Florida GOP Chairman Blaine Chancey is facing a criminal investigation involving an alleged sexual battery incident. According to reports, Chancey was previously accused of inappropriately touching a female employee at the Florida Republican Party’s state headquarters in Tallahassee.
The incident reportedly happened last summer, when the party’s headquarters was closed for remodeling. Allegedly, Chancey, who was serving as the party’s chairman at the time, attempted to put his hands on the woman’s body without her consent during a private meeting.
The woman has reported the incident to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting a separate investigation into the incident.
Chancey has denied any wrongdoing and has yet to be charged with any crime in connection with the incident. However, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that an investigation is being conducted and that they are actively interviewing witnesses related to the case.
The news of the criminal investigation has caused a stir in Florida political circles, with many people pointing out that Chancey was elected to his position as GOP chairman just weeks before the incident took place.
Chancey is the latest in a long string of Florida Republicans to become embroiled in controversy and scandal. In the past year alone, the state’s former Governor, Charlie Crist, was indicted on corruption charges, and its former state senator, Frank Artiles, resigned after a racist rant.
This latest incident involving Chancey could further damage the party’s image and negate any progress they’ve made in recent years to build a more inclusive atmosphere in the state.
The state Republican Party has yet to comment on the investigation. Until the investigation is complete and Chancey is either cleared or charged with a crime, it remains to be seen whether he will retain his post as the party chairman.