#MeToo Claims Another Scalp in Rep. Esty…Wait, What?! [VIDEO]
#MeToo Claims Another Scalp in Rep. Esty…Wait, What?! [VIDEO]
Yes, your faithful correspondent has this typed in correctly. Rep. Elizabeth Esty [D-Conn], acknowledged #MeToo feminist champion, has declared she will not stand for reelection on November.
Connecticut Rep. Esty won't seek re-election amid calls for her to resign because of her handling of a sex harassment case. https://t.co/tLRkwbHrN8
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 2, 2018
SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!!
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.): "I have determined that it is in the best interest of my constituents and my family to end my time in Congress at the end of this year and not seek re-election." https://t.co/4e9CbQNbQh
— Steven Shepard (@POLITICO_Steve) April 2, 2018
Oops. Guess it is.
What on EARTH could have caused this bastion of liberalism, feminism, #MeToo ism and take-your-guns-awayisms to cave, when she SWORE she would never leave?
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement, has found herself in the awkward position of apologizing for not protecting female staffers in her Washington office who say they experienced violence, death threats and sexual harassment by her former chief of staff.
She dismissed calls Friday to step down.
The Democrat has issued press releases calling for tougher harassment protections for congressional staff and was among those demanding that then-U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan resign amid allegations of misconduct with staff. She issued her own public mea culpa Thursday following newspaper reports she did not suspend or fire the chief of staff until three months after learning about allegations against him in 2016.
She sure didn’t have any problem saying she was staying in Congress come Hell or high water, even after she’d ridden poor, dirty old man John Conyers like a horse to his resignation. She even masterfully exploited the subtle Democratic art of massaging terms like “HUSH MONEY” into press friendly phrases like:
…regrets providing “even the slightest assistance to this individual as he sought a new job.”
Oh, yes. “Assistance.” What a Samaritan. Not. The “hush money” was $5000 paid to the staff abuser she protected once she finally canned his worthless derriere. And got him a job with a gun control group she started.
Esty has since apologized and admits Baker was paid $5,000 in hush money.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Esty also provided Baker a recommendation for a job with Sandy Hook Promise.
Our very own Nina Bookout covered the horrifying abuse Esty staffers suffered through at Baker’s hands.
But she protected this creep, gave him go away money and got him another job. And when she got busted for it? The following is what’s known in the business as “the wrap yourself in Old Glory double down”:
So, with all the fierce posturing, careful word crafting and righteous indignation that “mistakes were made,” “oops,” and “it’s everyone’s fault but mine”…what happened?
Now, she’d gotten some mealy mouthed pseudo defense from people like mealy mouthed, pseudo Marine Sen Richard Blumenthal [D-Conn] …
…Esty received mild criticism from fellow Democratic members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, with nearly all noting that Esty acknowledged she had made mistakes.
“I’m deeply disappointed. I’m just learning the facts,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters while attending an event in Connecticut.
Asked whether Esty should resign, the senator said, “what she does in the future is really a decision for her constituents. She needs to talk to her constituents.”
…which probably led her to believe she could tough it out if she blustered enough. Then she threw one last, pretty cagey lifeline out to Congress Monday afternoon, asking for an ethics review. You know. To see if she “did anything wrong“:
“Although we worked with the House Employment Counsel to investigate and ultimately dismiss this employee for his outrageous behavior with a former staffer, I believe it is important for the House Ethics Committee to conduct its own inquiry into this matter,” Esty said in a written statement, acknowledging “it certainly was far from a perfect process.”
Esty said she wants the committee to “clarify whether there was any wrongdoing” on her part.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement issued before Esty announced she would not seek another term, “As Congresswoman Esty has acknowledged, her actions did not protect Ms. Kain and should have. Congresswoman Esty has now appropriately requested an expedited review by the Ethics Committee.”
But that gambit was a bridge too far, too late, when even her state’s legislators were calling for her head. And she had to know it. #RealityBites you in the butt sometimes, even female Democrats whose named don’t start with “H” and end in “illary.”
In a completely nausea inducing, self-serving Facebook post, she bid adieu this afternoon to further attempts to hold her office after her term expires. A snippet, because…well, because. [Content Warning: EXTREME DRECK]:
…Too many women have been harmed by harassment in the workplace. In the terrible situation in my office, I could have and should have done better. To the survivor, I want to express my strongest apology for letting you down. In Congress, and workplaces across the country, we need stronger workplace protections and to provide employees with a platform to raise concerns, address problems, and work to reduce and eliminate such occurrences, in the first place. In my final months in Congress, I will use my power to fight for action and meaningful change…
I’ll give you a second to recover.
I won’t even begin to pretend that the schadenfreude isn’t deep with this one. It’s like she had her little pink hat pulled down over her eyes at work, and the “rules” are only for elevator pervs like Conyers. To their great discredit and disgrace, the howling pack of liberal Congressional giants who hounded Al Franken et al from office must have been out marching for their lives when word of this broke. Haven’t heard much from them. In fact, Blumenthal’s tepid “very disappointed” reminds me of someone…
…but I digress. ARE the rules different if the abuse enabler wears #MeToo knits on the weekend? We need to clear this up, stat! Did her status as the Sandy Hook rep also play into sympathies? Even more revolting if it did. Pfft. Well, you KNOW it did. Hate to lose someone with moral authority, right? PFFFT.
And she still didn’t R-E-S-I-G-N. Just gonna ride it out. Neat trick.
Conyers and Franken are probably wishing they could say, “Hey! Wait a minute! #MeToo!!”