Caltagirone gets past primary challenge in bid for 22nd term

Veteran lawmaker has been called on to resign

READING, Pa. - Embattled Pennsylvania state Rep. Tom Caltagirone has taken a big step forward in his bid for a 22nd term.

With 55 percent of the vote and all precincts reporting, Caltagirone, a Berks County Democrat, managed to come out on the winning end of a primary election challenge from community activist Manny Guzman.

The contested race in the 127th House District isn't the first political fight the longtime lawmaker has had to face in recent months.

Gov. Tom Wolf and other leaders have called on Caltagirone to resign amid accusations of sexual harassment involving a former staffer.

The allegations came to light late last year, after published reports revealed that $248,000 in taxpayer money was used to settle a 2015 complaint by a legislative staffer who worked for about a decade in Caltagirone's Reading office,

Caltagirone has denied any wrongdoing.

The Democrat will now go up against Republican Vincent Gagliardo in November's general election.

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