Embattled Secretary of State Tom Schedler spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday about the sexual harassment allegations made against him. An employee filed a lawsuit claiming Schedler made unwanted advances to her and even sent her a sex tape. Schedler admits to an affair with the accuser, but denies the claims of stalking or harassment. The state's election chief intends to fight the allegations and not step down.
"They elected me to do a job and it's way to important to walk away from it, especially with my tail between my legs."
Governor John Bel Edwards and even some in his own party have asked Schedler to resign immediately. Schedler says since this suit is in litigation, he can’t comment, but assures the public that the truth will eventually come out.
"All the facts will be revealed at the proper place and at the proper time. I do not intend to fee rumor mills and gossip columns."
The Republican says this is not a good time to leave, with the state in the process of buying new voting machines and there's also a new commissioner of elections. In closing Schedler said he knows he has disappointed his family and the people of Louisiana.
"I'm sorry to my family and this staff and to all of the loved ones and people who love me that I've loved and still love for how disappointing this is, even with the allegations."
Schedler says he will not seek reelection in 2019.