Jack Latvala deletes Twitter account after sexual misconduct scandal - Florida Politics

Jack Latvala deletes Twitter account after sexual misconduct scandal

Sexual harassment and quid quo pro allegations raised by several women against Sen. Jack Latvala have put an end to his career in the Florida Senate and his Twitter presence.

Shortly after two separate Senate investigations concluded that he sexually harassed women in his orbit and that he may have traded support for legislation for a sexual encounter  — accusations the state’s law enforcement agency is reviewing — his Twitter account vanished, along with his tweets.

Throughout the investigations, Twitter was a vehicle to mount defense against allegations by five unnamed women and Rachel Perrin Rogers, a top Senate staffer.

Along with his personal account, his son, state Rep. Chris Latvala, also used Twitter to fight accusations. The junior Latvala continues to use his account, lately using it as a venue for sport-related retweets.

“Friends of Latvala,” a Twitter account that emerged shortly after POLITICO Florida first reported the damning accusations and was used to show support for the once powerful senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate, is no longer active.

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Ana covers politics and policy for Florida Politics. Before joining Florida Politics, she was the legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press and covered policy issues impacting immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare in Florida. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a criminal justice reporter for the Monterey Herald and the Monterey County Weekly. She has also freelanced for The Washington Post at the U.S.-Mexico border covering crime in the border city of Tijuana, where she grew up. Ana is fluent in Spanish and has intermediate proficiency in Portuguese.
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