Democrat lawmaker Jackie Speier (CA) has just dropped a bombshell that most people probably didn’t see coming. According to her, two current Congressional members have engaged in sexual harassment against their staffers.
From Roll Call:
Two current lawmakers allegedly have sexually harassed congressional staff in the past. And a former staffer reportedly asked to deliver papers to a member’s home was greeted by him wearing only a towel.
Such allegations are rare. Members of Congress seldom criticize colleagues for misconduct, especially when the allegation is sexual harassment. Speier and Comstock’s accounts are among dozens detailing a hostile and predatory environment for female staffers that have emerged after accusations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein seemingly broke through a conspiracy of silence pervasive in many of the nation’s most respected and influential institutions.
Accusations involving current and former members of Congress and staff have reinvigorated efforts to provide more protections for victims on the Hill. But so far, no prominent lawmakers have been named.
More, via CBS News:
Speier is currently drafting a bill to reform the sexual harassment complaint filing processes within the Office of Compliance, and has has already introduced legislation that would require sexual harassment awareness training for lawmakers and their staff.
Later in the hearing, Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Virginia, who sits on the committee, also mentioned, without specific identification, that she was told of a currently-serving congressman who had exposed himself to a young female staffer after asking her to deliver documents to his house. The staffer has since quit her job, according to Comstock.
“This member asked a staffer to bring them over some materials to their residence,” she said in the hearring. “And a young staffer ― it was a young woman ― went there and was greeted with a member in a towel. It was a male, who then invited her in. At that point, he decided to expose himself. She left, and then she quit her job.”
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) October 27, 2017
Yikes! Stay tuned…