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Two Milwaukee DNC leaders under investigation after internal complaints about 'climate and culture'

Posted: 9:39 PM, Feb 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-04 12:32:10-05
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MILWAUKEE — The Democratic National Convention is now investigating two leaders of the DNC host committee after complaints about climate and culture at the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee office.

A senior DNC official tells TMJ4 that Liz Gilbert, president of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee, will not be working out of the office this week while an investigation by the Board of Directors is underway.

Adam Alonso, the committee's chief of staff, was also placed on administrative leave.

The senior DNC official tells TMJ4 they were made aware of issues over the weekend. The board wants it to be a safe and supportive environment for people to work.

Paul Vornholt, Chief of Staff to Mayor Tom Barrett, issued the following statement:

"The mayor supports a process to fully investigate the serious concerns that have been brought forward."

Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention, also issued the following statement:

"The Democratic party is firm in our belief that every person deserves to feel safe and respected at their place of work and we will always take seriously claims of bullying and workplace harassment. The claims made by employees of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee present an unacceptable and upsetting environment. The Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Board of Directors is moving forward with a plan to restore an office culture that aligns with the values and expectations of our party."

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