By Harrison Lavelle | USA
Just days ago, three congressmen have been smashed into the fire that is Sexual Assault Allegations. The first to go was Rep. Joe Barton (R-OR) after a female staffer, encouraged by the fierce allegations against candidates and actors, came out saying that Barton had threatened her and would “make her life worse” if she leaked his secret sex life. Nonetheless, the Republican Representative from Oregon has announced, quite comically, that he has no intentions of retracting his bid for re-election in the 2018 midterms now only 11 months away. Rep. Barton is already being investigated by the House Ethics Committee. However, Barton’s case is far from the worst.
Al Franken (D-MN), a Class II senator from Minnesota, who was re-elected in 2014 quite handily over Mike McFadden (after his narrow win to a first term by less than 300 votes in 2008) was exposed, after an actor who starred with him in a comedy act, that toured the world before he was elected to the US Senate, accused him of sexual assault. The female actor in question released a photo of Al Franken supposedly touching her clothed breasts during a hug in the stand-up comedy act, after that she said that Franken often touched her uncontrollably, and exhibited random kisses and hugs that she was not ready to accept. Franken admitted that he was a “hugger” and a kind, touchy person, and apologized to the former female co-host…the co-host accepted the apology. Al Franken requested that the Senate Ethics Committee investigate him. The committee accepted and has already taken up an investigation into Senator Franken.
The final man, and the (living) current longest-serving member of the United States House of Representatives, John Conyers (D-MI), has also been accused of sexual misconduct by a former office employee. A former member of John Conyer’s staff claimed that in the 1990s John Conyers made unwanted sexual advances towards her and that he often sat in his office in only underwear, followed by him requesting his staffer to enter. The House Ethics Committee is already planning to take up an investigation into Conyers’ case. Conyers, who up until recently was loved by his majority-black district, has lost their trust. The leading newspaper in his district has already gone as far to say that Conyers should immediately resign from Congress. Conyers has announced that he has no intentions to resign, and his attorney’s claims suggest that he will fight until the bitter end. However, currently, his chances of surviving the 2018 primary against a new Democrat, or even the general election in 2018 for his House District, look unlikely.
Another man, who is not yet in Congress….and unlikely to get into Congress, is Roy Moore. Moore, the now infamous US Senate Republican Nominee for Alabama Senate’s December 2017 Special Election, has already been accused by more than 6 women, that he sexually accosted them as children and teenagers. Roy Moore denies these allegations, as expected, however, much like his lead in the polls shrink, his chances of surviving the scandal also grow very, very, very slim. Moore is expected to lose narrowly in Alabama, a heavily conservative state, to a conservative Democrat in an upset, come December.