Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) is the latest Democrat to say “hasta la vista” to fellow Dem and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Moulton says that Pelosi should resign after the screwed up way in which she handled the whole Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.).
Conyers’ troubles began shortly before Thanksgiving as multiple women stepped forward to accuse the octogenarian of sexual misconduct over the 52 years he has served in Congress. Pelosi was in rare form the Sunday after Thanksgiving. She appeared on the Sunday political talk show circuit praising Conyers as an American political icon who has done a “great deal to protect women.”
Pelosi said she was reserving judgment on the allegations, deferring to the Congressional ethics committee that was investigating the matter. Pelosi would have been fine if she had stopped talking then, but as we’ve seen so many times with good ‘ol Nancy, she just kept talking.
Her next statements were stunning. She said she didn’t know these women. Her tone made it sound like she held great disdain for Conyers’ accusers and didn’t believe them for a minute.
The 88-year-old Conyers resigned this week under the pressure from the multiple sexual misconduct allegations. He was briefly hospitalized during the Thanksgiving holiday for a stress-related health condition. The ethics committee also learned of allegations of the Congressman using “official resources for impermissible personal purposes.”
We also now know that Conyers’ office paid a woman more than $27,000 in hush money. The woman settled a 2015 complaint where she claimed she was fired because she rejected his sexual advances; payment was made and a confidentiality agreement was signed. A female lawyer who worked with Conyers said he would routinely walk around his Congressional office in his underwear. Dear Lord. These are our Congressmen!
Moulton said that Democrats are supposed to be the party of women and respect women’s rights. He finds Pelosi’s comments about Conyers’ female accusers unacceptable and has called for her to step down from her leadership role in the House.
Many Dems are tired of all the snafus that have occurred under Pelosi’s tenure in the House. It is up to the party leadership to monitor its own members. Clearly, there was a lot going on—Conyers, Franken, slush funds—seemingly right under Pelosi’s nose.
If she knew about it, she is part of the cover-up and part of the problem. If she didn’t know about it, she is ditzy and incompetent, and perhaps completely out of touch with the reality of what is going on up on Capitol Hill these days. Her own party members were stunned the day after the November election when Pelosi waltzed in and touted the few Dem victories that did occur, while completely glossing over the incredible beatdown that Hillary and other members of Congress took by the Trump train.
Moulton says that because so much of this has occurred under Pelosi’s leadership, it certainly rises a question about how effective she really is:“I think that we all agree that when she came out on the Meet the Press interview, she did not say the right things in any respect. She didn’t respect the women who have brought forward these allegations. Pelosi claimed that we didn’t know who they are; in fact, we do know who they are. They’ve been remarkably brave in sharing their stories.”
Moulton says he has been consistent in his views about party leadership, and has been asking for Pelosi and several other stalwart Dems to step down to let a new generation take the reins. Moulton says there are women who are being hurt by Conyers, Franken and other offenders. He says Dems have been seriously discussing the culture in Washington and what they can do to make it right.
Pelosi either realized the errors of her ways on her own, or she got such a backlash from her party that she did apologize and then later called for Conyers’ resignation. Now Conyers’ supporters are rallying around him and directing their anger toward Pelosi. They’ve asked the House to give Conyers due process under the law. Poor Nancy, she certainly is getting hit from all sides.