The Democrats’ top man in the U.S. Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, has finally admitted that he fired one of his top aides over sexual misconduct.
On Friday, Schumer’s office reported that long-time communications director Matt House was forced out last November after accusations emerged that he had “inappropriate sexual contact” with junior staffers.
Speculation whirled late last year when House suddenly quit the Schumer team without going to another high-profile job in D.C. House was not just a low-level staffer, either. Not only has he headed Schumer’s communications team for six years, he was a member of the campaign staff for then Senator Joe Biden’s failed 2008 presidential campaign.
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The Schumer aide abandoned his high-powered position without explanation last November, but now a spokesperson for the Senator’s office has admitted House was released for cause, according to the Daily Caller.
Schumer’s office put out it belated statement on Friday:
“Upon learning that he had inappropriate encounters within the office and that it was making some staff uncomfortable, he was asked to leave,” the Senate Minority Leader’s office said in a statement.
House released his own statement exclaiming that he “regrets” his actions.
“I absolutely loved my time working in the Senate, and it was the honor of my life,” House wrote. “I deeply regret the mistakes I made on the number of occasions when I had too much to drink, and I apologize to anyone who was affected by my behavior.”
“I have always respected all of my colleagues, and I was horrified to learn that I made anyone feel uncomfortable,” the disgraced aide concluded. “In the past three months, I’ve stopped drinking, and I’ve committed to making myself a better colleague and person.”
The firing was performed ahead of any official complaints or legal actions.
Ultimately the timing of Schumer’s statement is interesting. The announcement was made just after the media became engulfed in the story of Vir. Gov. Ralph “Coonman” Northam’s racism scandal. It appears that Schumer’s office hoped that its announcement would bang quietly into the night and no one would notice.
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