I’ll confess to assuming that by this point we’d probably have heard the last of former California Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill, at least in terms of her political career. The now-famous “throuple” participant voluntarily left her seat in Congress amid investigations into allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with both campaign and Congressional staffers of both genders serving under her. (Stop that. I know what you’re thinking.) But like a bad penny, she seems to keep showing up in my news feed. As it turns out, she’s written a book that was recently published by Hachette Book Group. Titled She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, the tome is described as a memoir, so she’s clearly dealing with her own life story.
But so what, right? Lots of people who leave politics go on to write books, particularly if they’ve been involved in any sort of scandal that the media finds juicy enough to drive a lot of clicks. But is this more than that? In a review of the book published at the Free Beacon, satirist Andrew Stiles suggests (in perhaps a tongue in cheek fashion) that this could signal a new chapter in Hill’s life where the former rising Democratic star might see her star rising for a second time. But could it be true?
Hill, 33, may have been snubbed out of a speaking slot at last week’s Democratic convention, but that doesn’t mean she’s no longer considered a “rising star” within the party. On the contrary, her new memoir, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, suggests a political comeback is imminent.
As she makes clear in the book, Hill remains conflicted about her decision to resign, which came after nude photos of her were published in RedState and the Daily Mail, along with revelations that she had been part of a romantic “throuple” involving her now ex-husband and a female member of her campaign staff. She seems unsure as to whether resigning—even though many of her Democratic colleagues urged her not to—was the right thing to do, or whether she was forced to resign because of misogyny. “I, like so many other women, was used to show what happens when we scorn men,” she writes.
Hill is also apparently conflicted about whether the #MeToo movement’s “zero-tolerance policy” is a good thing (when applied to men), or whether it’s really fair to punish women like her for “any transgression whatsoever.”