Skip to comments.House Democrats rush to contain scandal as more names and another harassment complaint emerge
Posted on 08/24/2013 3:11:36 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
House Democrats moved Thursday to implement reforms to guard against sexual harassment in the Capitol even as more details including names of other legislators raised more questions about relationships between staffers and lawmakers.
One lawmaker Rep. Reginald Meeks, who witnessed one of the incidents of assault said on the House floor Thursday that legislators must move swiftly to change a culture that gives a wink and a nod to harassing behavior.
The behavior of Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, remains at the center of the scandal. Detailed complaints to the Legislative Ethics Commission by two legislative staff members outline allegations of inappropriate touching and comments made by Arnold between 2010 and 2013. WFPL first reported the complaints Wednesday. A third staff member filed a complaint with the commission Thursday alleging similar conduct by Arnold dating back to 2009, as the Herald-Leader first reported .
Arnold has declined to talk to reporters and wasnt present at Thursdays meeting of the special session dealing with redistricting.
The complaints paint a picture of repeated verbal abuse of the staff members and assault, in which one staff member said Arnold hit her on the buttocks in February 2013. Copies the first two complaints were provided to Pure Politics by Thomas Clay, the attorney for two of the staffers, Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper.
The complaint also says one former House Democratic leader ignored Costners initial attempt to report an incident from March 2010 in which Arnold grabbed her underwear. Costners complaint said she told then-Democratic Whip John Will Stacy of Morgan County about the incident, which was witnessed by Meeks. Stacy told Costner that Arnold was harmless, according to the complaint.
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Congressional sexual abuse is not a crime. If you’re a democrat.
repeated verbal abuse of the staff members...What the Hell IS that? “You didn’t do what I told you to you. You need to be fired if you don’t straighten up.”?
Had to read well into the article to find out this was Kentucky...
The House here is the Kentucky House, the last Dem bastion in the South—which they control 55-45. The article suggests that this could suffice to trigger a flip to the Pubs.
Oh, yes...sorry about that.
The Dem caucus is infested with Filners, although there really are no legitimate ‘women’ in the rat ranks. Rosa DeLauro? ugh
Unfortunately, you are correct sir. It is a resume enhancer. Just ask slick Willie. It seemed to make him more popular. One thing it did, was to assure that Monica Lewinsky would never find a man to marry her. What man, in his right mind, would want to be known as the husband of the one who sexually serviced the president in the Oval Office? It did not hurt Clinton much.