Hill’s private relationships shouldn’t be of grave concern to the public — and the media should recognize this. She is a bisexual adult with the right to be polyamorous if she pleases. The House Ethics Committee is investigating the affair claims, and until it’s complete, there is nothing of substance for the media to share.

The most regrettable aspect of the ordeal is that Hill was in a position of power at the time of her relationship with her campaign staffer. According to the New York Times, ‘Some male Democrats said privately on Tuesday that if Ms Hill had been a man, there would have been an immediate uproar that would most likely have ended in a forced resignation.’ Ultimately, though, the relationship was consensual.

Hill is a victim of the media spreading falsehoods and private photos of her — egregious actions that tell us more about the publications partaking than Hill herself. Even though some voter may blush at her private life, unless her actions impact the policy decisions she makes, it’s truly none of their business.