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Rep. Katie Hill absolutely should have resigned Monday because having an intimate relationship with a member of your campaign staff is just so inappropriate. And Hill knew better and said so.
Before her resignation, Hill suddenly was facing a House ethics investigation.
However, it’s such a shame that it throws away what could have been a promising career for the California Democrat who was elected to Congress as a rising star among the class of first-year members elected last year who flipped the House from Republican to Democratic control.
Hill’s career particularly seemed bright as she won her House seat by defeating a Republican incumbent.
The House will be a poorer place for Hill’s absence, despite the fact that she is absolutely doing the right thing.
But also let’s be equally crystal clear about what’s not acceptable about the scandal that is forcing Hill out.
Hill is California’s first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress. The sex scandal which ultimately led to Hill’s resignation was first revealed by a right-wing website which reported the details in an extremely salacious manner, referring to the congresswoman’s “2-Yr Throuple Relationship,” as well as publishing nude photos of her.
Hill calls the photos “revenge porn” leaked by her estranged husband, whom she described as abusive. Noting that “revenge porn” is banned in both California and DC, Hill has asked for an investigation.
It is trying to layer this prurient interest on top of what was a legitimate concern about a House member’s inappropriate relationship which is absolutely wrong… and trying to intimate anything about Hill’s bisexuality.
Surprisingly, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who usually is stirring up trouble, actually turns out to be one of the good guys on this issue.
“Who among us would look perfect if every ex leaked every photo/text? Katie isn’t being investigated by Ethics or maligned because she hurt anyone — it is because she is different,” he wrote on Twitter.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
It is time to let Hill, her staff and associates move on and heal.
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