Saturday, October 21, 2006

Rep. Rodney Alexander's office sued for sexual harrassment 

From Americablog, we learn of this Roll Call article:

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), already enmeshed in the ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) page scandal, now faces a new controversy as a former staffer has sued his office for sexual harassment.

Elizabeth Scott, Alexander's former scheduler, claims that Royal Alexander, the Congressman's chief of staff, "engaged in a course of misconduct" that included "inappropriate sex-based comments, ogling and touching" and "sexual advances," according to Michael Hoare, Scott's attorney. Scott told the Congressman of his aide's alleged improper behavior but the Louisiana Republican took no action to correct the situation, Hoare said....

Scott said she was demoted from her position as scheduler to staff assistant by Royal Alexander in May 2006 when "she complained of possible sex discrimination" by him. She met with the Congressman shortly after that and informed him about the alleged improper behavior by his chief of staff, according to Hoare. Rodney and Royal Alexander are not related.

Scott eventually left the office at the end of June, saying it was "intolerable" for her to work there any longer.

Royal Alexander is the one who basically handled the Foley emails for Rodney Alexander. Doesn't sound like the most sensitive soul around. Louisiana must remember that our Republican legislators have pronounced Alexander's office as "beyond reproach". They are "very proud" of Alexander's conduct in this Foley scandal, even if his aides (who are now accused of sexual harrassment) declined to show troubling emails to Hastert's office...

Developing....

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Update: Elizabeth Scott is not the Alexander staffer who was fired this summer for corresponding with convicted killer Scott Peterson while on the job. That was Theresa Mares.

We have been told that Alexander (and his confidence in his staff) are "beyond reproach" or criticism. One former staffer was a pen pal to a killer while on the job, and another is either lying about Royal Alexander being a sexual harrasser, or she's telling the truth about it. Either way, it doesn't seem like Rodney Alexander hires capable or trustworthy staff.

And if Alexander was in fact warned of inappropriate behavior amongst his staff and then did nothing... well, that would just fit into a pattern, wouldn't it? Alexander ignored claims made in emails that indicated other pages were at risk. His aide (currently accused of sexual harrassment) did not show these emails to the House leadership. It has become clear that many other pages (besides the one Alexander sponsored) were indeed at risk. But Republicans like McCrery, Boustany, Vitter and Jindal (sorta) lined up to defend him.

What more do you think will come to light? Do you think it will reflect nicely or poorly on Alexander's decision-making? Place your bets.
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"Developing . . ."????

More like Decaying.

By Blogger Mr. Clio, at 4:06 PM  

Rodney needs to let him go, now...

By Blogger Brian, at 4:32 PM  

Good Lord!! We are surrounded by these people. What will it take to get them out?

By Blogger Donnie McDaniel, at 5:28 PM  

As to this post and your previous, do not stop blogging about this. I would blog more about it, but it pisses me off so much and I don't feel like writing anything that reads as angry as I feel. I think parents are naturally more pissed off than non-parents, but reading what a parent has to say might open some people's eyes.

By Blogger dangerblond, at 10:49 PM  

A civil suit can mean any number of things. It can mean one party (or group) has a legitimate claim against another. It can also mean that one party has its feelings hurt. There can also be dark political motives. Whether or not the suit will prevail in the Courts is another matter entirely.

Hell, I could sue The Erster Himself for some imagined slight. All I need is a scumbag attorney willing to file.

Question the timing. Alexander is waltzing through an election cycle where the opponent (what's her name?) can't seem to get any traction. Wait a month or so, and see how the suit is progressing.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:49 AM  

I agree with all those points paw paw. The timing is convenient. BUT, this means that either Rodney has a sexual harrasser on his staff (one who he entrusted to handle the Foley emails) or he had someone who is willing to lie about being sexually harrassed.

Not too impressive. But we are told that Alexander (and therefore his confidence in his staff) is "beyond reproach".

By Blogger oyster, at 9:56 AM  

I first dealt with Royal Alexander when he was working for congressional candidate Clyde Holloway (who lost). Man, was the guy ever a jerk. And when the Rod took him on, I figured "good riddance." When I had a serious question regarding a serious issue connected to the National Guard in Iraq, I got the brush off. If those Dist. 5 folks re-elect that ineffectual clown from Quitman, they deserve him.
p.s. And when the Rod switched to Dem, his wife was totally against the idea.

By Blogger AWG, at 9:30 PM  

And this on top of the Foley/Page Scandal.

I'm interested in Libertarian Brent Sanders. I've heard a lot of what he has said and like most of it.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:31 PM  

Teresa Mares is not who the 5th District voted to represent them in Washington it was Rodney Alexander so what she does outside that congressional office is NO ONES BUSINESS!!! If you are going to judge one you should judge all the others!!!!!!! I had to ask Rodney Alexander to help with my mothers Visitor Visa and Teresa Mares is the person that handled this and got my mothers Visa approved in 2 days!!!! She is a very sincere woman.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 AM  

Thank you for the compliment! Scott Peterson is in love with me and it didn't take us long at all to hit it off.
I will keep on writing to Mr. Peterson and we even have discussed a future together.
As for my job- I never even liked Rodney very much. Everyone would make personal calls, use government, and taxpayers money to their advantage. So what if I did. I can name names since I know who and so they aren't going to speak more on me.
One day I will be known as Theresa Marie Peterson!
Tough shit all you smart ass girls out there in California.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:46 PM  

He really fired you for that?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 PM  

This story is more than ridiculous. Whatever your political leanings, does anybody think a staffer who was fired for incompetence can be trusted to tell the truth? Apparently Ms. Scott was so bad in her job she once sent the Congressman to the state capitol instead of the national capitol. Leave Royal Alexander alone. Good grief.
These are allegations only, made by a woman who has also accused the congessman of sexual discrimination because a long-time employee on the staff made more than she after less than a year on the job. Leave it alone, people, there's nothing here.

By Anonymous Cara Barnes, at 11:11 AM  

sounds like royal is a victim of rod's white trash, grossly incompetent staff.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM  

Oyster: You are way off base on several fronts. First, Cong. Alexander switched to the REPUBLICAN party, not the Democratic party. He was already a Democrat, hence the switch. Second, I am from Pineville and have dealt with Royal Alexander numerous times when I contacted Cong. Holloway's office on policy matters. He is the last person on earth I would call a "jerk." He was always highly attentive and respectful to my wife and me. Oyster, next time try to be informed so as to avoid embarassing yourself.
Tucker Stockstill

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:59 PM  

Decaying? Try developing. The truth will come out...I think Ms. Scott knows more about Congressman Alexander and Royal than she's told thus far...it will be interesting to see what transpires - remember, she was there when the Foley scandal was evolving yet she never testified...it's an interesting evolving story...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:52 PM