A Democratic Texas state senator is refusing to resign regardless of a fraud conviction and a bunch of allegations in opposition to him starting from bribery to fraud to sexual harassment.
Sen. Carlos Uresti was convicted Thursday on 11 federal counts of cash laundering and wire and securities fraud. Prosecutors mentioned he and a co-defendant lied to buyers to earn cash for a fracking sand firm that went bankrupt in 2015. He faces as much as 20 years in jail, and is free as he awaits his June sentencing.
However that isn’t the top of Uresti’s woes, and the politician says he plans to enchantment the conviction.
The Day by day Beast experiences that Uresti faces a separate bribery trial in Could, and likewise is going through accusations of sexual harassment from a number of ladies. These ladies embody a reporter who claimed Uresti groped her and “put his tongue down my throat” and a knowledge director on the state Democratic social gathering who mentioned he ogled her.
“We have been being launched and after we shook arms, he spun me round and mentioned one thing like, ‘Rattling, lady — you’re hassle,’” Jenn Cervella informed The Day by day Beast.
One other lady claimed that Uresti requested her in the midst of a staircase on the state Capitol whether or not she was sporting a polka-dot thong. Uresti had denied plenty of allegations to the Day by day Beast when some ladies got here ahead in December, however didn’t reply to the outlet for touch upon the most recent claims in opposition to him.
Regardless of calls from the Texas State Democratic Caucus for him to resign, Uresti is to date refusing.
After the decision on Thursday, he mentioned he had no plans to resign, however the San Antonio Specific-Information reported that he later mentioned he would meet together with his household and his attorneys in regards to the future. The outlet additionally reported that he had expressed “disappointment” that fellow Democrats had known as for his resignation simply hours after the decision.
Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, a Republican, has stripped Uresti of all of his committee assignments, and plenty of Republicans have joined their Democratic colleagues in calling on him to resign.
Ought to he not resign, the Senate reportedly has the ability to expel him with a two-thirds vote. Different Democrats on the caucus informed the Specific-Information that some had pointed to the instance of former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned over sexual harassment allegations with out having dedicated a criminal offense.
Uresti is up for re-election in 2020.
The Related Press contributed to this report.