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10/27/2019

So Long, Katie

Filed under: General — JVW @ 9:41 pm



[guest post by JVW]

As a follow-up to last Friday’s story about the sexual imbroglio that freshman Representative Katie Hill of California’s 25th District finds herself in, the Congresswoman earlier today announced her imminent resignation, expected to be formalized later this week:

Though her decision to quit strongly suggests that she was indeed, despite her denials, engaging in a forbidden sexual relationship with her legislative director, Ms. Hill still finds the need to cast herself as a victim, insisting:

This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation.

Whatever you say, sweetie. Only next time, try avoiding hopping into the sack with selected members of your campaign staff, especially those whom you bring along with you to your office staff. I haven’t been following the story on RedState, but according to this Fox News report there have also been allegations that Ms. Hill is a heavy drinker. Yes, I know: Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd can’t understand why that would be a problem at all. And, of course, in her resignation statement Ms. Hill treated us to the requisite psychobabble in explaining her peculiar peccadillos:

For the mistakes made along the way and the people who have been hurt, I am so sorry, and I am learning – I am not a perfect person and never pretended to be. It’s one of the things that made my race so special. I hope it showed others that they do belong, that their voice does matter, and that they do have a place in this country.

But fear not, Democrats. It would appear that four or five Republicans, including such distinguished figures as — (checking notes) — George Papadopoulos are considering running for the open seat, so they will almost certainly tear themselves up to shreds thus allowing some typical time-serving Democrat hack to come in and keep the seat in the donkey category.

– JVW

43 Responses to “So Long, Katie”

  1. If you are a 32-year-old United States Representative it might be more appropriate to go by “Kate,” but hey, I’m a grumpy old traditionalist so what the hell do I know? I’m not even cool enough to be accepting of a “throuple” relationship.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  2. How far would a male representative get claiming that an “abusive relationship” led him to post nude pictures of himself on reddit and start hooking up with the office staff?

    Now that Ms. Hill is single, she should considering hooking up with disgraced Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Maybe he can tell her how to keep her seat despite being sleazy.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  3. I had my first throuple experience recently. There were two no-shows, but I still had a good time.

    norcal (eec1aa)

  4. How far would a male representative get claiming that an “abusive relationship” led him to post nude pictures of himself on reddit and start hooking up with the office staff?

    We’ll see.

    Dave (1bb933)

  5. Farther than Ms. Hill, in any case.

    Dave (1bb933)

  6. She will be replaced by a democrat that will be more electable.

    asset (522edd)

  7. Good. It’s wrong to have sex with people that work for you. It’s also an ethical violation. She should have resigned. I’m sorry that she got nude pictures of her splashed all over the internet, that part was unfair.

    Time123 (6e0727)

  8. Everybody wants to be naked and famous.

    PTw (894877)

  9. Every w**re has a hard luck story, and it’s always some man’s fault.

    nk (dbc370)

  10. Real smart, Rs of CA, run a Chicago guy and trust he’s not a hack just from that alone.

    urbanleftbehind (71063f)

  11. She’s terrible, and good riddance. otoh If every member of Congress who had had some kind of extra-marital dalliance were forced to resign there’d be no-one left except (probably) Mitt Romney.

    JRH (52aed3)

  12. On the other hand, one poster here would note for GP on blind ethnic loyalty and another poster (on timeout currently) would complain he is too swarthy.

    urbanleftbehind (71063f)

  13. Every w**re has a hard luck story, and it’s always some man’s fault.

    Wow, bad experience with women?

    Time123 (b87ded)

  14. Wow, bad experience with women?

    No experience with anyone who has has experience with certain kinds of women? You’ve never noticed this sort of thing in general? nk did say “Every w**re” not “Every woman”. There is a difference.

    PTw (894877)

  15. Nancy Pelosi’s statement after Hill’s resignation pretty much translated into “Get the hell out of here now, before you embarrass us further“:

    “Congresswoman Katie Hill came to Congress with a powerful commitment to her community and a bright vision for the future, and has made a great contribution as a leader of the Freshman Class,” Pelosi said in a statement Sunday night. “She has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a Member untenable. We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in the Congress, and in all workplaces.”

    John (c7bcb1)

  16. So long, reliable power in NoCal.

    Turned off Sat afternoon, still off.

    Temp this morning – 39
    Winds – 0 mph
    Humidity – 20%

    harkin (354a38)

  17. Of course, posting your nude pics and your bong pics might be seen as insurance against blackmail. It’s all out there!

    Gonna be a great welcome home par-tay.

    Patricia (3363ec)

  18. @16. Please stay safe. hope your power comes on soon.

    JRH (52aed3)

  19. It’s a little bit of a misapprehension that the vulnerability sexual deviants is that it makes them susceptible to blackmail. The reality is “Give them their meat and they’ll spill their guts.”

    nk (dbc370)

  20. Had HRC trudged back to the NW suburbs of Chicago rather than follow that fatty Bill back to Arkansas, a younger HRC would have had the same career trajectory as Hill sometime in the late 70s/early 80s.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  21. The hypocrisy and selective application of ‘House Rules’ over sexcapades is an endless source of entertainment. Eh, Newtie?

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  22. No one seems to care that publishing revenge poem pictures is a crime

    John (d9b025)

  23. Pelosi pretty much kicked her to the curb. This seat will be red again soon.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  24. @23.Jealousy; old women do that to young sirens.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  25. No one seems to care that publishing revenge poem pictures is a crime

    I’m going to read that as “p0rn.”

    As applied in this case the law is probably unconstitutional as there is an underlying political purpose, which gives it a much heightened status under the 1st Amendment. Several states with “revenge p0rn” laws explicitly except things that may be in the public interest.

    BTW, I think “revenge poems” are absolutely covered by 1A.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  26. So long, reliable power in NoCal.

    How come this crap (power cuts, water cuts, etc) only happens in the Red part of CA?

    Kevin M (19357e)

  27. >How come this crap (power cuts, water cuts, etc) only happens in the Red part of CA?

    Sonoma county is a blue part of CA, and it’s got a huge power cut right now.

    The power cuts are happening where (a) pg&e is the operator (which leaves out southern california), (b) there are high wind alerts, and (c) there are power lines through rugged, wooded terrain.

    That’s going to be the outlying areas of the bay area and the sierras, mostly.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  28. BTW, I think “revenge poems” are absolutely covered by 1A.

    If they weren’t, Taylor Swift wouldn’t be able to write any songs at all.

    Chuck Bartowski (bc1c71)

  29. I think the suddenness of Hill’s departure and the lack of support she got had more to do with the tattoo than any sexual issue. After all, this is a Democrat caucus that stood up for Gary Studds.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  30. She will be replaced by a democrat that will be more electable.

    The district is reddish-purple and the Dems just took a big hit. It will depend greatly on who the Dem nominee is.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  31. We’ll see.

    Hey, Dave, isn’t wining and dining (and …) a lobbyist a valid campaign expense? Certainly SHE would not be allowed to pay — that WOULD be a crime. Did it result in donations?

    If this sounds too sleazy or unethical for politics, well, that’s just your opinion.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  32. >The district is reddish-purple and the Dems just took a big hit. It will depend greatly on who the Dem nominee is.

    There’s something to that, and it might also depend on whether Trump is still on the ballot — even in this district Trump is likely to have lead coattails.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  33. aphrael,

    I know about PG&E. I lived in Cupertino for a few years in the 90’s, and our second week there was spent without power. Trees.

    Hasn’t changed much. I’d like to blame PG&E, but between tree-huggers, rate-approvals, and general mismanagement at the utility, there’s a lot of blame to go around.

    But yes, I’d misplaced Sonoma. All of Sanapanoma is blue.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  34. even in this district Trump is likely to have lead coattails.

    Simi Valley won’t mind, but Palmdale might. Everything changes if Trump is not running. It’s a singularity, just like Trump 2016 was.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  35. Agreed that there’s a lot of blame to go around, I was mostly objecting to the notion that red areas are being singled out. They aren’t.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  36. The district as a whole went 50.3-43.6 for Clinton. Newsom, on the other hand, squeaked by 51.1-48.9.

    Trump is definitely a net negative in this district.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  37. Sex scandal stories are always a red herring. They are designed to make it appear as is there is a moral code, which all of our beloved government employees follow. In reality, they are nothing but thieves and liars; and we should get rid of all of them as soon as possible. So don’t be fooled by their pathetic moral posturing. Those people are pure scum.

    Ron Liebermann (9accee)

  38. Joe Kate Hill
    Apologies to Joan Baez

    I dreamed, I saw Kate Hill last night
    Alive as you and me
    Says I “But Kate, you’re career is dead”
    “I never died” says she
    “I never died” says she

    “The Speaker Nancy killed you, Kate”
    “She shot you Kate” says I
    “Takes more than that to kill me, man”
    Says Kate “I didn’t die”
    Says Kate “I didn’t die”

    And standing there, as big as life
    And smiling with her eyes
    Says Kate “What they can never kill
    Went on to organize
    Went on to organize”

    felipe (023cc9)

  39. Sex scandal stories are always a red herring. They are designed to make it appear as is there is a moral code, which all of our beloved government employees follow. In reality, they are nothing but thieves and liars; and we should get rid of all of them as soon as possible. So don’t be fooled by their pathetic moral posturing. Those people are pure scum.

    Well, this is obviously just a plain lie. Scandals are unimportant because people don’t care about morals, you know, the 340M citizens, just don’t care. There are some government workers that are bad, but there are 5 million government workers. Those 2.1M people in the armed forces are just bad people, right?

    Let’s fire all of them, and then replace them with new “good people”…fire them, and then…

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  40. Nice, felipe. May I try?

    What becomes of the half-ass lesbian?
    Congresswoman, now a has-been.
    Do you think that she will find,
    A new job in Stormy’s line,
    Maybe?

    nk (dbc370)

  41. Bye, Felicia.

    Gryph (08c844)

  42. Meanwhile……

    U.S. Judge William Bertelsman today reversed course and ruled that attorneys for Nick Sandmann could start discovery for a portion of their lawsuit against the Washington Post over its coverage of the so-called Cov Cath incident. It turns out that on reconsideration, the Court found that at least three of the sued-upon statements were both defamatory and the complaint was plausible enough to warrant discovery.“
    _

    harkin (354a38)

  43. Army Officer Who Heard Trump’s Ukraine Call Reported Concerns

    A White House national security official who is a decorated Iraq war veteran plans to tell House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that he heard President Trump appeal to Ukraine’s president to investigate one of his leading political rivals, a request the aide considered so damaging to American interests that he reported it to a superior.

    Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman of the Army, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, twice registered internal objections about how Mr. Trump and his inner circle were treating Ukraine, out of what he called a “sense of duty,” he plans to tell the inquiry, according to a draft of his opening statement obtained by The New York Times.

    He will be the first White House official to testify who listened in on the July 25 telephone call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine….

    Rip Murdock (ed1c94)


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