The campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has handed a pink slip to its national organizing director, Rich McDaniel, after receiving several complaints that he exhibited "inappropriate behavior."
What are the details?
Politico was first to report Friday that McDaniel had been let go, after receiving confirmation of his termination from the Warren camp. Campaign spokeswoman Kristen Orthman delivered a statement to the outlet, saying:
Over the past few weeks, senior campaign leadership received multiple complaints regarding inappropriate behavior by Rich McDaniel. Over the same time period, the campaign retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. Based on the results of the investigation, the campaign determined that his reported conduct was inconsistent with it values and that he could not be a part of the campaign moving forward.
The campaign would not provide further details about the allegations made against the senior staffer.
McDaniel reacted by issuing a statement of his own, saying, "I have separated from the campaign and am no longer serving as National Organizing Director. I have tremendous respect for my colleagues despite any disagreements we may have had and believe departing at this time is in the best interest of both parties."
He added, "I would never intentionally engage in any behavior inconsistent with the campaign or my own values. If others feel that I have, I understand it is important to listen even when you disagree. I wish the campaign and my colleagues well."
A reporter for The Daily Beast later noted that "McDaniel has locked down his Twitter account."
McDaniel — a former Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign aide and senior staffer for the 2017 campaign for Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) — was one of the first hires Warren made in launching her 2020 bid.
The New York Times reported that when McDaniel was brought on board, his "expertise in galvanizing black voters was touted as a boon to Ms. Warren." However, the paper noted, "there had been discontent with Mr. McDaniel's job performance even before the complaints regarding his behavior arose."