Top elected officials, including Governor Eric Holcomb, are calling for the resignation of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. Statements from House and Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Secretary of State Connie Lawson asking Hill to step down come amid sexual harassment allegations revealed early this week. Hill has denied the allegations levied by four women.
Holcomb, who was out of the state when revelations surfaced that General Assembly leadership had conducted an investigation into allegations against Hill, said:
Four women had the courage to step forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana Attorney General. The findings of the recent legislative report are disturbing and, at a minimum, show a violation of the state’s zero tolerance sexual harassment policy. I concur with Sen. Long and Speaker Bosma that Attorney General Hill should resign, and I support a thorough investigation by the state’s Inspector General.
A joint statement from Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma (R-88) and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-16) reads:
We believe that the women who came forward with accounts of inappropriate behavior by Attorney General Curtis Hill in the early hours of March 15, 2018, are telling the truth regardless of the Attorney General’s denial of these allegations. We do not believe that Curtis Hill, as chief law enforcement officer of the State of Indiana, can continue to perform his duties, nor should he, and we call for his immediate resignation. We have further requested that the Indiana Inspector General thoroughly investigate these allegations. Sexual harassment is unacceptable at any time, in any place. It makes no difference that these incidents did not occur in a workplace environment. Curtis Hill is not our employee; if he was, he would already have been fired. Because we cannot terminate his employment, we ask instead for him to own up to his actions, apologize publicly to the victims, and tender his resignation immediately.
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch added:
As lieutenant governor, I fully support Governor Holcomb’s statement regarding Attorney General Curtis Hill. Sexual harassment should never be tolerated.
House Minority Leader Terry Goodin (D-66) said:
It had been my hope that the Attorney General could realize on his own that his salacious behavior has no place in our state government, then do us all a favor and quit. Now that his governor and his party leadership in the Indiana General Assembly have weighed in, let me make it unanimous: Mr. Attorney General, it is time for you to go. Let us praise those brave women who came forth and spoke of this vile conduct against them. They are the ones to admire for their courage. I had already been in discussions with our state Inspector General about the need to investigate this matter. I am glad that others have asked for the investigation as well. As it proceeds, let us make sure we support and protect the victims. It’s in the hands of our Attorney General to live up to his charge as our state’s chief law enforcement officer and do what’s right. Quit.