Top Democrat: Politicians Shouldn’t Have To Resign Over Sex Assault Allegations

Top Democrat: Politicians Shouldn’t Have To Resign Over Sex Assault Allegations

On Wednesday, reporters asked two top Democrats why congressmen accused of sexual assault are not resigning from office, unlike the tradition for business leaders in the private sector.

In the wake of numerous allegations made against Sen. Al Franken, Rep. John Conyers, and Senate candidate Roy Moore, reporters confronted two congressmen about politicians’ hesitation to step down.

A reporter asked why men in Congress are taking much longer to step down from office than men in the private sector, whose careers have gone down in flames pretty swiftly after allegations against them became public knowledge.

“You’d have to give me some examples,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Congressional Black Caucus member and its former chairman.

The reporters responded with a list of men who have lost their prominent roles in media in recent weeks due to allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior: Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose.

“Who elected them?”  Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) shot back.

Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter.
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