Rep. Katie Hill Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 29, 2019,
Oct 29, 2019, 0:31
Hill was seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, a 32-year-old lawmaker who flipped a Republican-held seat in a district northeast of Los Angeles.
But her relationship with the campaign aide became a concern for House Democrats who have made equality in the workplace a particular priority.
Steve Knight told the Signal of Santa Clarita Valley after Hill announced her resignation Sunday that he would make a formal announcement "very quickly" about his plans for California's 25th Congressional District. As executive director of a Los Angeles non-profit assisting the homeless, she leveraged her background to raise millions in a grassroots campaign - with almost all of the money raised from individual donors.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement after Hill's announcement saying the freshman congresswoman had "acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a Member untenable". She did not offer a direct apology. "We will continue to fight for progress and justice for our communities".
"Hill concluded", Those of you who know me personally know that I'm a fighter. Some people call this electronic assault, digital exploitation; others call it revenge porn. "As the victim of it, I call it one of the worst things we can do to our sisters and our daughters".
RedState also reported earlier this month that Hill had an extramarital affair with Graham Kelly, her legislative director and former campaign finance director, for at least a year. For the sake of all of us, we can not let that happen. "However, I know that as long as I am in Congress, we'll live fearful of what might come next and how much it will hurt". "For that, I am so incredibly sorry".
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Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. We hope Hill will use this experience to do some deep soul searching to reevaluate her views on marriage, sexuality, and truth.
She took their "only operable vehicle and left me stranded at our residence", Heslep said in the documents.
Hill has accused Republican operatives and her husband of coordinating a "smear campaign" amid the couple's pending divorce.
While Hill is resigning her seat in congress, she is continuing to pursue the source of the nude photos - while her attorneys have issued cease and desist letters to the news outlets that published them. She said that the images were published by "Republican operatives" without her consent and that Capitol Hill police are investigating.
According to The Washington Post, "Under House ethics rules adopted a year ago in response to high-profile sexual harassment claims involving members of Congress, it is against the official code of conduct for members to "engage in a sexual relationship with any employee" who works for the member".
The California Democrat, who has denied the claim, said she was stepping down with a "broken heart".