To ‘elevate the debate,’ Sen. Gillibrand won’t name congressional harasser

http://twitter.com/#!/GPollowitz/status/511574550606520320

In a new book by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Democrat alleges past instances of sexist remarks from unnamed male congressional colleagues and others. Among them, Sen. Gillibrand wrote that a congressman once referred to her as “porky” when she was eight months pregnant.

Who was that congressman? Gillibrand can’t or won’t say:

Kirsten Gillibrand says she doesn't know the name of the congressman who made the "porky" harassment comments http://t.co/SRKGDeiYZM

— Colin Campbell (@BKcolin) September 15, 2014

Here is a partial transcript from the Gillibrand interview in the video linked above:

Host: Someone in the gym in Congress actually called you…

Gillibrand: He said “good thing you’re working out, you wouldn’t want to get porky” when I’m like eight months pregnant. That’s a terrible thing to say.

Host: So who said it?

Gillibrand: Some very old congressman.

Host: Is he still there?

Gillibrand: I don’t know. I really, I didn’t know him.

Host: You don’t remember?

Gillibrand: I didn’t know him. I had no idea who he was, and he felt it was OK to give unsolicited advice.

Host: So the reason why you didn’t name him is because you don’t know who he is.

Gillibrand: No, I don’t go into those kind of details because it’s not — the focus, and the purpose of including these details is so you can elevate the debate to talk about some of the broader challenges women face in all work places.

It’s for the greater good of women (and will “elevate the debate”) if Gillibrand does not name names?

Other factors are suspected:

So it was a Democrat. RT @BKcolin Kirsten Gillibrand says she doesn't know the name of the congressman who made "porky" harassment comments

— Aaron (@a_ryan88) September 15, 2014

Bull. MT @BKcolin Gillibrand says she doesn't know the name of the congressman who made the "porky" comments http://t.co/fCqczlKoVM

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 15, 2014

It's official. Kirsten Gillibrand was harassed by a Democrat and now she won't name him. https://t.co/d8JhEjnZQm

— RB (@RBPundit) September 15, 2014

Look, I believe Gillibrand was harassed. And now she's exposing other women to harassment by not naming names. #WarOnWomen indeed.

— RB (@RBPundit) September 15, 2014

Is Gillibrand protecting fellow Democrats, or is she making this up to sell books?

— BT (@back_ttys) September 15, 2014

Why does Kirsten Gillibrand protect workplace harassers? Someone ask @AmandaMarcotte if she can explain?

— GOPHarpie (@GOPMommy) September 15, 2014

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Related:

‘#FauxFeminists’: Amanda Marcotte’s feminist cred questioned after harassment advice for Sen. Gillibrand

‘Name sexual predators’: Sen Kirsten Gillibrand urged to set example for co-eds

Joe Scarborough: Don’t voters have a right to know Sen. Gillibrand’s harassers?

‘This is disgusting’! Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says older colleague did what?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/15/bull-sen-gillibrand-wont-name-congressional-harasser-in-order-to-elevate-the-debate/

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