Miami Herald: Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

Latvala has been in the Senate for 16 years and has the power over the chamber’s budget. Gruff and combative at times, he’s one of the Legislature’s most colorful figures. (The Miami Herald)

Florida Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) ordered an internal investigation Friday of sexual harassment allegations made by six unnamed women who accused Sen. Jack Latvala of groping and inappropriate touching.

Latvala has said all week that he expected to be a target of allegations in the wake of an earlier Politico report that Sen. Jeff Clemens, an Atlantis Democrat, had an extramarital affair with a former Martin County lobbyist and then resigned.

He has denied ever sexually harassing anyone and told reporters Thursday he directed the Senate staff to produce any sexual harassment complaints against him. The Senate told the Herald/Times that it not only has no record of sexual harassment complaints against Latvala, but has no complaints against any senator for at least the past two decades.

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