Per WashingtonExaminer, Hill, 32, admitted to being in a yearlong three-way relationship with a female 22-year-old campaign worker and her husband, Kenny Heslep, from whom she is currently separated. Photos of Hill with the aide were shared with conservative website RedState and showed the freshman congresswoman naked brushing the hair of the younger woman. Another photo showed the two women kissing, and several screen captures of text exchanges provided to RedState seemed to back up the claims that Hill, Heslep, and the 22-year-old were engaged in a polyamorous relationship.
On her way out, Hill left angry, blasting a “double standard” and “misogynistic culture” for her resignation.
Lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also publicly lamented the loss of Hill, saying “this doesn’t happen to male members in the same way.”
Per the Guardian, in her final speech on the floor of Congress, the Democratic representative Katie Hill condemned the “double standard” that forced her to resign after she was accused of having a relationship with a staffer and nude photos of her were published online.
“I am leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse – this time with the entire country watching,” she said.
Hill said she would not “shirk responsibility” for the unexpected and early end to her tenure, but she spoke forcefully about the circumstances that pushed her from office.
“The mistakes I made and the people I’ve hurt that led to this moment will haunt me for the rest of my life and I have to come to terms with that,” she said. “I’ve gone to the darkest places that a mind can go, and I’ve shed more tears than I thought were possible.”
While Hill has acknowledged an affair with one of her campaign workers, she denied allegations of an affair with her legislative director, which touched off an ethics investigation in the House. In her speech she called out the hypocrisy of having a president and other men still in power despite accusations of sex crimes, while she has been forced to step down after being a victim of one.
Rep. Matt Gaetz responded to the news by arguing Katie Hill should be angry at fellow Democrats for not defending her, not Trump.
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