Some argue that it’s voters who should decide whether to elect a pedophile, sexual abuser or harasser into public office. This week, voters in Alabama did just that! So then, why aren’t the names of those currently in office who have committed such acts being released? Shouldn’t those of us who paid (more than $17 million in taxpayer money since ’97) be given the information we need to make an informed voting decision? I think so.
Unfortunately, the Office of Compliance, which handles congressional labor and employment disputes, has no legal obligation to turn over the names of lawmakers involved in sexual harassment/abuse settlements. In fact, that office is currently prohibited from doing so by federal law. I have no interest in learning the names of the victims. I believe that their confidentiality should be protected, but the lawmakers being accused of such behavior, who have provided a financial settlement to the accused, well, they should be identified.