June 13th, 2012 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Politics, Legislature

Wingard Steps Down As Deputy GOP House Leader (Updated)

news1_wingard_3832STATE REP. MATT WINGARD - IMAGE: WW Staff

Today WW reported that a former legislative aide complained to two law enforcement agencies about alleged sexual misconduct on the part of her one-time boss, State Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville).

This afternoon, House Republican Leader Kevin Cameron (R-Salem) announced Wingard will give up his leadership position in his caucus.

Here is Cameron's statement:

“Leaders of the House Republican caucus take these reported allegations against Rep. Matt Wingard seriously. This is a personal issue between Rep. Wingard and another individual, and it’s something that he’s actively working to resolve.

However, as with any workplace, our caucus does not approve of inappropriate relationships between officials or managers and their subordinates. “Rep. Wingard has volunteered to step down as Deputy Republican Leader, and I have accepted his request. This will allow him to focus on addressing these allegations, while serving the citizens of House District 26.”
Wingard, a two term incumbent, remains co-chairman of the House Education Committee.

Update 5:35 p.m.: Wingard emailed WW a statement which reads, in part:
“Earlier today I have formally submitted my resignation as Deputy Leader of the Oregon House Republicans.  My resignation was graciously accepted by both Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna and Republican leader Kevin Cameron.  In hindsight, I should not have entered into the relationship and for that, I offer my most sincere apology.”
  
“I am also deeply sorry for the harm this has caused my family, friends and supporters."
 
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