* One more time in case you somehow missed it…
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said he was worried that an unfortunate consequence of the increased awareness around sexual harassment is that offices would avoid hiring female staffers so as not to get caught up in any scandals.
“I have a female-led staff, and I asked them their opinion,” he said during the hearing. “They were concerned … that an unintended consequence may be some offices just take a shortcut and not hire women as a way to avoid these issues. Obviously that’s not the right approach.”
The reporter initially tweeted: “Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) says he’s worried congressional offices will hire fewer women to avoid issue of sexual harassment.” That left the impression with some folks that Davis somehow supported the idea of not hiring women, when it clearly was not the case. Davis never said anything like that.
Yesterday, Reps. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and Avery Bourne as well as Erika Harold called on Betsy Londrigan and EMILY’s List to apologize to Davis for their over the top and false reactions. Londrigan had even paid for a Facebook ad to spread her false message, which is a topic we’ve discussed here before when Sen. Andy Manar was hit with a similar “fake news” smear. Londrigan had tweeted that Davis’ idea (even though it wasn’t this idea) was “Offensive and illegal.” EMILY’s List’s president called Davis a “buffoon” and tweeted “Excluding women from Congress is NOT how we should address sexual harassment.”
* Bernie asked for a response…
“Women face harassment every day,” Londrigan said in a statement. “By using the platform of a congressional hearing to even suggest that fewer women would get hired as a result of coming forward, Davis’ words have a chilling effect. This comes as no surprise, coming from a Representative who has failed to stand up for equal pay and continues to vote against women’s interests when it comes to healthcare access, affordability and coverage by actively whipping votes for the Trumpcare bill in May. Congressman Davis has continuously cast votes against women that have a direct impact in the workplace and beyond.”
And Christina Reynolds, vice president for communications at EMILY’s List, said: “Instead of using the microphone to perpetuate a backward approach toward addressing harassment in the workplace, Rodney Davis should be proposing solutions.”