The would-be Vancouver Island BC NDP candidate who dropped her bid earlier this week claims she faced sexual harassment and a smear campaign at the hands of a former campaign manager.
Cowichan Valley prospect Georgia Collins detailed the claims in a pair of letters to party executives released with a statement Friday, saying she couldn’t be silent about sexism.
In them she claims Dwaine Martin became infatuated with her, then retaliated when she didn’t return his advances.
Collins claims he was abusive in communications and began spreading malicious gossip in her riding among competitors.
That alleged behaviour was partly detailed in a September Facebook post, which she claims later became a point of contention in party vetting.
She further claims the party played down her concerns, and failed to provide an arms-length, internal process to air her concerns.
But the alleged source of Collins’ harassment is turning the tables, and says he’s planning to sue her for defamation.
“I’m appalled. It’s categorically false,” he says.
Dwaine Martin says he left Collins’ campaign last spring after a rocky stint which saw him quit three times.
He says despite the allegations now aired, she’s never brought any formal complaint against him… and in fact, says he’s had one filed against her since her September Facebook post.
“I in no way ever pursued her, never talked sexually, never even made sexual jokes or innuendos. There was never any quid pro quo. All of that is absolutely malicious.”
Martin says since leaving Collins’ campaign he’s gone to work for her rivals, saying she could be targeting him for that reason.