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Mon Oct 28, 2019, 03:31 AM

Katie Hill messed up, but she should not have resigned

The Antelope Valley freshman Democrat has been charged with no crime, is going through what appears to be a miserable divorce, has always been frank about her bisexuality, had a relationship with a member of her campaign staff, but has denied an accusation that she had an affair with a male congressional staffer when she got to Washington, D.C., earlier this year. She is now the subject of a House ethics probe.
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If indeed she had a sexual relationship with a staffer in her congressional office, that should have earned a slap on the wrist for the 32-year-old Democrat. To show how seriously Congress takes that sort of thing, it wasn’t even until last year that the House changed its rules to prohibit relationships between members and their employees. For decades, male lawmakers got away with those sort of shenanigans. Wouldn’t you know it, the first one to fall afoul of the rule is a woman, and a bisexual woman, at that.
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Someone released intimate photos of her that were published by the Daily Mail and the conservative website Red State, which has pursued this story with Kenneth Starr-like glee.
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There’s one more thing: Her husband, Kenneth Heslep, who says in divorce papers that he’s a stay-at-home spouse, has asked for alimony. Good luck getting it, buddy, now that her career has imploded.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-10-27/column-katie-hill-should-not-have-resigned

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2019, 06:22 AM

1. We still have some inner work to do

Democrats feel embarrassment when caught, so they resign. Republicans feel entitlement so they tough it out.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2019, 07:26 AM

2. Clutching my pearls

She is sexually active??? She occasionally enjoys marijuana???

Seriously, she did allegedly break that rule about a relationship with an employee, but it pales in comparison to what a whole lot of members of Congress have done, let alone what the oaf in the WH has done.

She's guilty of bad judgement, and it's a distraction we don't need, but this was blown way out of proportion, IMO.

Additionally, I'm a modest person for the most part, but if someone threatened to show a photo of me naked, or showed one, I'd live through it. We all have bodies. Is it really such a big deal?

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2019, 08:01 AM

3. Agreed

However, one thing leaps out for me in Ms. Hill's story.

Why did she allow intimate pictures of herself to be taken in the first place? In the internet age, one should never do that unless they are comfortable with the possibility they could become public. Kids know this. We taught our son the dangers of the internet as he grew up.

This seems so obvious that allowing the pictures to be taken illustrates poor judgment for someone who is an elected official.

Now, of course, I only hope she is succeeded by a Democrat.

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