A Republican state lawmaker faces a formal investigation into whether he sexually harassed a young journalist.
According to her account published in Michigan Advance, Allison Donahue was standing outside the Senate chamber with a group of high school boys from Senator Pete Lucido’s (R-Shelby Township) district.
Donahue says the senator told her, “You could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you.”
Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) called Lucido’s comment “idiotic.”
“I think everyone whose profession it is to report the news should be offended that he treated someone that way, and I think everyone in this building should be offended,” said Ananich. “The unfortunate part is people are allowed to elect jerks.”
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) called Lucido’s behavior “unacceptable.”
“If those words that were reported were accurate, it’s very unacceptable. And that’s all I’ve got to say about it,” he said.
Shirkey and Ananich jointly announced the inquiry.
Lucido has apologized for what he calls “a misunderstanding.”
I apologize for the misunderstanding yesterday and for offending Allison Donahue.
— Sen. Peter J. Lucido (@SenPeterJLucido) January 15, 2020