The day Chuck Schumer was dreading finally arrived.
And the top Senate Democrat did his best to bury the bad news.
But this sex scandal is causing Schumer and the Democrats a massive headache.
Fridays are when politicians typically drop bad news.
They call it “take out the trash day.”
That’s because Americans are distracted with their weekend plans and the Saturday newspapers are traditionally the shortest edition of the week.
If you want to hide bad news and hope it doesn’t dominate the news cycle, you leak the story after 5PM on a Friday and hope the public already moved on for the weekend.
Chuck Schumer followed this playbook to a ‘T’.
After the midterm elections, Chuck Schumer’s communications director Matt House left his post.
The departure struck many as odd.
Democrats had just won back power in the House and that strengthened Schumer’s hand in legislative negotiations with the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
But on Friday, the real story leaked out that Matt House had allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with female staffers.
The Huffington Post exclusively reported:
House’s departure, however, was not voluntary. HuffPost has learned, through two sources with knowledge of the situation, that House was pushed out for allegedly having inappropriate sexual encounters with junior staffers, ending what was a nearly six-year tenure as communications director for the New York Democrat. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to a reporter about the allegations.
Schumer’s office confirmed that House was forced out.
“Upon learning that he had inappropriate encounters within the office and that it was making some staff uncomfortable, he was asked to leave,” Schumer’s office wrote in a statement.
House texted the Huffington Post in response to their story.
“I absolutely loved my time working in the Senate and it was the honor of my life. I deeply regret the mistakes I made on the number of occasions when I had too much to drink, and I apologize to anyone who was affected by my behavior. I have always respected all of my colleagues and I was horrified to learn that I made anyone feel uncomfortable. In the past three months, I’ve stopped drinking and I’ve committed to making myself a better colleague and person,” House wrote.
The “Me Too” era has forced a reckoning for Democrats.
The party depends on the votes of women to prop up their coalition.
MeToo scandals have largely affected liberal men like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Al Franken, and others.
Because Democrats need to run up large margins with female voters to have a winning chance, any man accused of wrongdoing is immediately excommunicated from public life.
Democrats don’t have an altruistic motivation for this though.
They want to use their policing of sexual misconduct on their own side to demand Donald Trump also resign from office based on the phony accusations made against him.
But the big difference is that the liberals caught up in these scandals have all admitted to their predatory behavior, meanwhile, Donald Trump denies every allegation against him and the accusations are clearly politically motivated.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.