Remember a few weeks back when it was revealed that members of Congress had used taxpayer funds to settle cases of sexual harassment? Here’s a perfect example of that outrage from Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings.
Roll Call reports:
Exclusive: Taxpayers Paid $220K to Settle Case Involving Rep. Alcee Hastings
The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.
Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.
Hastings has called Packer’s charges “ludicrous” and in documents said he never sexually harassed her.
“Until this evening, I had not seen the settlement agreement between the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and Ms. Packer,” the congressman said in a statement Friday night. “This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made.”
Whether he knew about it at the time or not, what he should do now is pay it back.
Florida taxpayers deserve a refund on this.