As you probably all know by now, BuzzFeed broke yet another story of sexual harassment in Congress. This time about Michigan Democrat Congressman John Conyers.
Well, Conyers finally issued a statement in response.
And just guess how the statement started.
If you guessed, “I’ve always been a strong advocate for blah-blah-blah,” give yourself a cigar.
Like I said in my previous post, “I’ve always been a strong advocate for women’s rights” is the new “Do you want to come up to my place and see the view?”
Here is John Conyer’s response (hat tip BuzzFeed).
I have long been and continue to be a fierce advocate for equality in the workplace and I fully support the rights of employees who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against to assert claims against their employers.”
I feel a “but” coming.
Because there’s always a but…
Which is just another way of saying “but.”
That said, it is important to recognize that the mere making of an allegation does not mean it is true.
Yes, Congressman. But you still paid out a settlement. Which kinda makes this seem like a lot more than an “allegation.”
The process must be fair to both the employee and the accused. The current media environment is bringing a much-needed focus to the important issue of preventing harassment in workplaces across the country.
Sounds like it’s time for another “But.”
Which is just another way of saying “but.”
However, equally important to keep in mind in this particular moment is the principle of due process and that those accused of wrongdoing are presumed innocent unless and until an investigation establishes otherwise. In our country, we strive to honor this fundamental principle that all are entitled to due process.
Don’t you love how Democrats suddenly embrace due process when it’s their ass in the sling?
In this case, I expressly and vehemently denied the allegations made against me, and continue to do so. My office resolved the allegations – with an express denial of liability – in order to save all involved from the rigors of protracted litigation.
Right, John. You did it to save all involved from the rigors of protracted litigation.
Who believes that?
My guess is, the more plausible reason was to spare your constituents from knowing that you’re a horn-dog.
That should not be lost in the narrative.
Democrats are always more concerned with the narrative, aren’t they?
Like reminding us at the outset what strong advocates for women’s issues they are.
The resolution was not for millions of dollars, but rather for an amount that equated to a reasonable severance payment.
Now there’s an odd defense.
“Obviously I didn’t do this because the settlement was so low!”
There are statutory requirements of confidentiality that apply to both the employee and me regarding this matter. To the extent the House determines to look further at these issues, I will fully cooperate with an investigation.
Sure you will, John.
My guess is if it looks like Conyers is at risk of losing his seat, he’ll start yelling about racism.
But I might think that because of this snippet from BuzzFeed’s story last night:
Another staffer said Conyers’ reputation made people fearful to speak out against him. Aside from being the longest-serving House member and the ranking member of a powerful committee, Conyers is a civil rights icon. He was lauded by Martin Luther King Jr. and is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Your story won’t do shit to him,” said the staffer. “He’s untouchable.”
If only he thought the women in his office were untouchable.
But what I find hilarious is this morning a reporter from the Associated Press turned up at Conyers’ house to question him about BuzzFeed’s explosive report. And Conyers denied it completely.
In fact, he used the Obama Defense – he just found out about the harassment case this morning.
Then, Conyers’ office had to issue a “correction” saying Conyers thought the AP was talking about some recent allegations he hadn’t heard about yet.
Okay, that’s hilarious.
Has this guy been accused of harassment so many times that he can’t keep track?
Good grief. What a mess.
But trust me, John Conyers will not be last one caught in this net.
The story is especially disgusting because taxpayers were the ones footing the bill for the settlement pay-out given to Conyer’s accuser.
And that’s not sitting well with anyone.
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