Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Houston Congressman Drops Lawsuit Against Former Employee

Politics and sexual misadventures have a long, intertwined history. It was a great President named Ronald Reagan who said, "Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to believe it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Governors, senators and even presidents have faced political and personal consequences to their extracurricular behaviors. However, one of the current members of the Texas delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives has avoided the fate met by many of his peers and been released from any penalty for his alleged relationship with an ex-employee.

Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Houston, had a self-described "romantic encounter" with Lucinda Daniels, who was the director of his district office. Nearly a year and a half after the incident, Ms. Daniels decided to file a claim of sexual assault and asserted that the sex was not consensual. Rep. Green took offense to this delayed accusation and filed his own lawsuit with a federal judge. Apparently, Green said that Daniels threatened to charge him with workplace discrimination if he did not pay for her silence. That makes for quite the legal back and forth between these two!

Last week, the entire landscape of the situation changed. Green decided to drop his lawsuit because, "without payment or promise of money," Daniels agreed to dismiss all claims against her former employer. The sudden resolution is certainly suspect to constituents who have followed the story, especially because Daniels has refused to offer further explanation. But, we must assume that both parties have reached an acceptable understanding and that Rep. Green is ready to resume his focus on the people's business.

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