Pa. Democratic Party chair resigns under pressure from Wolf

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Democratic Party chairman said he's acceding to Gov. Tom Wolf's request that he resign in the wake of his comments to a columnist about the party's responses to sexual misconduct allegations against politicians.

In a statement Friday, Marcel Groen said he didn't agree with Wolf's assessment, but didn't want to be a distraction to the party. At one point in The Philadelphia Inquirer's column, Groen said Wolf is already unhappy with him.

Groen said some comments were taken out of context and some were inaccurate, but he also said he should have spoken more artfully and clearly.

Groen, 72, is a Montgomery County lawyer who became party chairman in 2015.

The columnist, Will Bunch, said all of Groen's comments were reported accurately and the context stands for itself.

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