Esty Needs to Go, Connecticut Congressional Delegation Needs to Make It Happen

This isn’t even a close call. Conn. US Rep. Elizabeth Esty, supposed champion of the #metoo movement, protected and supported a dangerous abuser for months after she was told of stunning allegations. There are plenty of people in the fifth district who can effectively represent it. Esty needs to go and the entirely Democratic state congressional delegation and other Democratic leaders need to help make it happen. Or they face charges that they too are nothing but hypocrites.

US Rep. E,izabeth Esty (D-Conn. 5th).

The images of the pink, cat-ears hats are everywhere now as her duplicity is laid bare. Word of credible accusations of harassment and assault against her then-chief of staff Tony Baker reached her but it took three months for Esty to act on it. To add insult to injury, Esty wrote a recommendation letter for Baker for his next job at the gun-control advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise and gave him a $5,000 severance.

 

This part is just as important—and I will call them out by name: US Reps. Rosa DeLauro, John Larson, Jim Himes, Joe Courtney, US Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and Gov. Dan Malloy need to top hiding behind claims of being “disappointed” or “disheartened.” They to show the courage of their convictions and call for Esty’s resignation.

While we’re at it, the same goes for Connecticut Citizen Action Group’s Tom (who would be hyperventilating if this was about a Republican congresswoman) and state Rep. Liz Linehan, both of whom were quoted in the Hartford Courant as stopping short of harshly criticizing Esty.

The story has gained national attention. Baker was in a relationship with fellow Esty staffer Anna Kain (who has been widely identified and quoted in the media). To say Baker was an abuser is an understatement. Among other things, he left a voice mail for Kain in May of 2016 that said, “You better f—–g reply to me or I will f—–g kill you.” Kain provided a copy of the tape to the Washington Post. She filed a report with police for felony threatening and obtained a restraining order against him. Baker himself needs an old-fashioned, Pier-6, Terry O’Reilly beat down.

According to emails provided to the post, Esty found out about the whole situation within a week. So, Congresswoman Esty—champion of women, leader of the #metoo movement and overall leader for equality—fired Baker, right? Wrong. She hid behind the guise of an internal investigation. According to the emails, Esty spoke to Kain on May 11. Kain said she provided detailed allegations that Baker had punched, berated and sexually harassed her in Esty’s Capitol Hill office throughout 2014, while she worked as Esty’s senior adviser, according to the Post.

Esty proceeded to provide Baker with some golden boxing gloves. She provided him with a $5,000 severance and a glowing review for his next gig with, Sandy Hook Promise, a gun-control advocacy group.

Again, this is not complicated, it’s not a close call, it’s not a “let’s wait and see.” The aforementioned Connecticut Democrats would be apoplectic if this was a Republican US Rep. They’d be screaming from the highest mountain.

Hasta la vista, Esty. And don’t let the door hit you in the hypocritical behind.

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