Another day, another sexual predator exposed for being the typical perverse elected official that one almost comes to expect from the Democratic Party.
Rep. Alcee Hastings, was engaged in a sexual assault case that somehow avoided national media, partly because he's black, and even more so because he's a Florida Democrat, and the efforts to keep the case under wraps were clearly successful.
Back in 2011 a former aide to Representative Hastings claimed she was sexually assaulted, which later led to her filing a lawsuit against him saying that he made unwelcome sexual advances towards her and also asked her about her underwear on multiple occasions.
The aide, Winsome Packer, was a Republican working for the 74-year-old Democrat, and he used that as a scapegoat claiming that the attacks were politically motivated.
Little did the public know, the Florida Treasury Department actually paid out $220,000 of taxpayer money in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle the lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents provided by<a href="https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/alcee-hastings-sexual-harassment"> Roll Call</a>.
Winsome Packer, the former staff member of a Congressional Commission n that promotes international human rights, was quoted as saying in the documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job if she told anyone about it.
At the time of the incident, Hastings was a powerful Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer was employed.
Hastings has repeatedly denied the claims and even called Packer’s charges “ludicrous”.
“Until this evening, I had not seen the settlement agreement between the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and Ms. Packer,” the Congressman said in a statement Friday night. “This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made.”
Hastings said that the lawsuit that Packer filed against him and an investigation by the House Ethics Committee were ultimately dismissed.
“I am outraged that any taxpayer dollars were needlessly paid to Ms. Packer,” he said.
The final payments were made in 2014 to settle the case involving Hastings, and was not apparently included in a breakdown of payouts to settle discrimination complaints against House lawmakers from the past five years released last month by the Office of Compliance, which approves the payouts to begin with.
Apparently there are a different set of rules for Democrats to not only hide their crimes, but to cover the costs of their crimes out of the taxpayer's wallets.
Floridians should be absolutely furious that their hard earned money was spent to pay off this case, especially without their knowledge.
This particular settlement involving the accusations against Hastings should raise brand new questions about the secretive and convoluted way Congress handles employee complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination.
Even worse is the fact that the media didn't cover this at the time, including supposed “right wing” news networks, and to date still hasn't focused on it (I'm sure they will after we scrutinize them, as so often is the case with the mainstream media which has not only become repugnant but redundant as well).
Even worse, Hastings is still currently in the House of Representatives for Florida's 23rd district, where he's served for the better part of three decades since being elected in 1992.
The audacity of this man who's still in office, and that the taxpayers footed his sexual perversion bills, is something Floridians must now demand that he resign for.
Hastings is an absolute disgrace and the Treasury Department as well as the media who silenced this are equally shameful.
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