Elizabeth Warren Fires Top Campaign Director, Morehouse Brother, For Inappropriate Behavior

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Elizabeth Warren Fires Staffer
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking with attendees at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People hosted by the Center for the American Progress Action Fund and the SEIU at the Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore. Rich McDaniel photo courtesy of Facebook

A renowned political organizer is without a job. Rich McDaniel, former national organizing director for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, was recently fired for “inappropriate conduct,” Politico reported. McDaniel is a graduate of Morehouse College who worked Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and Doug Jones’ 2017 Senate campaign. He came highly recommended.

According to Warren’s communication’s director Kristen Orthman, “senior campaign leadership received multiple complaints” about McDaniel’s behavior over a two-week period. As a result, “the campaign retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation,” Orthman added.

“Based on the results of the investigation, the campaign determined that his reported conduct was inconsistent with its values and that he could not be a part of the campaign moving forward,” Orthmon said

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McDaniel confirmed in a text that he was no longer with the campaign, NBC reported. In a statement, he said didn’t deliberately violate the values of Warren’s campaign.

“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,” McDaniel said. He added he has “tremendous respect” for his campaign colleagues and wished them well, despite disagreements.

A source familiar with the investigation said there were no sexual assault allegations, but declined further information due to confidentiality, Politco said.