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Reports: Esty Helped With Soft Landing for Ex-Chief of Staff Accused of Harassment

March 30, 2018 By Staff
Reports: Esty Helped With Soft Landing for Ex-Chief of Staff Accused of Harassment

Bombshell reports from CT Post and The Washington Post have raised serious questions for Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.).

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.

CT Post‘s Dan Freedman reported on Friday:

A former staff member for Rep. Elizabeth Esty said she was punched, screamed at and threatened with death by the congresswoman’s then-chief of staff, who after being fired in 2016, went to work for Sandy Hook Promise on Esty’s recommendation.

Esty admits to paying the former chief of staff, Tony Baker, a $5,000 severance — money she said she has personally repaid to the U.S. Treasury — and giving a favorable recommendation to Sandy Hook Promise for a job from which he was apparently fired.

And The Washington Post‘s Elise Viebeck reported:

The threat from Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s chief of staff arrived in a voice mail.

“You better f—–g reply to me or I will f—–g kill you,” Tony Baker said in the May 5, 2016, recording left for Anna Kain, a former Esty aide Baker had once dated.

Kain, who provided a copy of the recording to The Washington Post, alerted the police, filed a report for felony threats and obtained a 12-month restraining order against Baker.

According to emails obtained by The Post, Esty found out about the episode within a week. At that point, the Connecticut Democrat took matters into her own hands.

Rather than firing or suspending Baker, the congresswoman consulted her personal attorneys and advisers, she said. She also spoke to Kain on May 11, emails show; Kain said she provided detailed allegations that Baker had punched, berated and sexually harassed her in Esty’s Capitol Hill office throughout 2014, while she worked as Esty’s senior adviser.

Daily Ructions’ Kevin Rennie shared a Facebook post from a former Esty staffer, who said “Esty speaking out today is not brave, she did not address the situation and instead has tried to keep this locked up.”

And a former intern of Esty’s tweeted on Thursday night:

Esty said she personally repaid the severance she gave Baker, but Baker earned nearly half-a-million dollars ($427,383.04) in salary and compensation from Esty’s office, from 2013 through 2016, according to LegiStorm records.