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Wed Jan 23, 2019, 03:06 PM

Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves 2 Posts After Aide Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault

Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON ó Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, facing fallout from a lawsuit claiming she fired an aide who said she was sexually assaulted by a supervisor at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, said on Wednesday she had decided to resign as the foundationís chairwoman.

Ms. Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat in her 13th term, also stepped aside temporarily from an important House Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship, the committee said.

Ms. Jackson Lee made the decision to step aside from both roles as pressure was growing within her own party to account for the claims in a Jan. 11 lawsuit brought by a woman who worked in her congressional office and who said she was sexually assaulted by a Black Caucus Foundation supervisor. Ms. Jackson Lee has adamantly denied that she fired the woman for retribution after the woman indicated she wanted to pursue legal action, but she planned to say Wednesday that she would step aside nonetheless.




Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/us/politics/sheila-jackson-lee-cbc-chairwoman.html

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Reply Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves 2 Posts After Aide Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault (Original post)
Jose Garcia Jan 2019 OP
nycbos Jan 2019 #1
McCamy Taylor Jan 2019 #2
brooklynite Jan 2019 #5
Judi Lynn Jan 2019 #6
oldsoftie Jan 2019 #7
madville Jan 2019 #12
hughee99 Jan 2019 #14
McCamy Taylor Jan 2019 #3
pecosbob Jan 2019 #4
orleans Jan 2019 #8
rusty fender Jan 2019 #10
orleans Jan 2019 #11
brush Jan 2019 #9
allgood33 Jan 2019 #13

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 03:14 PM

1. Jesus why on earth does someone think this is acceptable?

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Response to nycbos (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 03:24 PM

2. Jesus, why does some believe everything they hear (if it is something negative?)

For all we know, the employee was fired for cause and decided to get back at those who fired her. I understand why the news media wants to (at least pretend to) believe every salacious story. But we at DU have no ulterior motives, do we? We have no vested interest in pushing any particular narrative, especially one aimed at hurting a stalwart Democrat. Do we?

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 05:15 PM

5. So, if the accused is a Democrat, the charge should be discarded?

Keep in mind, we're talking about an actual lawsuit (with the threat of a perjury charge), not an anonymous allegation.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 06:27 PM

6. It does separate the Democrats here from poseurs, always has. Conspicuously. Thanks. n/t

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 09:03 PM

7. I would think if the charges were baseless, she wouldn't resign her 2 positions.

if all it took to get someone out of a position was file a frivolous lawsuit, we'd be over run with them. Has the CBC spoke out in her defense? No, they gave her the ultimatum to leave or be voted out. They are not a group that gets pushed around. Obviously they think there is a legitimate issue here.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2019, 09:49 AM

12. The CBC Foundation gave her an ultimatum

She had to resign or she was going to be removed by a vote, sounds like the case has some merit. Doesn't really matter, her district will stay Democratic even if she has to resign her House seat.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2019, 11:13 AM

14. Has #believewomen outlived its usefulness?

I donít know whether the allegations themselves are true or not but if Lee is stepping down from any positions, I suspect itís because they were reported to her, and she didnít handle them well.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 03:26 PM

3. Thank you for sharing, Joe Garcia. I still admire Lee. She is a strong Democrat.

Just the kind of Democrat Trump would not want on the House judiciary committee. The way he did not want Al Franken in the Senate.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 03:36 PM

4. There is also an article on TPM concerning this

I lived in Ms. Jackson Lee's district for decades and am sorry to see this. When the news of the lawsuit first came out a month or more ago I saw this coming. I sincerely hope that she is exonerated and I also hope that the days of public officials sweeping employee abuse under the rug are over.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/jackson-lee-forced-from-leadership-roles-after-lawsuit

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211715208

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 10:39 PM

8. ...

i'm looking for a facepalm emoji but can't find one.
we really need one for times like this





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Response to orleans (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 11:48 PM

10. How about this:

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 11:53 PM

11. yes! couldn't find it... n/t

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 11:40 PM

9. Let the details come out pls before rushing to condemn.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2019, 10:12 AM

13. There is more to this story than the headlines.

 

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