Florida Congressman Sued For Sexual Harassment
Florida Congressman Alceee Hastings, who entered Congress after having been impeached and removed from office as a Federal Judge for bribery, is now the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former staffer:
A conservative public-interest group filed a lawsuit on Monday against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), alleging that he sexually harassed a former female staff member.
For two years, while Hastings served as co-chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), the agency’s former policy adviser, Winsome Packer, alleges she received “unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments and unwelcome touching by Mr. Hastings,” according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Judicial Watch is suing Hastings for monetary and declarative relief, maintaining that Packer suffered from insomnia, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and symptoms of coronary artery disease as a “direct result of Mr. Hastings’ sexual harassment.”
The claim against Hastings is accompanied by three others — two against the commission and one against Fred Turner, the commission’s former staff director and Hastings’s ex-chief of staff. The complaint against Turner accuses him of retaliating against Packer when she raised complaints of the alleged harassment.
The lawsuit says that Packer “was particularly vulnerable to such threats because she was a Republican working for the Democratically-controlled Commission.”
According to Judicial Watch, Packer unsuccessfully attempted to bring her complaints to the commission, the House Ethics Committee and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), commission co-chairman.
That, I suppose is what you get when an impeached judge becomes a Congressman.