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GOP Candidates Call for Del. State Treasurer's Resignation

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The two Republican candidates for Delaware state treasurer are calling on incumbent Democrat Chip Flowers to resign after his former deputy accused him of harassment.

GOP candidates Ken Simpler and Sher Valenzuela issued statements Thursday calling for Flowers' resignation, saying his treatment of women is unacceptable.

“Mr. Flowers' scandal-ridden term has concerned me for years,” Mr. Simpler said. “But these latest allegations are beyond the pale. The people of Delaware deserve to be represented by someone who respects women, not someone who mistreats and harasses them. As someone with a wife and two daughters, I know that Delaware deserves more from our leaders.”

Flowers has refused to comment.

His opponent in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, Sean Barney, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Dover police said Wednesday that they are investigating a harassment complaint filed against Flowers by his former deputy treasurer, Erika Benner.

The complaint stems from an encounter between Flowers and Benner's 16-year-old son as the treasurer was waiting to participate in a Fourth of July parade in Dover.

Benner resigned last year after repeatedly misusing her state credit card.

Simpler said there needs to be a refocus on the management of the state treasury.

“It's time for a grown-up conversation about the future of the Treasury,” said Simpler. “And Chip Flowers needs to remove himself from that conversation. He's wasted his chance, and I have to wonder who is watching our portfolio while Mr. Flowers is consumed by yet another scandal. Your tax dollars are at risk while Mr. Flowers continues to misbehave.”

In October, Simpler went before the Cash Management Policy Board in an effort to force Flowers to disclose the performance of the state's portfolio.

Editor's note: Ken Simpler sits on the board of the company that owns WBOC TV.

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