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Two Indiana Democratic lawmakers call on AG Curtis Hill to resign

Posted: 1:59 PM, Jul 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-04 17:59:43Z

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Indiana Democratic lawmakers, including one leader, have called on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign after recent allegations of sexual harassment. 

The attorney general said in  a statement Monday  that he was invited to a party at AJ's Lounge at the end of the 2018 legislative session along with dozens of other people including legislators, lobbyists, and staffers. 

"I interacted with several people - talking, laughing, and telling stories," Hill's statement read. "At no time was my behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner."

Hill says he was never contacted by an investigator about those allegations.

"I have not been informed of who made these allegations nor have I been provided any due process with regard to these vicious allegations," Hill said.

The first of two Democrats in Indiana's legislature to call for Hill's resignation was Ryan Dvorak of South Bend. He called Hill's alleged behavior "disgusting" and "potentially criminal."

Later on Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane called on Hill to step down. 

Lanane was among the legislative leaders who signed the joint statement sent out by the House Republican Communications Office, saying the matter was addressed to the "satisfaction of the employees involved." Now, Lanane said Hill "can no longer adequately represent the best interests of Hoosiers," he told the Associated Press. 

Lanane has not said why he changed his mind. 

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Only one Republican lawmaker has openly criticized the attorney general. 

State Senator Mike Bohacek of LaPorte County (R) stopped short of an outright call for Hill to step down, but he did say he has lost respect for Hill, and that if the allegations continue to have merit, "Hill should consider the options necessary to maintain the dignity of the office."

The top Republicans in the General Assembly -- House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Pro Tem David Long -- say they will have no further comment on Hill.

After John Zody, the chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, called on Hill to resign Tuesday, the attorney general responded by saying, "Let me be clear, I am not resigning my position as Attorney General."

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