Ramón Alexander will not seek re-election amid harassment complaint

A married rising star of the Florida Democratic Party will not seek re-election after a man with whom he claims to have had a consensual relationship accused him of sexual harassment.

Rep. Ramon Alexander, 37, was expected to lead the Sunshine State House Democratic Caucus in the next term.

But Alexander backed out of that role. on Thursday after former Florida A&M University employee Michael Johnson Jr. accused him of groping and sending him unwanted text messages.

Alexander, who is married with two children, denied Johnson’s version of events, saying they had had a consensual relationship.

But Alexander released a statement Thursday saying, “After careful consideration and personal reflection, I will not seek re-election to my final term in the Florida House of Representatives.”

The lawmaker has said he is prioritizing repairing his relationship with his wife and family.

Johnson worked in the university’s athletics department and made the allegations after being fired in 2020. Alexander is a graduate of Florida A&M and has close ties to the school.

“Words will never fully describe how grateful I have been for all these years to represent and fight for my community in the Florida Legislature,” Alexander said in his statement. “Meaningful public service has always been about making a meaningful difference in the lives of others without self-promotion, showmanship, or fanfare.”

Alexander had become a frequent foil for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, clashing with him on issues ranging from the state’s COVID-19 policies to the governor’s push to remove critical race theory from schools.

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