(Warning, this article contains graphic content):
Last month, Wisconsin state Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) went on an extremely racist and elitist tirade while at a local Wells Fargo. In response, the bank staff decided to call the cops. Upon arriving and being told what happened, the law enforcement officials gave Taylor, who had gone so far as to call one of the bank tellers a “house n****,” a citation for disorderly conduct.
Shortly after receiving the citation, an investigation launched by the legislature’s human resources office looking into additional misconduct further revealed that the lawmaker representing Milwaukee had also reportedly “retaliated against and bullied one of her employees.” As a consequence, she has since been removed from her ranking position on the Joint Finance Committee. Confusingly though, she is still currently a member of the Wisconsin Senate.
According to reports, Taylor was officially removed from the committee earlier this week by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) at the request of Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) after investigators found that she had violated both “the Senate’s anti-retaliation provisions as it’s related to the employee’s use of the Family and Medical Leave Act” and “the Senate policy manual’s anti-bullying provisions related to the employee and other staff members.”
Unsurprisingly, Taylor was not pleased with being replaced by Johnson. “It is unfortunate that Milwaukee will lose an experienced, progressive and relentless voice at a time that Milwaukee schools, city and county needs more help from the state’s budget committee,” stated the liberal lawmaker in a statement about the situation. “Regardless, I will continue to be a voice for the interests of the constituents I serve,” she added.
Shilling, however, was understandably thrilled with the decision. “No matter the workplace, we need to protect an employee’s right to bring forward concerns and ensure everyone is able to work in a safe, productive and welcoming environment,” she reasoned upon learning about what Fitzgerald had done.
In addition to releasing a statement, Taylor also reportedly agreed to the human resources office’s recommendations that she “receive training in anti-harassment, anti-retaliation, and anti-bullying policies, and be coached in interpersonal communication and management.”
Alarmingly, Taylor is not the only democrat to recently come under fire for engaging in misconduct.
Back in March, for instance, a jury convicted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (D) of 47 criminal charges, including “conspiracy…bribery, attempted extortion, false statements to federal officials, honest services fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.” On top of that, he was also found guilty of altering city contracts “in order to raise money for his campaigns for Mayor.”
A month before that, Juliet Germanotta, a 36-year-old transgender democrat campaigning against Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), was arrested by law enforcement officials and charged with “third-degree grand larceny.” Apparently, she stole an “18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring” valued at about $4,800 from a jewelry shop in New York and then sold it to someone else.
And prior to that, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charged Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper (D) with felony “campaign finance violations, official misconduct, and money laundering“ after catching her laundering money that she was bribed with to illegally help pay for her re-election campaign. On top of being arrested, she was also suspended from office by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R).
Disturbingly, in addition to bullying and corruption, numerous liberal lawmakers have also been accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct.
Several days ago, for example, Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Rep. Tony Cardena (D-CA), the “first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in the United States Congress,” accusing him of drugging an unidentified 16-year-old girl and then sexually abusing her back in 2007.
Bloom’s lawsuit also accused Cardena of threatening to go after the victim’s father, who worked for him at various points of his career, to try and keep her quiet about the what had happened.
A couple of months prior, Amanda Renteria, a democrat in California who is currently challenging Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D) for Governor, went on Twitter and demanded that her opponent step down from office due to the fact that he also allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct.
And before that, documents obtained by reporters revealed that House democrats in Pennsylvania used almost $250,000 to quietly settle a sexual harassment complaint against Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-PA) in 2015. Unfortunately, though, there was a non-disclosure agreement included in the settlement so most of the details about the incident are not clear.
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) was also publicly accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Despite insisting that the allegations are false, he has since announced that he will not be running for re-election, which suggests that there may be some truth to the allegations.
Around the same time that the allegations against Kihuen were made public, two women also accused state legislator Matt Dababneh (D-CA), who represents the 45th Assembly District, of engaging in sexual misconduct. Unlike Kihuen, however, he resigned almost immediately after being accused.
Bullying, corruption, and sexual misconduct must not be tolerated. Because of this, in addition to being removed from the Joint Finance Committee, Taylor should also be removed from office. This would not only make it clear that what she did was wrong, but it would also help deter others from doing something similar in the future.