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Esty’s Excuse: I Gave Abusive Staffer a Letter of Rec So He Wouldn’t Get a Job

April 11, 2018 By Staff
Esty’s Excuse: I Gave Abusive Staffer a Letter of Rec So He Wouldn’t Get a Job

In what world does Elizabeth Esty's explanation of her conduct make sense?

After a near-week of mostly silence, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) is speaking out about the scandal concerning her abusive ex-chief of staff.

The CT Mirror‘s Ana Radelat reported that Esty “wrote a glowing reference letter” for her ex-staffer, Tony Baker, “with the understanding he would leave Washington, D.C., providing ‘space’ and protection to another former aide, Anna Kain, who has accused Baker of physical and verbal abuse.”

Esty told WTNH‘s George Colli that “it was a mistake to give him assistance to find a job.”

“I knew he’d be able to get another job with ten years experience in Washington. He didn’t need a recommendation for that, he could get one anyway. I had no power to keep him out of Washington.”

Esty seems to be wavering between remorse and defense of her actions. But the suggestion that she would give an abusive staffer a letter of recommendation so he would leave Washington, D.C. rings hollow.

A watchdog group has called on the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate Esty’s conduct. Most Democrats close to Esty have remained muted or silent on her behavior, since the scandal broke.