Seriously. Rep. John Conyers Jr. apparently cared not one whit about who he creeped on.
Take for instance the case of Melanie Sloan, who formerly headed Citizens and Responsibility for Ethics in Washington (CREW). She also worked as minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee.
Pay special attention to that “ethics” part.
Sloan’s work with Conyers was from 1995 to 1998.
Speaking with the Washington Post earlier Wednesday, Sloan recounted how she was once called to Conyers’ office in the Rayburn Building. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary about that, except for the part where she got there and he was in his underwear.
“I was pretty taken aback to see my boss half-dressed,” she said. “I turned on my heel and I left.”
Sloan must be a true partisan, however. I mean, really.
Sloan added that Conyers’ behavior toward her was inappropriate and abusive, but she told the Post that she didn’t believe she was sexually harassed by him.
Inappropriate and abusive, indeed, but not sexual harassment?
He called you to his office, then stripped down to his underwear. He knew you were coming, so what was his plan?
You’re an ethics lawyer. Wouldn’t the ethics of that situation be a concern?
“There was nothing I could do to stop it,” Sloan told the Post. “Not going to leadership, not going to my boss, not going to a women’s group, not going to a reporter. I was dismissed and told I must be mentally unstable.”
If you told them you didn’t see it as sexual harassment, that’s probably why they thought you were unstable.
She also suggested that she was encouraged to keep quiet, because of a culture of loyalty in Washington.
“The reason I decided to go on the record is to make it easier for other people,” she said. “People are afraid to come forward. So much about working in Washington is about loyalty, and you are supposed to shut up about these things.”
I’d say that culture of silence is still very much in operation, when you consider how they’re circling the wagons.
Sloan is the first of several women to come forward on the record with tales of Conyers’ lechery. An unidentified woman, a former employee, was apparently paid a settlement in 2015 for sexual harassment.
Conyers’ attorney is doing the lawyer thing and denying Conyers was guilty of lounging around his office in his skivvies.
“Representative Conyers has never done anything inappropriate to Melanie Sloan,” said Arnold Reed, Conyers’ legal counsel, saying the Democratic lawmaker would address complaints about his conduct after Thanksgiving.
I suppose he’s counting on the nationwide food coma to allow him to slip in any insane defense.