CA Rep. Jackie Speier Alleges Rampant Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

Bryan Michalek | October 27, 2017
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In a video posted online, representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) alleged a culture of sexual harassment and assault on Capitol Hill, saying she was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement. 

In Speier's video, she claims a chief of staff grabbed her and "kissed me and stuck his tongue in my mouth" while she worked as a congressional staffer in her 20s.

Speier later told ABC News she was referring was Joe Holsinger, the chief of staff for former Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif. Holsinger was about 50 at the time the assault took place, while Speier was in her mid-20s. 

“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..I know what it’s like to keep these things hidden deep down inside,” Speier says in a video posted on social media this week.

The congresswoman has launched a #MeTooCongress campaign in an effort to weed out alleged sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill and invite other women to come forward with their stories.

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