Is Heidi DeJong Barsuglia, the energy lobbyist named in press reports as being the subject of Mike Duvall's filthy sexual boasting
, denying that she was involved with the married Republican lawmaker, who resigned
this afternoon? [SEE LATE UPDATE BELOW]
Sempra Energy, where Barsuglia works, just released the following statement:
Sempra Energy takes very seriously any reports involving the conduct of our employees. We are investigating this matter and the recent media reports that named one of our employees. The employee has denied the speculative media reports. Our investigation will be conducted to ensure not only that our policies on employee conduct are strictly adhered to, but also that our employee is treated fairly.
It's unclear exactly what Barsuglia has denied to her employers. And we've yet to hear directly from Barsuglia herself -- she didn't respond to TPMmuckraker's call for comment earlier today. So we'd better wait for more information.
But this story could be about to get even more interesting.
Late Update: A Sempra spokesman has clarified to TPMmuckraker that Barsuglia explicitly denied a sexual relationship with Duvall.