As more sexual harassment allegations come to light, McKee’s ethics appointee withdraws. What we know.

Gov. Dan McKee's appointee to the Ethics Commission resigned Friday, with the governor's office acknowledging the "vetting process was not adequate."

This article originally appeared in Roll Call on January 10, 2023 and was written by Kate Ackley.  

The announcement came after John Marion, the head of the citizens’ advocacy group Common Cause Rhode Island, called on McKee to “take another look” at his appointment to the state’s Ethics Commission of Bryant Da Cruz, a former South Kingstown councilman who admitted to town officials his behavior was “unacceptable” after six women accused him of sexual harassment.

“We believe the vetting process failed here. Mr. Da Cruz admitted in a news interview that he was never asked by the governor’s office about the allegations that were easily found with a Google search,” John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, said Friday.

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