Democrats care about women. They care about sexual harassment. They're more #MeToo than #MeToo. And yet, this stuff keeps happening at the highest levels of government. And it stretches from the Democratic Governors Association to New York City to Montana.
The New York Times reported this week that a former top aide to Gov. Steve Bullock, who resigned from the New York mayor’s office last year in the wake of sexual-harassment accusations, was also fired at the Democratic Governors Association in 2015 for the same reason, when Bullock was its chair.
Kevin O’Brien, who ran Bullock’s 2012 gubernatorial campaign and later went to work for the DGA and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, resigned last year from his job as senior adviser to the mayor, after being accused of sexually harassing two women.
The Times first reported the reasons for O’Brien’s March 2018 resignation two weeks ago.
The newspaper reported Monday that the DGA fired O’Brien in December 2015 after he’d been accused of sexually harassing a female employee – just weeks before he was hired by de Blasio in early 2016 as deputy chief of staff.
Bullock “was among whose who knew the reason” for O’Brien’s firing, the Times reported.
As usual, nobody was actually told.
In a statement provided to the Times and MTN News, Bullock said he was “deeply troubled” to learn of the circumstances of O’Brien’s 2018 resignation from the mayor’s office.
He also confirmed that he knew about the 2015 sexual-harassment complaint filed against O’Brien by a female staffer at the DGA and “fully agreed” with the DGA’s decision to fire him.
“It’s clear that was not enough to protect these women (in New York) from what has proven to be an unacceptable pattern of behavior on his part,” Bullock said. “We all have a responsibility to do better and to put an end to sexual harassment, and I’m committed to doing my part.”
Minus the part where Bullock actually did his part, instead of paying lip service to allyship.
In addition to running Bullock’s 2012 campaign, O’Brien also worked for Bullock when he was state attorney general and as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Bullock in 2013.
He went to work for the DGA in early 2015, when Bullock chaired the group.
After resigning from the New York mayor’s office in March 2018, O’Brien was hired by Hilltop Public Solutions, a political consultancy in New York. Hilltop fired O’Brien this month after the Times reported on the reasons for his 2018 resignation.
DeBlasio also didn't see fit to inform anyone.
Both Bullock and DeBlasio have been touted as possible White House candidates.
So we have two Democrats, both of whom have been talked up as White House timber, employing a serial sexual harasser without telling anyone. But why should they be any different than Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders?