According to POLITICO, Mr. Becker "oversaw Sanders' Iowa campaign, then helped lead his efforts in Michigan, California and NY as deputy national field director" and has reportedly started calling former staffers to prep for Sanders' potential 2020 run over the past few months.
Sanders said he was unaware of the alleged behavior happening during his campaign because he was "a little busy" running for president. "The allegations speak to unacceptable behavior that must not be tolerated in any campaign or any workplace".
'To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize. Becker had begun making preparations for another campaign and calling around to staffers when the woman came forward, and other staffers came out with similar stories, causing him to lose his position on the campaign.
Sanders' comments follow a Politico report that a former Sanders adviser, Robert Becker, had assaulted a female subordinate.
Robert Becker - who oversaw Sanders' campaign in Iowa and, as deputy national field director, subsequently lead the senator's efforts in California, Michigan and NY - allegedly approached the 20-year-old female staffer later that night and grabbed her wrists before forcibly kissing her, the woman and three additional sources cited by Politico claim.
Weaver is reportedly leaving because Sanders needs his staff to be more diverse after facing accusations of not understanding racial issues.
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She said she felt compelled to speak out after Mr Becker travelled to SC in December on a trip to recruit future campaign workers for Mr Sanders. "Our standards and safeguards were inadequate". He mentioned that he had worked on strengthening federal sexual harassment policy in 2018.
"To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign", added the statement.
Brett Carlsen via Getty Images Onetime presidential hopeful Sen. She reported the harassment after he contacted her again for a possible 2020 campaign.
"We are addressing what happened on the Bernie campaign but as people that work in this space we see that all campaigns are extremely risky to women and marginalized people and we are attempting to fix that", the campaign staffers wrote.
"Sanders already faces tough primary competition from several women, including Warren, Harris, Gillibrand, and maybe even Tulsi Gabbard who was a key supporter in 2016", he said.
The woman warned about sexual misconduct on campaigns in a statement to Politico, saying no one should be allowed to run for president until they can guarantee a safe work place.