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Rhode is leading the money race, ...
Rhode is leading the money race, but Tucker has been getting some surprisingly strong endorsements, including former House Speaker Vance Wilkins.
The new Speaker of the House, ...
The new Speaker of the House, Vance Wilkins, is a regular participant at this dinner and is expected again this year.
Sexual harassment, Wilkins not tolerated
Former Virginia Speaker of the House Vance Wilkins must be asking himself similar questions.
I believe Wilkins
says that he
thinks that he
did nothing wrong.I think that according to his
own personal moral code, he
has done nothing wrong.I think that he
grew up in a place and time when it was OK to harass women, because it was never defined as harassment.Wilkins
has roots in those times in which men could treat women as they wanted because the men wrote the rules.In those days, it was OK for men to flirt and fondle women, and the women were expected to like it.Women were expected to appreciate attention from powerful men.The more powerful, the more appreciation--that was the standard.
Speaker Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations | Family Policy Network
According to sources quoted in The Washington Post, House Speaker Vance S. Wilkins, Jr. (R) "paid at least $100,000 last year to settle a sexual harassment complaint by a woman who said he repeatedly made unwelcome advances on her in the warehouse complex where his legislative office was located."
According to the POST, a 26 year-old clerical worker who was working for a construction company located in the Speaker's office building in Amherst described a series of unwelcome sexual advances by Wilkins
They included him "groping and pinning her
against office furniture."
continues to deny the groping allegation is true.
doesn't deny he
paid at least $100,000 to require his
alleged victim to keep silent on the matter.
In a statement released on June 13, Wilkins
said, "I don't blame anyone for my troubles.
Most of them I brought upon myself.
But times have changed and the rules have changed and what was accepted in the era in which I was raised is strictly off limits today.
I didn't change with the times, and if I have offended anyone I am truly sorry and I apologize."
FPN President Joe Glover said, "Vance Wilkins has done many things as a legislator and Speaker to keep Virginia's families strong.
Resignation Statement from Vance Wilkins
Wilkins Resigns as House Speaker
Website of House Speaker Vance S. Wilkins, Jr.
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Vance Wilkins represented the City of Staunton and parts of Amherst, Augusta, and Rockbridge counties in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 2002.Widely credited with leading Republicans to their first majority in the House since Reconstruction, he was minority leader 1992-1997, Republican leader 1998-99 and was elected speaker of the House in 2000.He is a contractor in Amherst.