When It Counted, Murphy Was Silent on Esty. Will It Hurt His 2020 Ambitions?April 3, 2018
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) stood by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) in the wake of allegations she mishandled an ex-staffer's abuse of others. Will it come back to haunt him?
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) initially stood by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) in the wake of allegations she arranged for a soft landing for an ex-chief of staff accused of abusing and harassing other staffers.
Murphy’s statement, reported by The CT Mirror:
“This clearly wasn’t handled the way it should have been,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “I talked to Elizabeth, and I’m glad she acknowledges this. Nobody working in a congressional office or any other setting should feel afraid to come to work.”
Murphy also said “protecting victims of workplace harassment needs to come first, and the rules of Congress need to change to ensure that happens.”
Murphy never, though, called on Esty to resign. When Esty announced her retirement from Congress this fall, Murphy chimed in by saying she made the “right” decision.
From Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who previously held Esty's seat: pic.twitter.com/N7BgWWg9nq
— Elise Viebeck (@eliseviebeck) April 2, 2018
Murphy may want to be president in 2021, and standing by a “friend and a colleague” who may have played a role in sweeping abuse under the rug is bad.
The Huffington Post‘s Matt Fuller tweeted a critique of Esty that shines a spotlight on just how bad her handling of the case was:
Pro-tip for members of Congress: If an employee calls another employee 50 times in a night and threatens to kill them, it’s not exactly a let’s-wait-three-months-to-gather-the-facts situation. https://t.co/enxgBLSOsG
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) April 3, 2018
Will Murphy change his tune in the coming weeks and months? It’s unclear, but Democratic primary voters may rule his failure to call for Esty’s resignation as a major error in judgment.
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