Esty Announces Decision to Retire After Mishandling Abuse Allegations

By Haris Alic

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D., Conn.) announced on Monday her retirement from Congress in the wake of revelations that she kept a senior staffer employed for three months after learning he sexually harassed and threatened to kill another co-worker.

Esty’s decision comes only hours after calling for the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into her handling of allegations made against a former chief of staff, Tony Baker.

“I went into public service to fight for equality, justice, and fairness.,” Esty wrote on her Facebook page. “It is one of the greatest honors of my life that the people of Connecticut’s Fifth District elected me to represent them in Congress. However, I have determined that it is in the best interest of my constituents and my family to end my time in Congress at the end of this year and not seek re-election.”

The Washington Post reported last week that Baker sexually harassed, threatened, and physically assaulted a former female staffer in Esty’s Capitol Hill office. The staffer, who at one point dated Baker, made the allegations in person and via email to Esty during 2014. The congresswoman, instead of placing Baker on leave or terminating his employment immediately, consulted …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon