Friday, November 8, 2019
The Rise and fall of Representative Katie Hill
First the gods build you up, and then they tear you down. Katie ran a great campaign for Congress two years ago. She rose like a comet and crashed like a meteor. The Representative was anointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a leadership position. She was appointed co-chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. The executive of PATH, People Assisting the Homeless, a NGO for homeless, found herself in the halls of Congress at the age of 31. Representative Katie Hill had the future in her hands. She turned to a bong. Her career crashed last week, resigning from Congress. She was on a meteoritic rise: Katie Hill was the vanguard of the new woke Democratic Party. The young millennial had it all in the grasp of her hand, but she chose a bong. She knew she would be under a microscope; she told the Los Angeles Times last March: “Any mistake you make is going to be much more noticeable.” She then engaged in reckless personal behavior with intimate pictures. I caution students in today’s world not to take those photos or videos. The broader problem for her and others is that relationships do not always last. Breakups can be amicable or ballistic. The Hill-Heslep divorce is apparently a case of atoms splitting. She blames the disclosures on Kenneth Heslep, her vengeful, abusive soon-to-be ex-husband. The House voted a ban on members of Congress having relationships with staffers. She voted for the bill. Did she have a relationship with a Congressional staffer? She denies it. We live in a country still governed but the rule of Law. Katie Hill is entitled to a presumption of innocence, the same presumption of innocence she denied Judge Bret Kavanaugh, who she called a “serial predator.” She is entitled to the same presumption of innocence and due process as President Trump, whom she and her fellow Democrats are subjecting to a Star Chamber due process lacking impeachment. The story is that Speaker Pelosi did not pressure the Representative to resign. The Speaker said: “She has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued services a member untenable.” Someone forced Katie Hill to resign. A politician, such as Katie Hill, is ambitious with aspirations for higher office. She will not willingly “take one for the team.” Representative Katie Hill was thrown off the (Congressional) bus. She is collateral damage in the Trump impeachment. Her travails would have been a distraction to the impeachment. Thus, she was thrown under the bus. Sex trumps politics! She resigned with a “broken heart.” She declaimed the double standard, claiming to be the victim of a double standard, a misogynist culture. She can’t accept that Donald Trump is President. President Donald trump was elected by voters who voted on their issues, not any possible sordid past. Trump voters are well aware of the President’s personal history. Double standard? Senator Al Franken was forced to resign because od a photo, which lacked nudity. Double standard? Virginia voters just elected Democrat Joe Morrissey to the state senate. Joe Morrissey was convicted a few years ago of having sex with an underaged staffer. She said she resigned because “I will not allow myself to be a distraction from the constitutional crisis we are faced with, and the critical work of my colleagues.” The Representative said in her farewell speech to Congress: “I am leaving because I didn’t want to be peddled by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I have ever seen ……….” What about the dirty gutter politics used against Justice Brett Kavanaugh? She may have a drinking problem. That’s not unusual for members of Congress. That shouldn’t disqualify her from office. The crux of the problem is not her relationships. Her mistake was not her acts; it was the photos, including an Iron Cross on an upper thigh. The photos and stories showed up in the Daily Mail, and the RedState blog, having allegedly been leaked by her abusive husband, who may also have other photos. He claims his computer was hacked. Even if it is “Revenge Porn” prohibited by California law, it’s out and the Daily Mail is in London, unfazed by California law. I don’t like her politics, but it is unfair for her being forced to resign because the decision should have been made by her constituents in the 2020 election. Ultimately, she should answer to them, not the House pooh-bahs.