The Lincoln Project condemned its co-founder John Weaver in an official statement released Sunday, after a New York Times report published nearly two dozen testimonies that accused the Republican political strategist of sexual harassment stretching back a number of years.
Prior to co-founding the Lincoln Project, a political action committee that consists of current and former Republicans who sought to prevent Donald Trump from keeping office during the 2020 election season, Weaver served as an adviser to former presidential candidates John McCain and John Kasich during their respective campaigns.
“John Weaver led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level. He is a predator, a liar, and an abuser. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior,” the Lincoln Project said in Sunday’s statement. “We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these means.”
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— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 31, 2021
The Times article detailed sexual misconduct allegations from 21 men, each of whom reportedly received unsolicited messages from Weaver, over text or other digital interfaces, containing provocative or explicitly sexual advances. Some of the men were teenagers when the alleged harassment took place, and in several instances, Weaver’s sexual propositions offered career opportunities in exchange. The newspaper reviewed accusers’ correspondence with Weaver prior to publishing Sunday’s report. (Read more from “Lincoln Project ‘Disgusted and Outraged’ Over ‘Secret Life’ of Co-Founder” HERE)