Anti-Trump Pennsylvania Democrat resigns over botching amendment for child abuse victims

Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth, has been forced to resign after she botched the process to pass an amendment that would have aided child sexual abuse victims, Breitbart reported.

Boockvar became known nationally for her role in circumventing Pennsylvania’s Republican legislature in order to change the state’s voting laws for the 2020 election.

However, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf claimed that Boockvar’s resignation has nothing to do with this.

“This change at the Department of State has nothing to do with the administration of the 2020 election, which was fair and accurate,” Wolf said.

What did she do?

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania had been working to pass an amendment to the state constitution that would extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse to bring lawsuits against their abusers. But just when the state was on the brink of getting the amendment passed, Boockvar bungled it.

In November 2019, the amendment passed the Pennsylvania state legislature and was going to be placed on the ballot this May.

All the was required, under state law, was for the amendment to be advertised in two newspapers in every Pennsylvania county in each of the three months leading up to the General Assembly election in November of 2020.

Boockvar, whose office was responsible for this task, failed to do the advertising, meaning it may be back to square one for the amendment.

The resignation

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced that Boockvar will resign from her position as the head of Pennsylvania’s Department of State by the end of the week.

“The delay caused by this human error will be heartbreaking for thousands of survivors of childhood sexual assault, advocates and legislators, and I join the Department of State in apologizing to you,” Wolf said. “I share your anger and frustration that this happened, and I stand with you in your fight for justice.”

Pennsylvania’s Department of State also claimed in a statement that the failure to advertise the amendment was “simple human error.”

“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished for the people of Pennsylvania,” Boockvar said. “I’ve always believed that accountability and leadership must be a cornerstone of public service. While I only became aware of the mistake last week, and immediately took steps to alert the administration to the error, I accept responsibility on behalf of the department.”

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