Former US Representative Esty denies seeking re-election

Sen. Bob Duff

Sen. Bob Duff

The move by Esty to not seek reelection comes after various CT politicians called on her to resign.

In an approximately 300-word statement on Facebook, Elizabeth Esty seemed to admit that she mishandled the situation.

It would take until mid-July of 2016 before Julie Sweet, a former top aide selected by Esty to conduct the probe, finally met with staffers, including Kain.

He also accompanied the congresswoman to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia before leaving with a positive reference from Esty.

"You better fucking reply to me or I will fucking kill you", Baker told her in the message, according to the recording obtained by the Post.

A lawyer for the committee said he could not comment on Esty's request for an investigation. At the time, the source said, no one from the Democratic leadership was pressuring her to resign. An open-seat election in this district isn't a lock for Democrats, but Esty insisted on running again the party might have seriously anxious about holding the seat even in a year that's shaping up to be a good one for the party. Sweet contacted staffers, including Kain, in July.

Esty apologized following the Connecticut Post report. In May 2016, former Esty staffer Anna Kain, who had previously dated Baker, alerted police about a threatening voicemail she had received from him. But for Republicans, the sudden drama could create a rare, if still long-shot, opportunity to offset this year's likely House losses with an even rarer blue-state pickup.

Elizabeth Esty will not seek reelection to Congress in 2018, after pressure mounted for her to step down in the wake of a report detailing her lack of action in a harassment scandal in her Capitol Hill office.

A female colleague of Baker's at the time said it was unnerving that he was allowed to stay in the office for months after the May incident. "To know that I sat next to this man for so many months". Staffers said Esty repaid the federal government last week with her personal funds. "We could have been the face of it".

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CT U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is asking the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether she committed any wrongdoing in how she handled the firing of a former chief of staff accused of harassment, threats and violence. Esty kept Baker on her payroll for three months after learning of the accusations against him, CNN has confirmed. She says the situation in her office was "terrible". A phone number listed for a Tony Baker in Columbus, Ohio, where the spokesman said the former chief of staff was living, was disconnected.

"No one should ever be harassed, assaulted or intimidated at work", Murphy said in a statement.

Esty stayed out of sight on Monday, but the news that she helped an alleged abuser get a job, a severance payment, and a non-disclosure agreement is not sitting well with prominent members of her own political party.

"My fear is that this was just a tactic to stop the bleeding", he said. "She talked to us in August 2016 and basically lied to our faces". However, Esty says she will serve out the remainder of her term. "She didn't protect the safety of the victim", Flexer said.

"It's a reasonable expectation that Congresswoman Esty should have suspended her chief of staff immediately".

Ricci said that as part of the negotiated departure, Baker and Esty met and agreed on "talking points" that Esty would make if a potential employer called her.

The district includes Newtown, where the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre occurred.

He added: "I believe she is now doing that". Baker declined to release a draft of those talking points.

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