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Florida GOP leader reportedly investigated over allegations he sexually harassed male assistant

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  • The Florida Republican Party is reportedly investigating a sexual harassment charge against its chairman, Senator Joe Gruters.

  • Anonymous party officials and a source told Politico the allegation was linked to an outing at the Tallahassee bar during the 2021 legislative session.

  • Gruters was the former Florida co-chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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The Florida GOP chairman is reportedly under investigation into a sexual harassment allegation involving a male legislative assistant.

The Florida Republican Party is investigating the charge against its president, Senator Joe Gruters, Politico reported.

Four party officials and another source who works with the state’s GOP told Politico that the allegation relates to a party at the Tallahassee bar during the 2021 legislative session.

Sources told the outlet that a male assistant offered to drive Gruters home that night and that Gruters eventually sexually harassed the staff member.

“The Florida Republican Party has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind,” Florida Republican Party executive director Helen Aguirre Ferré said, according to Politico.

“Any complaint that RPOF receives regarding harassment against its employees or members is taken very seriously and carefully reviewed in accordance with RPOF’s HR policies and all applicable laws and regulations,” said the Executive Director.

Gruters – who served as Florida co-chair for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign – did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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