Let’s recap. in 2011 I blogged about the royal screwing the MA House leadership was giving a young woman working for a Republican state representative. (I reposted it on Wednesday and Charley removed it on Thursday. Something about the language I’m guessing. I’ll try not to use big words this time)
2011, a year we remember well. Croatia became a member of the European Union, Apple released the iPhone 4S, and the Mass House passed a budget. I don’t know about the first two but that last thing was a huge deal. So huge that there was a late night/early morning party in Speaker DeLeo’s office. With alcohol. Boys and girls. All the cool kids were there. Mariano, Moran, and the rest of them.
A young male state rep. was invited by someone like Majority Leader Ron Mariano or leadership flaky Mike Moran to the semi exclusive bash. The young 20 something and single rep. brought a young female with him. She was also single, worked for a Republican state rep. and she too had been working long hours until the budget was finally passed in a late night session. The invite is how they cultivate the young reps. Make them feel special.
Get the picture?
Allow me to summarize what happened next in a two act play.
At the party the young rep took the aide on a tour of the House chamber. There is a door in the speaker’s office that leads to the chamber near where the rostrum is. Very accessible, may have been open. So the two left the old big feeling stiffs in the speakers office and wandered out to take a stroll through the garden, I mean chamber. According to the rep. and the aide there was no hanky panky going on and that fits with the evidence. (I don’t care if they were doing every move in the Karma Sutra my position would not change.)
A court officer (they are the security for the House. The speaker is their boss) who started working there when FDR could still walk was beginning his day. This started with arriving to work hours before required, showering in the member’s lounge, and then doing whatever he does until normal people start showing up.
He saw the impromptu tour and went berserk and complained to the speaker.
Suddenly the speaker is Mr. Morals. (There’s a former state trooper from Winthrop who would disagree, but anyway…) “How dare these two be alone without an escort? I hope there was room between them for the Holy Spirit”. So rather than ending it there and not letting this become the biggest scandal this middle school has ever seen, DeLeo threw gasoline on it. ‘Must put a stop to this behavior.’
He put the rep. on double secret probation and that was that.
But wait, kids being kids they talk. And talk. And then talk some more. The rumors going around the Massachusetts State House/Middle School were that the girl is a slut. And middle school boys being middle school boys hear this and some of them think she can be their first kiss. So on the down low the aide is sexually harassed, gossiped about, and made to feel like shit. Her boss, the Republican rep. fires her. He couldn’t take it any more. Poor bastard. Real stand up guy.
The aide needed help but couldn’t get any. Female legislators were nowhere to be found. The women’s caucus? To paraphrase the communists, ‘All of us women are equal but some are more equal than others”.
Guess who did speak up for her? BMG friend and my buddy Dan Winslow. (Unlike his former boss Mitt Romney, Dan is not a fraud. He’s authentic.)
The aide gets a lawyer and receives from the House about $30,000 with a non-disclosure agreement which was a deal breaker for DeLeo.
That’s the background.
Here’s where it get’s good.
After the that, the fired aide ran for state rep (not against her former boss’s) and won.
Rep. Diana DiZoglio, come on down! You are this years BIG WINNER!
Then came the #metoo movement. Everyone’s a metooer, right? Couple that with Stan Rosenberg’s boy toy and we have a perfect storm to out these bastards.
Time to review House policies on sexual harassment (meaning public is demanding it).
One issue is non-disclosure agreements. and it came to a floor debate the other day.
Rep. Diana DiZoglio took the floor and told of her experience and abandonment, what it did to her, and the need to protect the people who work for the powerful solons.
Great speech. Unfortunately many members of the Woman’s Caucus kept interrupting her speech and tried to use every procedural move to cause her problems and prohibit her from telling her story.
Hey Marjorie Decker, the progressive’s progressive from Cambridge who has the back of the little guy, you know what you did. Yes you do. Don’t deny it.
Same for you Pat Haddard.
“That’s funny, why would they do that Ernie,” you ask.
Well, you will have to ask them. I can only assume it is because the speaker told them to. Then again he doesn’t have to with the species known as the State House Progressive Fraud. They self-preserve by cornering the moral superiority market while not practicing what they preach. But again, you have to ask them. In fact you should ask them. Perhaps young progressive female primary challengers can ask them.
You know who Aung San Suu Kyi is, right? She is the Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, (btw when can we stop having to say “formerly known as Burma”, I don’t get it) She was all in on human rights in Burma and bravely fought the government for the abuses inflicted upon her people.
She’s a true believer in the ‘all people are equal but are some are more equal than others’ credo. In fact, she appears to be all in with the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. Not sure what her reasons are for that. Same for Marjorie Decker and the women who were serving in the House in 2011 and serving now.
Time to let the members of the Woman’s Caucus know how we feel. Call or email and ask them to support Rep. Dizoglio. If us sisters don’t stick-up for one another who will?
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Let rep. DiZoglio know you support her.
Give them a call or send an e-mail. Between these state reps there must be ten thousand awards from Women’s groups. Time to actually earn the award. Anyone can sign on to a bill and learn talking points and raise a hand in agreement with a friendly crowd.
Time to separate the frauds from the real things.
BTW There is more than one non-disclosure agreement floating around where the House paid off females alleging sexual harassment against male members. No pun intended. Trust me when I tell you this, a few reps up there are extremely nervous about a few of these agreements. Extremely nervous.