Delaware lawmakers call on State Auditor to take leave of absence

Delaware Democratic leaders in Dover are now calling on State Auditor Kathy McGuiness to take a leave of absence following her indictment on misconduct charges.

Senate leadership issued the following statement, saying “today we urge Auditor McGuiness to place the public’s interests ahead of her own. At a minimum, she should take a voluntary leave of absence while the Department of Justice’s investigation is ongoing and while the Delaware State Senate considers its own Constitutional obligations in this matter.”

Democratic House leaders also called on McGuiness to step down temporarily, saying they are “concerned that the ongoing investigation and her legal defense will make it increasingly difficult for the auditor to effectively run an agency that is the watchdog of public funds.”

McGuiness was charged by a grand jury Monday with fraud, nepotism, and official misconduct.

Through her attorney, McGuiness has denied any and all wrongdoing. She has no plans to step down at this time and instead said she intends to focus on the job that she was elected to do.

If convicted, she faces 13 years in prison.

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