House Speaker Richard Corcoran made an appearance on C-SPAN this morning, again calling on Sen. Jack Latvala to resign from his post amid an investigation that he allegedly groped a high-level Senate aide.
Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, has repeatedly said that Latvala, a Clearwater Republican who is running for governor, should step down, and he used his bully pulpit on the C-SPAN bus outside the Old Capitol resign to reiterate that demand.
Latvala has denied groping Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson’s chief district aide, Rachel Perrin Rogers, or any of the unnamed women who accused him of inappropriately touching them and making unwelcome comments about their bodies.
Corcoran, who is widely speculated to be considering a bid for governor next year, explained to the national audience that there are two separate investigations now ongoing into Latvala’s alleged wrongdoing. One of them could result in his ouster from the upper chamber, Corcoran said.
“It looks like they’re heading towards expulsion,” the House speaker predicted.
In a lengthy Q-and-A with reporters Monday, Latvala gave no indication that he was heading out the door.
“There’s one overriding principle here to me that’s important. And that is I didn’t do this stuff. So why should I quit and leave town and let everybody think I did it when I didn’t do it?” he said.
In Wednesday’s C-SPAN interview, Corcoran pointed out that a number of high-ranking celebrities — including Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose — were quickly stripped of their posts following accusations of sexual harassment or misconduct.
“But here we have elected officials, who you think would be held to a higher standard are still in office, still fighting,” he said.
When asked why the political world was different, Corcoran said: “There’s an entitlement mentality.”