I’m confused. Rep. Katie Hill “with a broken heart,” resigned her seat as the representative for the 25th District in California’s delegation to the House of Representatives.
Yet if you search Twitter, you’ll see a phalanx of claims that Hill did nothing wrong, because, you know, it was a just a consensual sexual relationship. There are claims that the embarrassing photos in the press were “revenge porn” from her estranged husband, with whom she is in the middle of a divorce. There are claims that Hill was forced to resign by the Democratic leadership.
There’s certainly some evidence for the last claim: DCCC insiders told RedState early Sunday that they’re looking for someone to replace Hill–before her announcement went public. Nancy Pelosi didn’t pull her punch at the news. Her statement reads:
“Congresswoman Katie Hill came to Congress with a powerful commitment to her community and a bright vision for the future, and has made a great contribution as a leader of the Freshman Class. She has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a Member untenable. We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in the Congress, and in all workplaces.”
Hill allegedly had an intimate relationship with a female staffer, with whom her husband also had an intimate relationship. In these days of open marriages, “throuples,” and modern approaches to sexuality, what’s wrong with a couple both getting jiggy with the same girl? If the only thing wrong with it is that she happens to be a staffer of the wife, then why is Hill resigning?
And if Hill is resigning only because she had a relationship with a person on her staff, then why isn’t Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also resigning? Her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, has been deeply involved in her campaign and her Congressional service, and one step away from “staff.” (In fact, she had to bat away allegations she’s paying him.)
If the small designation of a sexual partner being a government employee is all it takes to make a member of Congress resign, I think possibly Hill over-reacted.
But I think there’s more to this, and everyone knows it. It’s more than just embarrassing to Democrats to have these photos of bong-smoking, naked revelry floating around. The behavior itself is depraved. It’s wrong, not just embarrassing or against House rules.
Yes, it’s against House rules. Yes, Congress could (should?) censure Hill for it. Censure might be a more appropriate punishment if this was indeed just a violation of the rules.
But it’s more than that. Even in California, liberals smuggle conventional, nuclear family, child-raising values into politics. Apparently, many liberals don’t want to be represented by a publicly hedonistic polyamorous swinger. They reject her while saying “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
You can see why I’m confused.