The Daily News’ Chris Brennan reports today on a lawsuit Pennsylvania State Sen. LeAnna Washington is facing — from her former chief of staff! Sean McCray filed a lawsuit Friday that says he was wrongfully terminated and defamed by Washington.
Washington represents the 4th Senate District, which includes Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Springfield, Rockledge and eight wards in Philadelphia. McCray alleges in the lawsuit that, when he told Washington to stop using taxpayer money on a birthday party/fundraiser, she responded: “I am the fucking Senator, I do what the fuck I want, how I want, and ain’t nobody going to change me.” To be fair, this is an incredible (alleged) quote.
McCray also accuses Washington of homophobic comments about employees and telling him not to hire a lesbian. He alleges Washington’s treatment of him made him ill and depressed, causing him to seek treatment.
Washington has served in the state senate since 2005, winning Allyson Schwartz’s old seat in a special election. She also served in the state house from 1993 to 2005. Washington was charged in March with illegal use of staff over the fundraiser/birthday party. Her lawyer called the charges “thin and specious.”
She faces two fellow Cheltenham residents in today’s Democratic primary: Brian Gralnick and Art Haywood.