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Rep. Al Green’s revelation

Not totally sure what to make of this.

Rep. Al Green

More than a decade ago, Congressman Al Green had a “romantic encounter” with a former aide in Houston, which later led to an allegation of sexual assault and talk of lawsuits and employee discrimination.

As quickly as the incident popped up, it quieted down in a 2008 agreement between the two.

Resolved or not, the episode was back in the news Monday as Green put out a statement explaining that he and the woman, Lucinda Daniels, are “consenting friends” and “regret (their) former claims” – and that there was no payment ever made in the case.

“In the present climate, we wish to jointly quiet any curious minds about our former and present relationship with one another,” Green and Daniels said in a joint statement, which Green signed in trademark green ink. “We are friends, and have long been friends. At an unfortunate time in our lives, when both of our feelings were hurt, we hastily made allegations against one another that have been absolutely resolved.”

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[An] aide said the decade-old allegations were not secret and did not involve Green’s congressional office nor the taxpayer-funded Office of House Employment Counsel.

Green publicly withdrew a lawsuit in December 2008 that he had filed three-months earlier asking a federal judge to find that he never discriminated against Daniels, the former director of his Houston office.

Apparently, this was in response to some stories on a “conservative” “news” site, which didn’t like Rep. Green’s impeachment actions. From the story presented here, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything nefarious – the former aide in question co-authored the statement, after all. I suppose someone else could pop up to dispute the story or add something unsavory to it, or some other incidents could come to light. I hesitate to make any definitive statement at this time, since there is so often more to this kind of story, but until or unless something else comes to light, this doesn’t seem like much.

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6 Comments

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    One thing is sure…..had Hillary won, this current hysteria about sexual harassment wouldn’t be a thing right now. As it is, it seems to be negatively effecting all kinds of people.

    While I really don’t care for Al Green, he denies anything untoward occurred, I’m going to take him at his word. The interesting thing about all this is, the number of Congress Critters who are not going to seek reelection, like Gutierez. There must be a lot of skeletons in those closets.

  2. mollusk says:

    I’m going to take the woman who was involved with Al Green at HER word. If she’s OK with things, and there’s no evidence whatsoever of coercion, who are we to argue?

    I had a matter before him when he was a JP, long before he went to Congress. It was something close to what JPs do every day, but it had some wrinkles. I rarely see a judge who is more prepared than I am anywhere, much less on a JP bench, but he was.

  3. Flypusher says:

    “..has Hillary won, this current hysteria about sexual harassment wouldn’t be a thing right now.”

    The damn finally broke with Weinstein and Cosby, and it had nothing to do with their political activity. The fact that you brush off a serious and endemic social problem with the mysogynistic dog whistle (hysteria) does not shock me at all.

    But there is one speck of truth in your observation- the fact that Trump admitted to, nay, bragged about, committing sexual assault, and has yet to pay the long overdue consequences, has plenty of people outraged, and that has probably helped in seeing that the chickens are finally starting to fly home to roost. It’s a big flock too, rivaling the legendary flocks of passengers pigeons of old. May the enablers choke on all the “hysteria”. But righteous anger is the more accurate term.

  4. Bill Daniels says:

    Fly,

    I disagree (naturally). Think about it. The pu$$y hat protests? Militant feminism? This was all ginned up as part of the “Trump resistance.” Had Hillary won, guess what? No need for protests.

    What we are seeing is those angry women feeling their oats. They hate men, and wow, now they have the power to destroy men, and boy are they ever going to do it. Of course getting Trump was the original goal, but that has morphed into a blitzkrieg War on Men in general. It’s like giving a kid a BB gun, then seeing a marked increase in broken windows.

    I don’t dispute that some of these women may have valid gripes, but I also firmly believe there’s money to be made, or old scores to settle. The great thing about all this is, the enemy was supposed to be limited to white, Christian, conservative men, but the pu$$y hat crowd broadened that. Now every man is the enemy, including non whites, non Christians, and liberals.

  5. Flypusher says:

    This goes far beyond protesting Trump’s appalling behavior Bill, but your are too narrow minded to get it. There were shoes dropping before Trump, have you forgotten Bill Cosby, for example? It’s only a war against all men if in fact you think that all men are sexual harassers.

    If you don’t act like a jerk, and respect other people’s boundaries, you have zero to fear from all these scary angry women. So who’s in it for the $? You made the accusation, put up some evidence.

  6. Bill Daniels says:

    Fly,

    Let’s look at the only Moore accuser to put up any “evidence,” an obviously faked yearbook. Why won’t Allred allow that yearbook to be examined by impartial experts? A: Because she knows it’s a fake.

    If I knew I had the real deal, like the blue dress, I’d be jumping for joy for experts to validate my evidence. Instead, once called out on the fake, Allred slithered away. Notice you aren’t hearing any more from her? Must be hard for her to stay out of the limelight. Why?

    Why did Al Green’s “er, um, something happened, but really nothing happened” woman bring her non story up now? 15 minutes of infamy? Still some latent anger? Or perhaps looking for a quick payoff to go away again? Al didn’t bring that up, SHE did. Why?

    Trust me, this whole thing is a “get Trump” plan that just went off the rails and took on a life of its own, and now any woman with a grudge has the power. Passed over for a promotion? Think life is unfair? Want to do something about “male privilege?” The feminists have got you believing there’s a sexual assaulting man under every bed. This is our “red scare.”

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