Former Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA) must be dumbfounded today. He lost his race for reelection in 2018 in the 25th Congressional District during the California Democrat ballot harvesting slaughter, to newcomer Katie Hill.
RedState just published an explosive story about Freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), who’s currently in divorce proceedings, and also the Vice-Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, had “a long-term sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer.”
But that’s not all – apparently Hill and her husband were involved in a “throuple” relationship with the young staffer. A “throuple” is a threesome relationship.
Appearing to be a predatory issue, Hill who is 32, hired the young staffer as a full-time employee in late 2017, and the three quickly became sexually involved as a “throuple.”
Katie Hill came out as bisexual after high school, according to news reports during her campaign, and is touted as California’s first openly bisexual representative.
So this “scandal” may be just that to most people, but not to an openly bisexual woman. However, her judgment is in serious question.
Photographs and text messages obtained by RedState show that Rep. Hill was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer. The woman, whose name is not being released, was hired by Hill in late 2017 and quickly became involved in a “throuple” relationship with Hill and her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep.
Heslep and the staffer, according to text messages provided to RedState, believed the polyamorous arrangement to be a long-term, committed relationship. The trio took multiple vacations together, including to Alaska.
RedState acquired photos and text messages showing that Rep. Hill was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with the female campaign staffer.
Hill’s husband Kenny Heslep was told “by numerous sources” that Hill had been involved in a sexual relationship for a year with her then-finance director, now Legislative Director, Graham Kelly, RedState reported.
Intimate photographs of the women were also provided to RedState, but not published.
According to a source close to the staffer, the throuple agreed to continue their committed relationship when Hill moved to Washington, D.C. in January 2019, but that Heslep and the staffer quickly noticed a difference in Hill’s demeanor. By late May, Hill broke off her relationships with both Heslep and the staffer, claiming she wanted to focus on “this important work” and that it wasn’t fair to be involved in a relationship. The staffer, as these text messages show, was distraught and trying to figure out how to move on with her life.
All of the photos and text messages at RedState are HERE.
As if this story isn’t already strange, one of the photos shows naked Congresswoman Katie Hill sitting on a chair in her office, brushing a female coworker’s hair at work. (Click to view image — Warning: Explicit Image). Now people want to know, who took the photo?
Comments on the articles are running the gamut of snarky, to sincere concerns of the depth of the depravation so many politicians exhibit today.
Sex, Power, Politics
This isn’t the first rodeo for sex scandals in Washington D.C.
Former Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank admitted a long relationship with a male prostitute who ran a bisexual prostitution service out of Frank’s apartment. Frank was reelected many times even after the scandal broke.
In 2005, Congressman Mark Foley (R-Fla.) was exposed sending “sexually scandalous” emails and texts to young male congressional pages. Several former pages eventually came forward to say they had “sexual liaisons” with Foley as well. Foley resigned.
Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) was accused by 10 female ex-staffers that he had sexually harassed them. He denied the allegations, but when more women came forward with stories of his sexual predations, he eventually resigned in September of 1995, when faced with the prospect of public Senate hearings and a vote to expel.
Freshman Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) was indicted on Aug. 19, 1994, on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker, asking her to take pornographic pictures of her 15 year old friend, and then pressuring her to lie about it. Reynolds, who is black, denied the charges and said the investigation was racially motivated, the Washington Post reported.
He was sentenced to prison, but was later pardoned by President Clinton and hired by Jesse Jackson.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Minn.) resigned in 2018 after 53 years in Congress. Buzzfeed News had reported he settled a female staffer’s sexual harassment complaint in 2015 for more than $27,000.
Eight women accused former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of sexual misconduct before his resignation in 2018.
Former Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) resigned December 8 after multiple reports of inappropriate behavior toward female staffers. Franks had asked two female staffers to act as surrogates for him and his wife.
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) resigned four months after news broke that he had settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with taxpayer money. Farenthold had already decided not to run for re-election following a renewed Ethics Committee investigation into sexual harassment, inappropriate comments to staff and discrimination based on gender.
Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA) remains in office following allegations of sexual harassment by a former staff member. Former fellow M. Reese Everson with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation accused the representative of sexually harassing her. Scott confirmed that Everson had worked for him. Everson said she was “wrongfully terminated,” “blackballed and blacklisted” after the harassment.
As RedState noted in the Katie Hill scandal, “In addition to the legal and ethical issues raised by allegations of a congresswoman having not one, but two extramarital affairs with people on her staff, concurrently, there are issues of national security. Hill serves on two influential committees in that regard: Oversight and Reform and Armed Service. She has access to extremely sensitive national security information. If people who don’t have our nation’s best interests at heart had access to the photographs, text messages, and other information provided to RedState, Rep. Hill would be an easy blackmail target.”
The damage control process will be interesting to watch.