U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, an outspoken advocate of the #Metoo movement, found herself in an uncomfortable situation apologizing for not protecting female employees in her Washington office who experienced violence, death threats and sexual harassment by her former chief of staff ,
She dismissed calls on Friday to resign.
The Democrat has issued press statements calling for fiercer harassment protection for congressional personnel and was among those who then-US Rep. John Conyers of Michigan called for resignation under allegations of misconduct. She issued her own public mea culpa on Thursday after newspaper reports that she suspended or fired the chief of staff only three months after allegations were made against him in 201
Esty said she regretted not having conducted an internal investigation of the allegations, exposing widespread alleged abuses, and regretting "even providing the least support to this individual in finding a new job."
In the run-up to news published by Hearst Connecticut Media and the Washington Post, Esty drew attention to the fact that representatives of at least three grassroots Connecticut groups, who were allies of her, spoke or met with women's issues.
"I felt she wanted to let me know what the situation was for women," said Cindy Wolfe Boynton, president of CT Now, a group that has supported Esty in previous elections. "She said more than once during the phone call how she felt she was doing so badly and regretted it a lot."
Boynton said it was Esty "to do the best in her" People want to know more about what happened.
"As things stand now, I think there is much more information about the case that needs to come out," she said.
In her apology, Esty She said she was "shocked and angry" when she learned in 2016 that a former employee was being harassed and physically damaged, allegedly by former Chief of Staff Tony Baker. She said she asked Baker to get advice.
She then carried out an internal review of her office practices, later learning "the threat of violence is not an isolated case" but a behavioral pattern of Baker involving many female employees.
She said she was advised by the Office of House Employment Counsel to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Baker, who then served as Ohio State Director of Sandy Hook Promise, an anti-gun violence advocacy group that followed Sandy was founded, worked Hook Elementary School shooting in Estys district. He does not work for the group anymore.
A spokesman for Baker told Hearst Connecticut Media and the Washington Post that he denies some of the allegations. A number listed for a Tony Baker in Columbus, Ohio has been disconnected.
Karen Jarmoc, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said Esty reached her for her last weekend and asked for a meeting in Jarmoc's office.
This is a really worrying circumstance, but I heard from her on Monday that her priority was to look for the survivor. Initially, there were some missteps, "Jarmoc said," What I received from her on Monday was a sincere desire to make things better for the workforce. "
In an editorial that called for Esty to resign, he said Hartford Courant, Esty's replies have been disappointing so far, saying, "She accused the system and did not take enough responsibility for her own actions. "The Courant added that" time has come for John Conyers and Elizabeth Esty has time. "
JR Romano, the leader of the state's Republican Party, has also called for Esty's resignation. Mails and accused Esty of being "accomplices in covering up attacks."
Esty received mild criticism from Democratic delegates to the Connecticut congressional delegation, with Esty almost stating that she had made mistakes.
"I am deeply disappointed , I'm only learning the facts, "US Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters at an event in Connecticut.
Asked if Esty should resign, the Senator said," What she does in the future is really a choice for her constituents , She has to talk to her constituents. "