Abdul Hakim Shabazz, editor of and a frequent Statehouse File columnist, has published an article in which two women accuse Republican secretary of state candidate Diego Morales (above) of sexual harassment. The article did not identify the women.

“The claims being made against me are false and I unequivocally deny all of them,” Morales told Friday.

Shortly after the release of the article, Democratic candidate Destiny Wells issued a statement, saying, “While this race has been focused on safeguarding our right to vote, we too must safeguard a woman’s right to exist in the workplace free of sexual harassment and assault.”

Libertarian Jeff Maurer also weighed in: “These are very serious allegations that speak to the moral fitness of Diego Morales. He should come forward in a public debate to answer questions about these allegations.”

Wells and Maurer debated on Tuesday while Morales declined to participate. — Tabby Fitzgerald

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