Taxpayers aren’t just footing the bill for handsy congressmen – they’re also picking up the tab for drunken debauchery.
The Washington Times has an explosive story on a secret slush fund that’s used to paper over the juvenile misbehavior of erratic lawmakers. The report focuses on Democratic congressman Raul M. Grijalva, an outspoken proponent of amnesty.
It turns out that Grijalva doesn’t just like shilling for illegals – he enjoys imbibing now and again and apparently creating a ruckus in his own congressional office. It’s so bad, in fact, that a former staffer felt unsafe in the alcohol-soaked environment and had to leave.
The staffer was so adamant about exiting the hostile work environment that she threatened a lawsuit. That’s when the hush money came – courtesy of you and me and every taxpayer in the country. The disgruntled employee was paid a generous severance package to be on her aggrieved way.
From the story: “While the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices. The employment counsel negotiated a deal for taxpayers to give $48,395 — five additional months’ salary — to the female aide, who left her job after three months. She didn’t pursue the hostile workplace complaint further.”
Well, at least he didn’t sexually harass her, right?
Regardless, it sounds like Grijalva’s partying ways aren’t fit for a congressional office. The employee who threatened legal action left the job after only three months. Lord knows that kind of shenanigans she witnessed in that short period.
And, of course, Grijalva is one of the crazed lawmakers demanding that President Trump be removed from office for being unfit to lead. This, coming from a guy who can’t stop his own congressional office from being a carnival of hedonistic horrors for young female staffers.
Grijalva said the president’s reaction to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend was essentially the last straw.
“There’s an accumulation of issues that bring into question this man’s ability to lead,” Grijalva said.
Under the 25th Amendment, the president can be temporarily removed by a vote of the vice president and the majority of the president’s cabinet if they find him “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Congress must then decide by a two-thirds vote of both houses that the president is unfit to remain in office.
Hypocrites look like angels next to Grijalva.