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Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty announces she won't seek re-election

Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty announces she won't seek re-election

Esty represents a district in CT where the governor, both U.S. senators and all U.S. House members are Democrats. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksGun protests sweep nation as House passes school safety bill House passes school safety bill amid gun protests Dems call for investigation into lawmakers who sleep at the Capitol MORE (R-Ind.) and Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchDems seize on gun control heading into midterms GOP Cuban-American lawmaker defends Emma González from Steve King March for gun control takes over Washington MORE (D-Fla.), who head the Ethics panel.

The Washington Post reported last Friday that Baker was accused of physically abusing and sexually harassing Anna Kain, a former Esty aide that he once dated.

Earlier Monday, Esty had asked the House Ethics Committee to expeditiously review the issue, and the House Democratic leader said that Esty's earlier actions had not protected a former staffer in her office.

Esty, a Democrat, announced via Facebook today that she will leave Congress at the end of this year, CNN reports.

The Connecticut Democrat has resisted growing calls for her resignation from Democrats and Republicans alike, and her request for an ethics investigation into herself may help mitigate her ongoing public relations nightmare. "It's completely unacceptable. Her failure to do the right thing here hurt us all, especially as more and more women are courageously coming forward".

The Democrat issued a statement Monday saying she has determined it's in the best interest of her constituents and her family to end her time in Congress at the end of this year "and not seek re-election". "She didn't respect the awful ordeal that the victim had endured and she didn't respect the rest of her staff by allowing her chief of staff to continue to be her chief of staff for three months after she learned of the allegations is completely unacceptable".

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"Although we worked with the House Employment Counsel to investigate and ultimately dismiss this employee for his outrageous behavior with a former staffer, I believe it is important for the House Ethics Committee to conduct its own inquiry into this matter", Esty said in a statement.

Her case involved a cover-up of some pretty awful behavior by her chief of staff, Tony Baker, who made a death threat on the voice mail of a former staffer, Anna Kain, whom he once dated. Staffers said Esty repaid the federal government last week with her personal funds.

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY'-suh-wits) says the "emerging story regarding battery, harassment and threatening" from Esty's ex-chief of staff and Esty's handling of the response are "very troubling". Pelosi stopped short of calling on the congresswoman to resign.

Baker also allegedly punched Kain, but he has denied that much.

Esty's seat was particularly at risk with a scandal-plagued member. He said "Elizabeth is a friend and a colleague, who has fought hard on behalf of the people she represents for the past six ears". Mr. Baker, who has since received treatment for alcoholism and anger management, apologized to Ms. Kain and the congresswoman, Mr. Ricci said.

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