The chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Celebration stepped down from his publish Tuesday amid a scandal of sexually charged textual content messages and an express picture he despatched to a girl working for Philadelphia Metropolis Council.
Valentino “Val” DiGiorgio III, 51, stepped down from the his place with the Pennsylvania GOP shortly after the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a narrative on a textual content message trade he had with onetime Republican candidate for Philadelphia Metropolis Council Irina Goldstein.
The trade started final October and lasted 4 months.
Based on The Inquirer, DiGiorgio, who’s married, and Goldstein, who’s single, started speaking after she commented on a photograph on Fb wherein DiGiorgio appeared.
After Goldstein acknowledged DiGiorgio, she messaged him to hunt recommendation for her Metropolis Council bid.
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“I’m working for Metropolis Council,” she mentioned, including, “subsequent time you’re in Philly, I’d be honored to purchase you espresso.”
The textual content dialog went from recommendation searching for to flirting to sexually charged exchanges to DiGiorgio sending Goldstein a photograph of his erect penis.
DiGiorgio mentioned in an announcement that the texts between him and Goldstein have been “fully consensual” and that accusations of harassment or abuse of energy are “basically unfaithful.”
“I lengthen my deepest apologies to my household and colleagues for this unlucky distraction,” he wrote, including: “I intend to vigorously defend myself in opposition to these assertions and shield my household, my colleagues, and the get together from this non-public matter.”
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Goldstein continued the textual content trade with DiGiorgio after receiving the specific image, and, at instances both referenced or explicitly cited intercourse acts in her exchanges with the Republican chief. The previous Metropolis Council candidate, nonetheless, mentioned she started to develop embarrassed by the texts, citing that that DiGiorgio had “the higher hand,” and in the end stopped communications with him after sending a written trade wherein she instructed him his messages amounted to him “sexually harassing” her.
“When an individual has that a lot clout and energy, I really feel he abused that. And that was not obligatory,” Goldstein instructed The Inquirer following DiGiorgio’s choice to step down.
Following DiGiorgio’s departure, the get together’s vice chair, Bernadette “Bernie” Consolation, assumed the place as appearing chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Celebration.