Amy Mercado: Legislature should recuse from harassment investigations

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A freshman House Democrat wants the Legislature to have zero involvement in investigations into Sen. Jack Latvala‘s alleged sexual harassment of six women at the Capitol.

Rep. Amy Mercado of Orlando on Wednesday said the only “equitable” investigation for both the accused and the alleged victims excludes any involvement from each chamber.

She took part in a press conference on the steps of the old Capitol. She was joined by Orlando Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Barbara DeVane of the Florida National Organization for Women.

Mercado, however, wants the independence of the investigation taken a step further.

“When a victim feels like they’re going into the lion’s den to complain about the lion, what are they really going to do? They’re not going to go in,” Mercado said.