Democrats tell embattled congresswoman to quit; she says no

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Embattled Connecticut U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is ignoring calls from fellow Democrats for her to step down for not protecting female staffers who said they experienced violence, death threats and sexual harassment by her former chief of staff.

Esty is an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement. She has apologized for not protecting the staffers in her Washington office but on Saturday continued to dismiss calls for her to resign.

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) says the “emerging story regarding battery, harassment and threatening” from Esty’s ex-chief of staff and Esty’s handling of the response are “very troubling.” She says, “Congresswoman Esty must step down from her position.”

Senate President Martin M. Looney says if recent news stories are true “Congresswoman Esty should do the right thing and resign.”

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