The Hartford Courant, Connecticut’s largest newspaper, wants Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) to resign over a major domestic abuse scandal.
Anna Kain, a female congressional staffer has accused Tony Baker, a former chief-of-staff for Esty, of punching her and threatening to kill her.
“You better f—–g reply to me or I will f—–g kill you,” Tony Baker said in a recording left for Kain on May 5, 2016, according to The Washington Post.
Esty found out about these allegations in against him in May 2016. She allowed him to remain in his $136,000 position for nearly three months while her office conducted an internal investigation and then paid Baker a $5,000 severance payment to leave.
Esty apologized and admitted she should’ve fired him earlier.
The irony is that Esty has been one of the biggest advocates for the #MeToo movement.
In demanding her resignation, the newspaper called out her hypocrisy.
“Ms. Esty had every opportunity — and every responsibility — to at least suspend Mr. Baker on the spot and hold him accountable for his behavior. Instead, she went with the script that has cloaked sexual assault and harassment in Congress for decades. She is complicit.
Ms. Esty herself was among those who called for the resignation of fellow U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who stepped down late last year after allegations that he had sexually harassed female staff members.”
Esty represents a competitive district. Hillary Clinton carried the district by just 4 percentage points, 50%-46%. Obama narrowly won Connecticut’s 5th in 2012 by just 9 points, 54%-45%.
In 2012, Esty won the district in 2012 by just 4 points, 52%-48%. She won re-election by 7 points in 2014 and 16 points in 2016.
The only Republican currently running against her is Craig Diangelo, a former two-term New Britain city alderman, and a former IT worker. He became a conservative activist after getting laid off and training an H1-B immigrant worker. Diangelo has appeared in national media, and recently on 60 Minutes.