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.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. jwest says:

    Irresponsible articles such as this will now lead the public to believe that just because democrats accept bribes, they are all sexual harassers.

    Bribery has been a tradition and a mainstay of the Democrat Party, as has sexual harassment, but each has always stood on its own. Many democrats who routinely accept bribes are in committed relationships and others who habitually sexually harass their male and female underlings are rich enough that they refuse bribes. There has been no proven linkage between the two.

    As Americans, we have an obligation to keep the crimes of democrats separate and distinct.

  2. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    And he isn’t a Republican, what a surprise.

  3. tom p says:

    What is it with Florida voters? They elect impeached judges and former heads of corporations that engaged in billion dollar frauds like these things are qualifications for office…