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Ds, Rs, and Nonpartisans Agree: Investigation Into Esty Needs to Speed Up

October 15, 2018 By Staff
Ds, Rs, and Nonpartisans Agree: Investigation Into Esty Needs to Speed Up

Hearst's Rob Ryser checked in on the Esty investigation, interviewing the woman who accused Esty's chief of staff of harassment, the Republican nominee in the Fifth District race, a nonpartisan watchdog, and Esty herself.

On Sunday, Hearst published a new and much-needed update on the investigation into Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), who earlier this year was accused of helping an abusive ex-chief of staff land a new job after he was accused of sexual harassment by a former Esty staffer.

For those who forget the scandal, here was Reclaim Connecticut’s write-up when the story first broke:

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) helped an ex-chief of staff land a job at Sandy Hook Promise, an anti-gun non-profit, even after the staffer was accused of making threats to another former Esty staffer.

That’s the conclusion of bombshell investigations by CT Post and The Washington Post, first revealed on Thursday evening.

Esty announced shortly after the scandal first became public that she would not seek reelection to her Fifth Congressional District seat in 2018. Former Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes is the Democratic nominee to replace her, and ex-Mayor Manny Santos (R-Meriden) is the Republican nominee.

Hearst‘s Rob Ryser checked in with several Fifth District voices on the scandal, and on the congressional investigation into the conduct of Esty and her abusive ex-chief of staff.

All agreed on a few major things: the congressional investigation needs to speed up, and it needs to be more transparent.

ANNA KAIN, the woman who accused ex-chief of staff Tony Baker of harassment: “The (House) ethics committee has a responsibility to take their investigation seriously and work with expediency,” Kain said during an interview last week from Washington, D.C., where she works for a political consulting firm. “Doing so would make clear their desire to inform themselves and improve the process.”

SANTOS, the GOP nominee in 2018: “There is not enough transparency in this process, and frankly we would not need all of this if Esty did what was right and removed Tony Baker immediately and give Anna Kain the respect she deserves,” Santos said.

KENDRA ARNOLD, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT; a nonpartisan watchdog): “The facts, including Congresswoman Esty’s own public statements, are clear, disturbing and incriminating for Esty,” said Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. “While we understand investigations take some time, we also expect our House members to be held accountable for serious ethic breaches in a timely manner, and we fully expect the Office of Congressional Ethics to act on this important case soon.”

ESTY: “I am doing everything in my power to get them to do a full and fair investigation to see if I broke any law or rule or regulation,” Esty said.

It’s unclear as of now whether the investigation will wrap up before Esty is scheduled to leave office, in early January 2019.