Sexual harassment suit for… Alcee Hastings?

posted at 4:00 pm on June 22, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Another day, another congressional sex scandal in the making.

A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter…

It began at least a month ago after Judicial Watch, a conservative group, filed a lawsuit as the legal counsel for Winsome Packer, a staffer on a commission Mr. Hastings headed. She alleged that she had been sexually harassed by the congressman and that he retaliated when she tried to report it.

You know, not for nothing, but after the entire Weiner saga I’m either too burned out, grossed out, or just plain jaded to launch into yet another snark infested tirade. While details are scarce on the original accusation, (for which, on behalf of the entire interwebz, I would like to express my eternal gratitude) the matter has already progressed past the point of an official complaint being lodged and it’s been taken up by the Office of Congressional Ethics, so there must be some meat on this bone. (I’m sorry… there’s only so many ways I can describe this without Weiner creeping back into the discussion.)

For the record, the only contact I have who has direct experience with the congressman responded to a request for comment, saying that Hastings, “has always behaved in a very professional fashion” and that she had, “never observed anything inappropriate.” That, of course, has no direct bearing on his specific relationship with Ms. Packer, and I am not casting any doubt on her claims until the committee finishes their work.

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Hastings should never have been in the House to begin with. Somehow, in impeaching and removing him from the federal bench for corruption, the Dems “forgot” to DQ him from holding elective office.

teke184 on June 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Hmmmm….let’s use the new OCR rules for determining if it was sexual harassment or not.

BobMbx on June 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

You know, not for nothing, but after the entire Weiner saga I’m either too burned out, grossed out, or just plain jaded to launch into yet another snark infested tirade.

What’s worst Hastings isn’t as funny sounding a name as Weiner! Gonna be a pain whipping up some snide remarks with this one!

pilamaye on June 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Power makes men sooo saxy.

Hening on June 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Statute of limitations? Didn’t this allegedly occur in the 1970s?

AshleyTKing on June 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM

You know, not for nothing, but after the entire Weiner saga I’m either too burned out, grossed out, or just plain jaded to launch into yet another snark infested tirade

Allah, come now. Don’t you know that packing the rest of the sexually stupid, is going to roast the rest of the weiners and make people not want to stack the deck.

upinak on June 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

If there is nothing there then why is it going around the internet today?If I was him and this was not true I would be raising the roof by now.

@pilamaye,it is going to be hard to snide his name up.

docflash on June 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

This is your brain…this is your brain on Viagra.

joe btfsplk on June 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

If there is nothing there then why is it going around the internet today?If I was him and this was not true I would be raising the roof by now.

@pilamaye,it is going to be hard to snide his name up but I have faith in HA’ers.

docflash on June 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I hear Alcee is on the phone with Bill Clinton right now, working on his defense. Depends on what the meaning of the word is, is.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on June 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

oops

docflash on June 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

What kind of name is ‘Winsome’, anyway? Bloody silly, if you ask me. Why not name your daughter ‘Toothsome Morsel’ while you’re at it. Bah.

Fortunata on June 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Allah, Jazz,come now. Don’t you know that packing the rest of the sexually stupid, is going to roast the rest of the weiners and make people not want to stack the deck.

upinak on June 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

FIFY

BobMbx on June 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

What kind of name is ‘Winsome’, anyway? Bloody silly, if you ask me. Why not name your daughter ‘Toothsome Morsel’ while you’re at it. Bah.

Fortunata on June 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

She changed her name from “Plenty Broadchest”.

Roy Rogers on June 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

What kind of name is ‘Winsome’, anyway? Bloody silly, if you ask me. Why not name your daughter ‘Toothsome Morsel’ while you’re at it. Bah.

Fortunata on June 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

“Winsome Packer” sounds like a stage name.

Dee2008 on June 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

What kind of name is ‘Winsome’, anyway? Bloody silly, if you ask me. Why not name your daughter ‘Toothsome Morsel’ while you’re at it. Bah.

Fortunata on June 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

She changed her name from “Plenty Broadchest”.

Roy Rogers on June 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

That’s it! A Bond girl for sure.

Dee2008 on June 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

So Alcee harassed her the old-fashioned way, sans Twitter.

Roy Rogers on June 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Paging Andrew Breitbart!

MeatHeadinCA on June 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Statute of limitations? Didn’t this allegedly occur in the 1970s?

AshleyTKing on June 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Does it matter? IF it’s true that he sexually harassed someone, he has no business in Congress. Well, actually…

MeatHeadinCA on June 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

“Vitter is still there” –Lefties

Schadenfreude on June 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Let’s see, he’s been in the Judicial Branch and the Legislative Branch, so the only one left is the Executive Branch.

Hastings/Weiner ’12!

Ward Cleaver on June 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Her name is “Winsome”?

Really?

Old Fritz on June 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I’m either too burned out, grossed out, or just plain jaded to launch into yet another snark infested tirade

Allah’s shift should be starting soon, anyway, so take the rest of the day off.

Meanwhile, we’ll stop over at Ace’s.

Emperor Norton on June 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Allah, come now. Don’t you know that packing the rest of the sexually stupid, is going to roast the rest of the weiners and make people not want to stack the deck.

upinak on June 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

It’s Jazz, not Allah.

And really…can we just not hear about any more sex scandals involving politicians unless it’s either Kirsten Gillibrand or Paul Ryan or someone whose sex life doesn’t evoke feelings of extreme nausea?

MadisonConservative on June 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

So Alcee harassed her the old-fashioned way, sans Twitter.

Roy Rogers on June 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

So according to liberal logic, it’s fine, right? A man of advanced Clintonian ethics (or lack thereof).

Aronne on June 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Every time a Democrat Congressperson like Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) puts the “Office of Congressional Ethics” back in the news, it should be treated as a reminder that we are still waiting for the ethics cases against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) to be resolved.

wren on June 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I believe Anita Hill Winsome Packer.

scrubjay on June 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

“Winsome Packer” sounds like a stage name.

Dee2008 on June 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

For all of you ignoramuses posting comments about the woman’s name, know that she is a Republican woman from Jamaica.

It may come as a surprise, but most of the people in the world do not have Anglo-Saxon names. Those from former slave colonies often times have traditional types of names such as Patience.

They, fortunately, have not taken to naming their children “Alcee”.

Common Sense on June 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

And really…can we just not hear about any more sex scandals involving politicians unless it’s either Kirsten Gillibrand or Paul Ryan or someone whose sex life doesn’t evoke feelings of extreme nausea?

MadisonConservative on June 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Yeah, the sex life of those are going to make real nauseous. Aaron Shchshcchock’s though is the only congressman that will make it interesting.

Apologetic California on June 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

And I thought Congress usually exempted itself from this mundane rules for lesser people.

Ad as so many seem to have said about the Weiner episode, “It ain’t illegal, who cares about ethical.”

OBQuiet on June 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

… after the entire Weiner saga I’m either too burned out, grossed out, or just plain jaded to launch into yet another snark infested tirade.

Not me. Let ‘er rip! Tear ‘em down one by one.

Could’t happen to a nicer bunch if guys than Weiner and Hastings.

UltimateBob on June 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Common Sense on June 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Ignoramuses? That’s a bit harsh don’t you think?

Whether she’s from Jamaica or Timbuktu, it still sounds like the kind of name Ian Fleming would have given one of his characters.

Dee2008 on June 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM

First impeachment from the bench, now S/H and an ethics investigation! Way to represent!

Khun Joe on June 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Poor Alcee…you winsome, you lose some. Hopefully all of it.

hoosiermama on June 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I like the name Winsome. It’s… winsome. May her lawsuit prosper!

perries on June 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Poor Alcee…you winsome, you lose some. Hopefully all of it.

hoosiermama on June 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

We have a weiner winner!

tpitman on June 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Entitled.

How many ticking time bombs are there in the liberal party?

Speakup on June 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM

*sigh*

Obama should tout this. We’ve saved, or created 2.1 million harrassing perverts since I took office.

capejasmine on June 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I’m pretty sure his harassment defense won’t be made up as it goes along.

Jorge Bonilla on June 22, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Gonna be a pain whipping up some snide remarks with this one!
pilamaye on June 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Hasty likes Pudding?

BigAlSouth on June 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Alcee Hastings has ethics? Who knew.

Or as his constituents like to say: “Hey! He’s a crook, but he’s OUR crook!”

GarandFan on June 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM

You know, not for nothing, but after the entire Weiner saga I’m either too burned out, grossed out, or just plain jaded to launch into yet another snark infested tirade.
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canopfor on June 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

ew,.. just ew

Alden Pyle on June 22, 2011 at 7:13 PM

What kind of name is ‘Winsome’, anyway? Bloody silly, if you ask me. Why not name your daughter ‘Toothsome Morsel’ while you’re at it. Bah.

Fortunata on June 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Still, a considerable improvement on “Shaniqua.”

warbaby on June 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Racists! The whole lot of you!

Paid for by the Committee to Erect Anthony Weiner on June 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM

He’s a former judge and jailbird for influence peddling. How he ever got elected is beyond me.

Kissmygrits on June 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Bye.

Mcguyver on June 22, 2011 at 9:08 PM

What kind of name is ‘Winsome’, anyway? Bloody silly, if you ask me. Why not name your daughter ‘Toothsome Morsel’ while you’re at it. Bah.

Fortunata on June 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

She changed her name from “Plenty Broadchest”.

Roy Rogers on June 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

How’s about Comely Trunkful? Or Verdant Verge? Man you can not make this up! When you have the all-seeing Alcee Hasty, er Hastings, snuggling up to a Winsome Package, er, Packer, the rest of the story writes itself! He’s found guilty and is pardoned by Eric Package Holder. Natch!

smellthecoffee on June 22, 2011 at 9:40 PM