"Too many women have been harmed by harassment in the workplace," he wrote. "In the terrible situation in my office, I could and should have done better."
Esty's decision not to seek re-election comes the same day she took two steps clearly aimed at stopping political bleeding:
- issued a letter from "Dear colleague" in which she asked rhetorically: "How can I did not know, I did not see it, what I do know is that it was not an isolated incidence on the Capitol and that we can and should do better to ensure a safe environment for our employees. "
- He appealed to the House Ethics Committee to accelerate its investigation into the matter. "Although we work with the House Employment Council to investigate and ultimately dismiss this employee for his outrageous behavior with a former employee, I believe it is important that the House Ethics Committee conduct its own investigation into this matter," he wrote. Esty
The message in both actions was clear: I want to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible because I believe that I will be vindicated for what is found. Sure, I could have done things better (faster?) But it was a very difficult situation and I did what I thought was better at that time. I have nothing to hide!
It was not enough.
Conversations with operatives connected in the Nutmeg State before Esty's announcement on Monday afternoon suggested that the writing was on the wall.
" He is not a person who has many people in the state that seeks to save her from this shame, which makes surviving much more difficult, "said a Democratic consultant who works in the state and was granted anonymity to frankly evaluate Esty's political future." I do not know if he does it but he does not feel well and I have no idea why they did not just shoot the guy. "
That was the question that Esty simply could never answer to anyone's satisfaction, and that's the reason why will not return to Congress in 2019.