Congresswoman Tells Her 'Me Too' Story About Capitol Hill Boss 'Sticking His Tongue in My Mouth'

| OCT 27, 2017 | 8:59 PM

The Harvey Weinstein scandal set off a cascade of “me too” stories about sexual harassment from women in typical workplaces to those in the California legislature.

But now comes a challenge to women in Washington, D.C., home of the “waitress sandwich,” Bill Clinton’s resolute desk antics and a senator’s unwanted smooching, and it comes from a powerful voice.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) described Congress as a “breeding ground for a hostile work environment.”

Friday on her Facebook page, Speier challenged the rest of her Capitol Hill colleagues to tell their sexual harassment stories.

Then she dropped a bomb of her own:

She wrote:

I'm sharing my #MeToo story as a former congressional staffer in the hope that my colleagues in Congress, and other current and former staffers who feel safe doing so, will join me. Many of us in Congress know what it’s like, because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long. It’s time to throw back the curtain on the repulsive behavior that, until now, has thrived in the dark without consequences. It's time for us to stand up for what's right. It's time for #MeTooCongress!

She started a new Twitter hashtag #MeTooCongress:

One publication named a man who could have been her antagonizer, but Speier didn’t confirm it.

Within a short time, a woman shared a story:

And, undoubtedly, there will be plenty more.