Another victim is shedding some light on Democrat, Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva.
From the Daily Caller,
The top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources used taxpayer dollars to pay off a former staffer who threatened to sue, claiming the lawmaker was often drunk and created a hostile workplace.
Arizona Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva’s secret deal with a former female staffer was revealed by The Washington Times on Monday. The payout was negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, the body’s attorney, and cost taxpayers $48,395.
The settlement, however, may have violated House rules, The Times reported. It’s against House rules for a lawmaker to retain “an employee who does not perform duties for the offices of the employing authority commensurate with the compensation such employee receives.”
Democrat Rep. Grijalva’s payout also should have been handed over in a lump sum, not paid out in monthly installments, The Times reported. Taxpayers paid Grijalva’s disgruntled staffer five month’s severance. The female staffer left her job after just three months, and didn’t pursue the matter after leaving Grijalva’s employment.
“On the advice of House Employment Counsel, I provided a severance package to a former employee who resigned,” Democrat Grijalva told The Times in a statement.
“The severance did not involve the Office of Compliance and at no time was any allegation of sexual harassment made, and no sexual harassment occurred,” Democrat Rep. Grijalva said.
…Probably just part of the agreement, wouldn’t you say?
News of Democrat Grijalva’s payout comes amid debate over the $17.2 million in taxpayer funds used to settle 264 complaints of sexual harassment and other issues in Congress. The settlements are kept secret.
It’s hard to imagine that we, American taxpayers, funded the settlements for TWENTY YEARS of sexual harassment! In other words, WE paid to cover their stupid behinds! Anyone with a decent mind should be outraged!
If it guy next door, made inappropriate sexual advances or sexually harassed another individual at work, WE would not pay for HIS stupidity or arrogance would we? So, why would we approve of the payout of over $17 MILLION over 20 years to victims of Congressional members who have been sexually harassed? Come on people! Wake up!
This needs to end now!
Recent Democrats that have been in the spotlight for sexual harassment include Democrat John Conyers (Michigan), Democrat Al Franken (Minnesota) and now Democrat Raul Grijalva. But you gotta’ believe over 20 years, there are a lot more where they came from right?…and let’s face it, they are not all Democrats either.
It’s time the funds stopped. It is time that members of Congress were held accountable for their stupidity and arrogance just like your neighbor next door. No one should be above the law, just ask Democrat and former president, Bill Clinton.
It’s time to stop the abuse. It’s time to investigate those members who have been wasting our taxpayer dollars! It’s time to do something constructive and get rid of this problem that has been spreading like a disease not only in Hollywood, but in Washington, DC.