Congressional leaders are struggling to get ahead of the wave of sexual harassment allegations that are engulfing their institution.
With no clear roadmap for how to deal with such topics, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other leaders are responding to the allegations on a case-by-case basis â€” and on the fly.
The stream of public revelations has put leaders in a pressure cooker. Immediately after allegations surface, they face pressure to forge quick judgments about the credibility of the allegations and the severity of the misconduct, often while relying on reports from anonymous accusers....
The noble effort to eliminate sexual harassment has turned into â€śsomething dark and menacing,â€ť Tucker Carlson warned,commenting on PBS host Tavis Smileyâ€™s firing.
"For what it's worth, Tavis Smiley has never said anything we agree with politically. But, that's not the point. The point is, what began as a noble effort to eliminate sexual harassment from American life, an effort we agree with vehemently, is rapidly turning into something dark and menacing.â€ť Carlson warned that allegations are now being made against innocent people to gain revenge and political power:
â€śInnocent people fear persecution and that's always the hallmark of a witch hunt. Others use allegation to settle scores or gain power and thatâ€™s the opposite of justice.â€ť But, itâ€™s not just public figures who should be worried, Carlson said:
â€śThe rest of the country looks on bewildered and afraid, unsure of what the new rules are, but certain of the punishment for violating them. It is grotesque.
â€śImagine if you were accused by someone whose name you didn't know, of a misdeed you couldn't remember or didn't commit. How would you respond to that?
If it's any consolation to the Republicans, the Democrats are leading to 2-1 in the people who were forced to resign from office.
Rachel Bade & Jake Sherman wrote: ... on Friday, the Associated Press reported that Franks offered to pay an aide $5 million to carry his child and pressured her relentlessly on the matter.
New details about the controversy surrounding Franks come as sexual harassment allegations have engulfed Capitol Hill. Franks became the third lawmaker this week alone to announce that he will step down after being accused of sexual misconduct, following Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
--[URL=http://tinyurl.com/ycqg3bbo]]]http://tinyurl.com/ycqg3bbo (Female aides fretted Franks wanted to have sex to impregnate them)[/URL]