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The Scramble: Elizabeth Esty Says She Failed To Protect Her Staff

Ryan Caron King
U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty

U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty apologized?Thursday? ?for failing to dismiss? Tony Baker, her former Chief of Staff, after learning that Anna Kain, a former aide who once dated Baker, filed serious allegationsagainst him for sexual harassment and death threats.

Instead, she signed a non-disclosure agreement with Baker that included multiple secrecy provisions, a draft recommendation letter that got him a job with Sandy Hook Promise, and severance pay.

An increasing chorus of legislators is calling for her to resign since the Connecticut Post and The Washington Post broke the storyThursday. She says she will not.

In the era of #MeToo, why does sexual harassment in Congress continue to be a problem? 

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