This explains why CPAC vice chair Charlie Gerow resigned last week. Readers may remember Gerow from 2021 when he was running for governor in Pennsylvania, and was involved in a crash that killed a motorcyclist. Gerow maintained he did nothing wrong, but apparently drove for several miles with the motorcycle and the man he killed stuck to his grille.
A senior board member of the parent organization behind the prominent Conservative Political Action Conference who resigned on Friday urged an independent investigation into additional allegations of sexual misconduct against Chairman Matt Schlapp.
The vice chairman of the board of the American Conservative Union, Charlie Gerow, announced his resignation on Friday in a letter to other directors that called on them to authorize an investigation including any additional allegations that they or staff have become aware of, according to multiple people familiar with the letter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
In addition to that lawsuit, some board members and staffers have been told about other incidents involving Schlapp, 55, and two younger men, multiple people with direct knowledge of the situation said.
In one incident, a staffer said Schlapp attempted to kiss him while drinking late after a work function in 2017. The staffer also provided documentation from that night to The Washington Post showing physical contact that the staffer said was unsolicited.
In another incident, Schlapp allegedly made unwanted physical advances on someone else’s employee during a CPAC business trip in Palm Beach, Fla., in early 2022, according to multiple people informed of the incident. The alleged victim did not respond to requests for comment.
Schlapp did not respond to requests for comment.
He quietly disappeared from Fox after the first allegation. It seems he’s disappeared from the social network formerly known at Twitter as well, for now, anyway.
A member of the ACU’s executive committee, Matt Smith, defended Schlapp in a statement this Saturday. We’ll see how long the supposed party of “family values” that loves to attack the LGBTQ community stands by their man.