Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jesus F

A press adviser helping lead the Senate Judiciary Committee’s response to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stepped down amid evidence he was fired from a previous political job in part because of a sexual harassment allegation against him.

Garrett Ventry, 29, who served as a communications aide to the committee chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, had been helping coordinate the majority party's messaging in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high school party. In a response to NBC News, Ventry denied any past "allegations of misconduct."

After NBC News raised questions about Ventry's employment history and the sexual harassment allegation against him, Judiciary Committee Spokesman Taylor Foy replied in a statement: "While (Ventry) strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee."

I'll be the first to attest to the fact that not all allegations are true - after all, I was once the target of such a false claim, and it's not funny. That shit goes on your record and can keep you from even getting another job in the future.

But it sure seems as though there's a disproportionate number of allegations connected to Republican politicians and their help.
Ventry also resigned Saturday from the public relations company where he had been on a temporary leave of absence to work for the Judiciary Committee, a company spokesman told NBC News.

Republicans familiar with the situation had been concerned that Ventry, because of his history, could not lead an effective communications response.
Well, in a word, yes.
Sources familiar with the situation said Ventry was let go from Bell’s office after parts of his résumé were found to have been embellished, and because he faced an accusation of sexual harassment from a female employee of the North Carolina General Assembly's Republican staff.
Apparently, the Republicans are either bad at vetting, or they welcome these people with open arms. Although, again, to be fair, a lot of people pad their resumés.  Maybe most do.

Oh, well, too bad, dude. You can't join in a Republican political venture and not expect to get some slime on you.
While doing work for the Judiciary Committee, Ventry was employed by CRC Public Relations, a prominent GOP firm helping to promote Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court.
Ah, yes. CRC - the swiftboating of John Kerry people. Also, the people who worked with Ed Whelan.  Also...
CRC counts among its clients the Federalist Society, the conservative group that President Donald Trump used to select his pick for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.
The more information we get on this deal, the more it seems to me like Grassley's Asses (and by extension, Trump himself) knew when Kavanaugh was nominated that he had this attempted rape allegation in his past. Indeed, they may have thought that was perfect for their purposes to  be able to blackmail him into whatever votes they want on the Supreme Court.

When we finally get rid of all the sex offenders in politics...

Okay, fantasy.

But, Jesus F.


Comments anyone?

Kavanaugh advanced it and Whelan linked to the story.

Whitlock is Deputy Chief of Staff and Comm Director for Orrin Hatch.  I'm sure he had no idea.  Even if he'd "never spoken" with Whelan - why was it necessary to add that?  He didn't have to actually speak to Whelan to know what was going on.  And, yeah, he deleted it because he didn't want to drag an innocent person into it.  Not because he wanted to distance himself from Whelan when the shit hit the backlash fan.  Right. Sorry, it was too late then.  People already knew about Whitlock's tease of Whelan's disgusting tweets.

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