Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut is under fire. One of her male staffers threatened a female co-worker and instead of firing him, she hushed it up. Now people are calling on her to resign.
Even the editors of the Hartford Courant:
Editorial: Elizabeth Esty Must Resign
Elizabeth Esty will likely spend the next several days defending her failure to take strong steps to protect a woman who’d been threatened and bullied — by a member of her own staff — by blaming the system and talking about the good she’s done in Congress.
She shouldn’t. She should resign.
After learning about the allegations against her chief of staff, Ms. Esty, the Democratic U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 5th District, should have ensured that her former staffer was safe and that the man who’d threatened her was held accountable. Instead, she circled the wagons, called the lawyers and kept things quiet.
The story is deeply disturbing. The staff member, identified by The Washington Post as Anna Kain, had dated Tony Baker, Ms. Esty’s chief of staff. Ms. Kain sought a protective order, claiming that Mr. Baker had threatened to kill her, punched her and harassed her in Ms. Esty’s office.
“You better f—–g reply to me or I will f—–g kill you,” Tony Baker said in a recording left for Ms. Kain on May 5, 2016, according to The Post.
And now, only after the allegations came to light, she’s contrite and acknowledges the lapse.
Too little, too late.
It’s amazing to see a liberal newspaper holding a Democrat accountable.