Black Republican Accuses Cong. Alcee Hastings of Sexual Harassment

08 Mar

I guess the only question I would have here is WTF would they have hired this woman in the first place? Alcee is certainly no saint – but there are some pretty big red flags on this woman. She appears to be associated with the scum side of the right wing, and is trying to promote her book. That isn’t to categorically say she is lying – but there seem to be a lot of motives…

Alcee Hastings, Fla. Democratic congressman, faces sexual harassment allegation

The conservative legal group Judicial Watch announced Monday that it has filed a lawsuit against Rep. Alcee Hastings, accusing the 10-term Florida Democrat of sexually harassing a policy adviser who worked on a commission that Hastings once chaired.

The lawsuit, filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, accuses Hastings of making “unwelcome sexual advances” and taking retaliation against the female employee, Winsome Packer, from January 2008 to February 2010. Packer, a Republican, worked on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, which Hastings had co-chaired until Democrats lost their House majority this year.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are the commission and its former staff director, Fred Turner.

According to the lawsuit, Hastings made repeated sexual advances toward Packer, including asking her to accompany him alone to his hotel room; asking her “humiliating and inappropriate” questions in public; and making unwanted physical contact, including “hugging her with both arms while pressing his body against her body and his face against her face.”

The lawsuit alleges that after Packer declined the advances and reported them to her superiors — including Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), another co-chairman of the commission — Hastings and Turner took retaliatory moves against Packer, including repeatedly threatening her commission job and marginalizing her from her colleagues.

“Ms. Packer was particularly vulnerable to such threats because she was a Republican working for the Democratically-controlled Commission, a point that both Mr. Hastings and Mr. Turner used to threaten and intimidate her,” the lawsuit alleges. “Eventually, the emotional distress, anxiety, and humiliation caused by the sexual harassment and retaliation caused Ms. Packer to suffer severe health problems and forced her to leave her prestigious position.”

In a statement Monday, Hastings said he had not seen the Judicial Watch complaint, although he had seen a draft complaint prepared by the group containing “numerous inaccuracies and untruths.” Turner did not return a call seeking comment.

“I have never sexually harassed anyone,” Hastings said. “In fact, I am insulted that these ludicrous allegations are being made against me. When all the facts are known in this case, the prevailing sentiment will be, ‘How bizarre!’ I will win this lawsuit. That is a certainty. In a race with a lie, the truth always wins. And when the truth comes to light and the personal agendas of my accusers are exposed, I will be vindicated.”

Judicial Watch, founded by former trade lawyer Larry Klayman in 1994, has a history of targeting lawmakers and administration officials, mostly Democrats. It filed at least 18 lawsuits against the Clinton administration in the 1990s, and in 2009, the group filed a lawsuit charging that Hillary Clinton was constitutionally ineligible to serve as secretary of state; the Supreme Court tossed out the case last year.

The group has also previously set its sights on Hastings, who has represented his south Florida district since 1992. In 2006, the group was among several pressuring then-House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) not to appoint Hastings to chair the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, citing Hastings’s impeachment by the House on charges of bribery and perjury in the 1980s. Pelosi eventually did not select Hastings for the post.

Meanwhile, Packer published a novel last year, “A Personal Agenda,”which — according to a June news release. — details “the story of murder, power, racism and love in the political world.”

“Inspired by her own experiences, Packer uses A Personal Agenda to recall the alienation, hostility and impropriety she experienced as a newcomer to Capitol Hill,” reads the release for the novel, which was produced through the self-publishing service CreateSpace. The release quotes Packer as saying that in working on the Hill, “I felt that my civil rights had been encroached upon and given that the perpetrators have been others who had fought for their own rights, I found it to be sobering.”



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8 responses to “Black Republican Accuses Cong. Alcee Hastings of Sexual Harassment

  1. Constructive Feedback

    March 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    I think you’ll never know how much “the All White Jury” of the past warned White employers who dared hire Black employees into their administrative offices only to subject themselves to the risk of “racial discrimination charges” had asked the same type of questions as you do.


    • btx3

      March 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      What are you blubbling about now, Porch?


      • Constructive Feedback

        March 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM

        Please just call me the “N-word” and get it out of the way.

        Did you used to work the “beep” machine at a local hip hop radio station?

        The actual expression of the word matters less than the context of which the “beep” is applied.


      • btx3

        March 11, 2011 at 4:21 PM

        Think you are suffering from PTST, from that ass kicking you get over at BR every day, Porch…

        Have you considered wearing a helmet to prevent brain concussion from the secondary impact of your head hitting the hard ceiling?

        And Porch – You are like the young man, who upon reaching 13 or so and puberty, developed BO after being out on the playground for Gym Class. His Momma told him he stank. His Daddy told him he stank. His teachers told him to take a shower. Even his Grandma, classmates, and Aunts and Uncles told him he stank and to take a bath and put on some of that Axe stuff…

        And Porch, just like that funky youngster – he/you thought all their noses were broken.

        You getting tired of getting your head kicked in, then cut the bullshit and come up with a new act.


  2. CNu

    March 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    I think the economy is going to yield a bumper-crop of heiffah’s-for-hire turning a coonservative trick rather than good old-fashioned back-alley one…,


    • btx3

      March 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      Yeah – They do tend to multiply! And as you look across the plethora of high steppin’ brown conservative harlots…

      They all tend to look the same too, don’t they?


  3. CNu

    March 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Well, I’ll go so far as to say that they “fit a definite mold”.

    Once when pressed several years ago, my lone negro conservative confidente regaled me with stories about the boundless expanses of DC-poonannie for “hire”.

    That was of course prior to the permanent contraction. One can only imagine how profligate things will become when uncle sugar begins shedding non-essential personnel the way a dog sheds fleas…,


    • btx3

      March 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      One of the joys of walking the halls of the Congressional office buildings has always been the “scenery”. Hardest poonanie to get next to in Washington for the average Joe, because the motivation is power and fame, instead of money.

      Obviously, the Tea Bagged have figured out looks sell. With the Sno’ Ho’, and the Minnesota twizzle, they have tapped into heretofore an unrecognized gold vein of boomer chemically fortified libido – capable of suspending all intelligent thought in white males over 50…

      Now to see if it works for other groups.



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