In much less important news than Lauten’s Facebook post, Dem staffer pleads guilty to sexual assault

posted at 9:31 pm on December 2, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Well, this story would seem to fit into the news cycle perfectly, and I look forward to it being covered extensively. It’s the story of a Congressional staffer, whose mere personal Facebook posts we’ve just learned are worthy of blanket network news coverage. But this is not the story of a rant on social media that offended the Beltway’s sensibilities such that it needed to be covered for three days straight.

No, this is the story of a Congressional staffer pleading guilty to sexual assault after being indicted on 10 charges stemming from at least two attacks on women, one a colleague. Sexual assault is a hot-button issue; add to it that the perpetrator, Donny Ray Williams, seems to have a similar modus operandi to the alleged assaults by Bill Cosby, and boy have we got a recipe for an awareness-raising glut of coverage that might change the dynamic that allowed this man to abuse his colleagues in this way. Prepare for think pieces on the toxic environment that led to this type of behavior. Prepare for many questions of his former bosses about what blinded them to the abuse happening under their noses. Prepare for official inquiries of who knew what when, and whether Williams’ behavior had raised red flags in the past.

Wait, what? His bosses were Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Sen. Herb Kohl, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky? Nevermind.

A former Democratic congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two women in 2010.

Donny Ray Williams Jr., 37, who served as a staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.

Prosecutors say that on July 22, 2010, Williams invited a female congressional colleague to his Capitol Hill apartment and promised to introduce her to Senate employees. At the house, prosecutors said, Williams spiked a drink with Ambien. The woman, according to court documents, fell into a “deep sleep,” at which point Williams raped her.

A month later, prosecutors said, Williams invited another woman to his home and gave her alcoholic beverages. They said he had sexual contact with her when she was too intoxicated to give her consent.

He’s getting five years of probation. I hope someone will cover Williams. His story doesn’t sastisfactorily scratch all the ideological itches of the campus assault activists like the questionably sourced story of gang rape at University of Virginia did. He’s not a Republican staffer engaged in the heinous practice of venting about White House occupants on Facebook. He’s just a Democratic staffer who raped a woman and assaulted another in 2010, and I’m betting he doesn’t make the nightly newscasts.


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For Democrats, that’s called a resume enhancer. And no I’m not joking about a serious subject. That party is morally bankrupt.

rbj on December 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

If it doesn’t involve an R it isn’t news.

RickB on December 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I guess we can be grateful he didn’t leave any of them to drown ?

MistyLane on December 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Maybe MSNBC will offer him a job!

22044 on December 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Mary Katherine, do you have a picture handy of Donny Ray Williams? With or without the height scales on the sides.

Thanks!

Emperor Norton on December 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

It’s the staffer’s own fault. He should have known to blame Daniel Inouye. He’s the go-to lech for when allegations come up. Too dead to complain and no name-sharing relatives in Congress.

Gingotts on December 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I guess we can be grateful he didn’t leave any of them to drown ?

MistyLane on December 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Ding ding!

bernzright777 on December 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

DemoSexcrats!!

canopfor on December 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Not only will this story not be covered much in the media, but you will also continue to hear about the phony War on Women that is allegedly being waged by misogynist Republicans, even though the voters thoroughly rejected that nonsense a few weeks ago.

The reason Democrats get away with favorable press coverage in these circumstances is because they have no moral standards. When a Republican is involved in this type of situation, he is (rightfully) excoriated across the political spectrum. But for the media and for Democrats, it’s not the transgression itself that warrants censure, but the fact that Republicans campaign on ‘family values’ all the while getting caught with their pants down.

As long as you’re ‘honest’ about sexual misconduct, Democrats are OK with it.

Aizen on December 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

According to google there are articles in major outlets coming out just within the last hour on this. HotGas gets results.

pedestrian on December 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Uh… 5 years probation and he pled guilty?

Sackett on December 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Mary Katherine, do you have a picture handy of Donny Ray Williams? With or without the height scales on the sides.

Thanks!

Emperor Norton on December 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=donny+ray+williams+jr+photos&oq=Donny+Ray+Williams&gs_l=hp.1.2.0l2j0i22i30.7985.7985.0.13479.2.2.0.0.0.0.276.467.0j1j1.2.0….0…1c.2.58.hp..1.1.190.0.ykdeX_GI8f8

bernzright777 on December 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I guess we can be grateful he didn’t leave any of them to drown ?

MistyLane on December 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

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Ding ding!

bernzright777 on December 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

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Aw yeah … clear “winner.”

listens2glenn on December 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Uh… 5 years probation and he pled guilty?

Sackett on December 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

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I’m not trying to be critical, but you honestly sound surprised.

listens2glenn on December 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Next think you know, the Democrats will be demanding free date rape drugs to go with their free contraceptives.

MistyLane on December 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Is he a football player?

Walter L. Newton on December 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

@bernz, so it’s slavery reparations.

rbj on December 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

MistyLane on December 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

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That’ll never happen for the general public, Misty’, but I believe it already occurs for Dem politicians and their employees, “inside the belt-way.”

listens2glenn on December 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I’ll breathlessly await Sally Kohn’s take on this.

HumpBot Salvation on December 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Mary Katherine, do you have a picture handy of Donny Ray Williams? With or without the height scales on the sides.

Thanks!

Emperor Norton on December 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Emperor Norton: You Rang:)
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Ex-Democrat staffer who briefly worked for Obama administration ‘drugged, sexually assaulted and threatened women’

Published: 17:11 GMT, 1 September 2012 | Updated: 17:22 GMT, 1 September 2012
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2196833/Donny-Ray-Williams-Jr-Ex-Democrat-staffer-briefly-worked-Obama-administration-drugged-sexually-assaulted-threatened-women.html

donny ray williams jr photos

https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=GGtcUuuYCOrs2QX52IHgDQ#q=donny+ray+williams+jr+photos

canopfor on December 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Next think you know, the Democrats will be demanding free date rape drugs to go with their free contraceptives.

MistyLane on December 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

And, don’t forget, their “free” abortions when the latter doesn’t work.

TXUS on December 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Maybe it wasn’t “rape” rape. They were probably dems, too.

wolly4321 on December 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=donny+ray+williams+jr+photos&oq=Donny+Ray+Williams&gs_l=hp.1.2.0l2j0i22i30.7985.7985.0.13479.2.2.0.0.0.0.276.467.0j1j1.2.0….0…1c.2.58.hp..1.1.190.0.ykdeX_GI8f8

bernzright777 on December 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Oh, Donny Ray’s black? I’m wondering if he had his “hands up” when he raped the girls?

TXUS on December 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Thanks, canopfor and bernzright777. I managed to find a picture of someone identified as Donny Ray Williams, Jr. in the Washington Post. (The Washington Post–that’s keeping it real!)

Williams looks like a nice, oversized guy–sort of a “gentle giant.”

Now do we have to have another National Conversation on Race?

Emperor Norton on December 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Just like no one reported the Queen of the Human Rights Campaign just got busted for raping a 15 year old. But Brendan Eich can lose his job.

Iblis on December 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Oh, Donny Ray’s black? I’m wondering if he had his “hands up” when he raped the girls?

TXUS on December 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Hey TX, “Black Lives Matter”! Havn’t you heard?

bernzright777 on December 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=donny+ray+williams+jr+photos&oq=Donny+Ray+Williams&gs_l=hp.1.2.0l2j0i22i30.7985.7985.0.13479.2.2.0.0.0.0.276.467.0j1j1.2.0….0…1c.2.58.hp..1.1.190.0.ykdeX_GI8f8

bernzright777 on December 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

bernzright777: Images,…. Oops,….you already did:0

canopfor on December 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Donny will get a job with NOW as Marketing Mediator of Special Projects.

Goodie on December 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

All he really needed was sandra flukes phone #.

wolly4321 on December 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Kohn is also available, how about giving her a call.

Goodie on December 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Get it to go viral and then the news will be forced to cover it. Just like Bill Cosby and the crazy Lauten lady.

Politricks on December 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Just like no one reported the Queen of the Human Rights Campaign just got busted for raping a 15 year old. But Brendan Eich can lose his job.

Iblis on December 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

What’s that story?

Stray Cat on December 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Donny Ray is not only a liberal, but he’s also black so there’s no way CNN would cover this. Anything he did was the fault of racist whites and the Tea Party.

bw222 on December 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

While the Left would like to sell “white privilege,” the country actually suffers from “Liberal privilege.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on December 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Next think you know, the Democrats will be demanding free date rape drugs to go with their free contraceptives.

MistyLane on December 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

And force women to buy policies with that coverage, since men have to buy pregnancy insurance.

AesopFan on December 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM

canopfor on December 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I see your google search link also turned up a picture of Kal Penn, he who tweeted a sexist remark against an airline gate checker over the weekend. Birds of a feather.

AH_C on December 3, 2014 at 1:16 AM

War on Women?

talkingpoints on December 3, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Mary Katherine, what about the homosexual-rights crusader who was just busted for raping a boy?

http://no-pasaran.blogspot.com/2014/12/homo-scandals-reporters-are-quick-to.html

Is that too delicate a story for HotAir to cover?

I mean, he founded & presided over the world’s largest homosexual rights organization, he’s a close friend of Obama, & he’s a media darling.
Shouldn’t it get a peep on HA?

itsnotaboutme on December 3, 2014 at 3:22 AM

I’ll breathlessly await Sally Kohn’s take on this.

HumpBot Salvation on December 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Outraged she wasn’t in for the three-way.

Younggod on December 3, 2014 at 3:46 AM

What exactly do people think the attraction of the Hill is for these people? It’s long been about feathering one’s own nest financially, accruing power, playing what amounts to chess with competitors, and having the protection (usually works anyway) to satisfy whatever salacious appetites they may have.

Reminds me of the Joe Pesci character in Casino where he said (paraphrasing), “What the hell do they think we’re doing out here in the middle of a desert?”

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 3, 2014 at 5:11 AM

He’s getting five years of probation.

I wonder how many of us lowly peons in the US would get this type of sweet deal? Not many.

Patriot Vet on December 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Dec 02, 2014 at 10:33 pm Politricks
Get it to go viral and then the news will be forced to cover it. Just like Bill Cosby and the crazy Lauten lady
…Bill Cosbys story only went viral because he dared to wander off the progressive/liberal ideological plantation. Had he not, the allegations of rape would have barely surfaced.
Your free from any scrutiny under the liberal microscope…as long as you don’t raise ANY accountability and behavior questions concerning the negro male!
See “Progressive/Liberal Ideology Handbook”…Chapter 1, verse 2, paragraph A

Robbya on December 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

That’s a resume enhancer in a room full of lonely, middle aged, Democrat women.

MNHawk on December 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM