Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty announces she won't seek re-election

03 April, 2018, 03:15 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty

"The decision of the congresswoman to do the right thing will not only impact Elizabeth and her family, but more importantly the 700,000 constituents of the 5th Congressional District, her staff in both Washington and CT, and more importantly the victim who has had to relive this horrendous experience through the media again and again", he said. Elizabeth Esty to resign emerged at the state Capitol Monday as the congresswoman remains under fire for how she handled domestic violence allegations against her since-fired top adviser.

"It is one of the greatest honors of my life that the people of Connecticut's Fifth District elected me to represent them in Congress", the Connecticut Democrat wrote in a Facebook post published Monday evening.

Her decision to keep Baker on staff for months following the allegations, combined with the severance agreement, have led to calls from both sides of the aisle for Esty to step down - calls she has refused.

The district includes Newtown, where the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre occurred.

A senior congressional source said before her announcement that Democrats on Capitol Hill admit that she is in a "tenuous position" and conversations are starting to pick up about her future among lawmakers and staffs.

Mr. Baker declined a request to be interviewed on Monday, but through a spokesman, Andrew Ricci, said that he disputed none of Ms. Kain's allegations except for the claim that he had punched her.

Esty, who has been called upon to resign by other CT politicians including fellow Democrats, says she'll work to improve workplace protections during her final months in office.

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Referencing a House Ethics Committee investigation Esty had requested Monday Klarides said: "I don't think we need an ethics investigation to confirm what we already know".

"To the survivor, I want to express my strongest apology for letting you down".

According to WTVA, members of the House of Representatives received a "dear colleague" letter this morning from Esty offering an explanation of her actions in the scandal. She said she would use her remaining time in office to advocate for stronger protections for employees in Congress and other workplaces. Esty's western CT district, which includes the town of Sandy Hook, went for Hillary Clinton by less than five percentage points in 2016, making it an attractive target for Republicans.

"As Congresswoman Esty has acknowledged, her actions did not protect Ms. Kain and should have", Pelosi, D-Calif., stated.

In her letter to the House Ethics Committee, Esty said she learned about the allegations "through a third party" in May 2016, and dismissed Baker after receiving an investigation's report on his behavior.

State Rep. Michael D'Agostino, D-Hamden, said Esty had "failed to act immediately, attempted to hide the abuse from the public and then, inexplicably, helped the abuser immediately get another job".

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