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EXCLUSIVE: Esty Opponent Manny Santos Calls on Her to Resign; Blasts “Terrible” Judgment

March 30, 2018 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Esty Opponent Manny Santos Calls on Her to Resign; Blasts “Terrible” Judgment

Manny Santos, a veteran and former mayor of Meriden, called out Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) in an exclusive interview on Friday.

Manny Santos, the former mayor of Meriden and a GOP opponent seeking to unseat Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) this fall, called on Esty to resign in a Friday interview with Reclaim Connecticut.

“Yes,” Santos said, when asked if he thinks Esty should resign from Congress.

Two bombshell reports published Thursday night found Esty helped an abusive ex-chief of staff land a new job in Ohio, even after Esty knew of some of the allegations against the staffer.

“I’m not the type of individual with the knee-jerk reaction of ‘resign,'” Santos said. “But what has come out, and just brought to my attention, is a couple years ago she introduced some bill in Congress to put in place safeguards to combat sexual harassment in Congress. So in congressional offices. And she made some sort of statement that would not lead anyone to believe that this occurred in her own staff. So it’s evident that she’s been hiding it in her comments regarding that very bill. There’s no other way to describe as Elizabeth Esty being a hypocrite.”

“TERRIBLE” JUDGMENT

Asked for his thoughts on the allegations against Esty, Santos did not parse words.

“Her judgment was terrible,” the former mayor of Meriden said.

“There seems to be more and more information coming out, since this news broke out last night,” Santos said. “Her judgment alone in the way this was handled is very questionable.”

“Her recommendation of Tony Baker to get another job only put other people at risk,” Santos added. “That’s troubling.”

NOT FIT?

Santos also suggested the allegations against Esty make her unfit to serve the Fifth Congressional District.

“If she can’t manage a small staff like that, and keep her employees safe and comfortable to come to her with any issues, I’m not sure she can represent the Fifth Congressional District.”

Kyle Kondik, of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which rates the congressional races in each election cycle, moved CT-05 from “Safe Democrat” to only “Likely Democrat” on Friday, in light of the Esty news.