Rep. DeGette: Ex-congressman tried to pin me in elevator and kiss me
Another congresswoman has shared their experience being sexually harassed by a male colleague. Rep. Diana DeGette said on Monday on “Meet the Press Daily” that former congressman Bob Filner once tried to kiss her in an elevator.
“Some years ago, I was in an elevator, and then-congressman Bob Filner tried to pin me to the door of the elevator and kiss me,” DeGette said. “I pushed him away.”
Filner is best known as the San Diego mayor who resigned in 2013 in the wake of sexual harassment allegations by 17 women. He later pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery related to groping and kissing women against their will at campaign events.
DeGette expressed concern that abusive men still hold positions of power in Washington.
“What about the young staffers? What about the interns? Is this happening with them too?” she asked. “I think we have to ask ourselves some questions. Is this happening with current members of Congress?”
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In recent days, multiple current and former congresswomen have shared stories of sexual harassment by male members of Congress, including Rep. Linda Sanchez, who told the Associated Press that a sitting lawmaker who is married has repeatedly propositioned her for sex. DeGette is the first lawmaker to name her harasser.
Reps. Jackie Speier and Kirsten Gillibrand recently introduced legislation that would overhaul the process for reporting sexual harassment and require all members and staff to undergo sexual harassment awareness training.
You can watch DeGatte’s full interview with Katy Tur, who asks frank questions about Al Franken, here.