubt the allegations based on what he or she has witnessed of Latvala over the years.
Two of the accusations
1.The Senate staffer who sobbed during her interview with a POLITICO reporter said she believed that Latvala “uses his body to block what he’s doing with his hands.” She said in one case he sidled up next to her at a bar, draped his hands and legs on her chair “and started rubbing my leg. I could not tell you what he was saying because I was sitting there crying. It’s not like he came up and consoled me for crying. I started crying after he came up to me and started touching me.”
2.Another time, during a busy pre-session committee week, the same staffer said she crammed into a crowded Senate elevator and ended up standing against the same wall as him. After he blurted a boisterous “good morning,” Latvala, she said, began touching her.
“He reached around the far side of my body and just started grabbing. His hand went around my back and grabbed me around my lower frontal abdomen and then wandered,” she said. “He touched the underside of my breast on that side.”
“I jumped and might have said something like ‘whoa,’ but before I could react any further, the elevator ride was over,” she said.
It is not uncommon for women or men to come out and make accusation against someone as powerful and politically inclined as Latvala.
As we mentioned, take all of the allegations made against the aforementioned President Bill Clinton and now President Donald Trump.
Allegations were made but never proven. In other instances, scorned former lovers of politicians have also been accused of spitefully filling false grievances and legal documents simply to embarrass their past significant other because he or she is in the world of politics and in the public eye.
This practice is far too common, and is nothing less than shameful.
Latvala, like of other prominent politicians before him, is now put in a defensive position of having to explain his actions or inactions in the matter.
In politics, when you have to explain such actions, it usually means the end of a campaign or career is near.
Latvala is already guilty as charged in the public eye, and could soon be singing his political farewell swan song.
But then again, Clinton and Trump went on to win the presidency after they were accused of sexual misconduct, so anything is possible.
Also, we may also be hearing more from “Deepthroat” and others about Latvala’s alleged ‘handsy’ conduct in the near future.