Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings is in hot water. Again.
The long-serving representative is now being investigated over an allegedly inappropriate relationship with a staffer.
How does a man like this keep getting reelected?
The Hill reports:
Ethics panel investigating Rep. Hastings over relationship with staffer
The House Ethics Committee revealed on Thursday that it is investigating Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) over whether his relationship with a member of his staff breaks House rules.
Hastings has admitted to being in a relationship with his aide, Patricia Williams, who serves as his deputy district director.
The committee is now investigating whether Hastings violated House rules with that relationship and if he received any improper gifts from that employee.
The House last year adopted a rule preventing members of Congress from having a sexual relationship with a member of their staff.
“The Committee is aware of public allegations arising out of Representative Alcee Hastings’ personal relationship with an individual employed in his congressional office,” House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and the panel’s ranking Republican, Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas), said in a joint statement, without identifying the staffer.
The statement said that the committee had begun an investigation on May 14, but did not reveal it publicly until Thursday.
Hastings has dismissed ethical concerns about his relationship, telling the Palm Beach Post “it’s been looking like that for 25 years” according to a story published last month.
More details here:
House Ethics Committee announces that Rep. Alcee Hastings is under investigation for allegations of a relationship with one of his staffers. pic.twitter.com/v2055kzHRw
— Colin Wilhelm (@colinwilhelm) November 14, 2019
This guy has got quite a history:
ICYMI Alcee Hastings was impeached and removed when he was a judge for accepting a bribe
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) November 14, 2019
Alcee Hastings — one of the less than two dozen people who have been impeached in the House (and, even rarer, convicted in the Senate). https://t.co/JnLSw2q3kP
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) November 15, 2019
Maybe he should just retire.