State Reps. Chris Latvala and Kathleen Peters have not shown “integrity” or acted “in the public interest” in how they have publicly responded to accusations of sexual harassment against state Sen. Jack Latvala, according to a lawyer for one of his accusers.
Tallahassee attorney Tiffany R. Cruz wrote a letter to House Speaker Richard Corcoran to complain about the two Republican lawmakers.
The Latvalas are son and father; Peters is an ally of Jack Latvala, a fellow Pinellas Countian.
Cruz specifically blamed the two House members for “condemn(ing)” Latvala’s accusers on social media for the purpose of “intimidation.”
Cruz also said she did not expect the two to be punished, but told Corcoran she wanted him to be aware of their “abhorrent conduct.”
The one-page letter, dated Wednesday, is below:
We’ll provide comment from Peters when we receive it.
In an email to Florida Politics, the younger Latvala said: “I have known Tiffany for about 10 years. We were aides together. I have no idea what she is referring to. I have purposefully not engaged in social media as it relates to this matter but I believe any accuser has a right to face those who anonymously accuse them, so as to not ruin their career and life for political purposes.”
A spokesman for Corcoran on Thursday said he had no immediate comment to the letter.