Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) dropped a Harvey Weinstein-like bomb on Congress on Tuesday.
The congresswoman recently started the Twitter hashtag #MeTooCongress to get information on colleagues who sexually harass people on Capitol Hill.
Speier said that she was a victim of sexual harassment as a staffer on Capitol Hill many years ago.
During a House committee meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Speier announced:
“In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who serve, who have ... engaged in sexual harassment.”
She didn’t name the harassers but did provide a few lowlights:
“These harasser propositions, such as, ‘Are you going to be a good girl?’ to perpetrators exposing their genitals, to victims having their private parts grabbed on the House floor."
The Hill reported that Speier’s remarks came soon after Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) also said she was “ogled” and inappropriately touched by another representative.
And The Hill reported that Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) said that a staffer quit her job after a male lawmaker exposed himself to her:
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), a member of the House Administration Committee, said she had heard of an unidentified male lawmaker who exposed himself to a young female staffer.
According to Comstock, the lawmaker asked the staffer to bring materials to his residence. He opened the door in only a towel, invited the staffer inside and proceeded to expose himself.
The staffer subsequently quit, Comstock said.
Speier is trying to pass a law to force members of Congress and their staff to be put through sexual harassment training.
Apparently, a few of them could use a refresher course.