Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson was in Washington this week touting a proposed law that would prevent companies from secretly settling sexual harassment cases.
The bill was introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to halt forced arbitration that generally results in secrecy surrounding the case.
Arrayed by members of Congress, Carlson said that forced arbitration is a harasser’s best friend:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 6, 2017
The Washington Post reports that the former Fox News anchor couldn't sue the network because of the arbitration clause in her contract:
Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor who accused the network’s late chairman Roger Ailes of punishing her for rejecting his sexual demands, was prevented by an arbitration agreement from suing the company. Instead, she sued Ailes directly and received a $20 million settlement.
Carlson called forced arbitration un-American.
But during an interview on CNN, Carlson was asked if she considered running for office herself. She says her daughter has asked her about it:
She acknowledged that she’s been asked to run for U.S. Senate in Connecticut:
But told CNN’s Poppy Harlow and John Berman that the timing was not right:
She told CNN that she hasn’t foreclosed on the idea for the future:
“My life has worked in mysterious ways. I started as a classical violinist and was going to be a lawyer and I ended up in TV and never expected to be the face of sexual harassment, so my answer to that question is, who knows?”
But to make sure people understood that she was not running anytime soon, she tweeted a message:
No i said I wouldn’t rule out politics in general in my life. I’m not running for Senate in CT https://t.co/2C60Jx6NUY
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) December 7, 2017
The Hill reported that Carlson believes there’s a “partisan divide” in how sexual misconduct allegations are being treated.
Carlson said that she looked forward to the bill “land[ing] on the desk of Donald Trump."