Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a career politician known for race-baiting tactics, is losing her star among liberals. After a lawsuit was filed by a former aide, who claims Jackson Lee fired her for making a sexual assault claim, the fallout has been swift and stunning.
Jackson Lee was asked to resign or face a vote that would oust her from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. As a result, she resigned as chairwoman on Wednesday.
Simultaneously, the 13-term democrat from Texas stepped down from her position, “temporarily,” from an important House Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship.
“The congresswoman made the decision to step aside from both roles as pressure was growing within her own party to account for the claims in a Jan. 11 lawsuit brought by a woman who worked in her congressional office and who said she was sexually assaulted by a Black Caucus Foundation supervisor.”
Jackson Lee has denied the allegations that she fired the woman as a form of retribution after the woman indicated she wanted to pursue legal action.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s board delivered an ultimatum: “step down as chairwoman or face a vote of removal as soon as this week, according to an official familiar with the conversations who was not authorized to discuss them.”
“Other liberal advocacy groups are asking the congresswoman to step aside from leadership positions as the case unfolds. The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence said it could not continue to work with Ms. Jackson Lee as the lead sponsor of legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
“And fellow Democratic lawmakers had been prepared to try to force her from her chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee’s crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations subcommittee.”
The woman, who worked for Jackson Lee from November 2017 to March 2018, is identified as ‘Jane Doe’ in the lawsuit. She says that Jackson Lee fired her from her job as a special assistant and director of public engagement as retaliation after she told Ms. Jackson Lee’s chief of staff that she planned to pursue legal action against the foundation.
Lynne Bernabei, a lawyer for the woman, said that the woman wished to remain anonymous to limit democrat hate and attacks over the complaint.
“As laid out in the complaint, the case dates to October 2015, when the woman, then 19 and a student at Howard University in Washington, spent the fall semester as an intern at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, an influential nonprofit linked to the Congressional Black Caucus that promotes African-American career advancement through internships, seminars and policy research.
“She says that the internship coordinator took her out drinking one night and then back to his apartment where he forced her to perform oral sex and other unwanted sexual acts.
“The woman spoke with the internship coordinator the next day, who denied they had sex. When she met with representatives of the foundation, they placed him on leave. A foundation official, speaking under the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing legal case, said the foundation fired him after the 2015 incident for drinking with a minor.”
The woman initially pursued legal action, but police did not bring charges, according to the complaint.
After she graduated from Howard, the victim was hired by Ms. Jackson Lee’s office, and when she heard that Jackson Lee planned to hire her assaulter, she told Glenn Rushing, chief of staff, about the “prior incident” and Rushing said the man wouldn’t be hired.
“In March 2018, the woman told Mr. Rushing that she planned to resume legal action against the foundation and asked to speak with Ms. Jackson Lee about it. The meeting never took place, and the woman claims Ms. Jackson Lee refused a personal request to speak. Two weeks later, she was fired.”
Bernabei stated that her client was telling the truth, and “The justifications they have provided along the way, they are not credible, and they are shifting,” speaking about the excuses delivered by Jackson Lee’s retinue.
Such actions wouldn’t be that hard to imagine, given previous treatment by democrat lawmakers, many people argue.