Rep. Katie Hill forced to announce her resignation after a scandal she is facing met a boiling point.
The announcement came Sunday evening following a steady flow of reports shedding light on Hill’s less than ethical personal life, including an affair with her legislative director that led to a House Ethics Committee investigation.
Hill tweeted to announce the end of her career in politics, “It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country.” She is expected to step down by the end of this week.
Hill, in the letter announcing her resignation, wrote: “This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation.”
Hill was referring to the fact that she believes her husband, who filed for divorce after learning of another affair, is seeking vengeance against her.
She continued, “Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy. It’s also illegal, and we are currently pursuing all of our available legal options.”
News flash Katie, when you’re in public office – not much is private.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, issued a statement saying, “Congresswoman Katie Hill came to Congress with a powerful commitment to her community and a bright vision for the future, and has made a great contribution as a leader of the Freshman class.”
“She has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a member untenable,” Pelosi wrote. “We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in Congress, and in all workplaces.”
Recently, the political fallout for Hill escalated as more compromising photos of the freshman lawmaker surfaced.
The Daily Mail published one photo of what appeared to be Hill undressed and holding a bong, and another of her kissing the campaign staffer.
Just before the photos emerged, the conservative website RedState.org released several screenshots of text messages between Hill and the staffer detailing the reported end of their three-person relationship earlier this year and reported on intimate pictures including a nude photo of Hill brushing the staffer’s hair.
According to the texts that were shown, Hill wanted to focus on her work and suggested that “political risk” was a factor.
Hill, an openly bisexual congresswoman and the vice chairwoman of the notably deranged House Oversight Committee, admitted Wednesday she had an “inappropriate” relationship with the female campaign staffer.
In a letter sent to constituents on Wednesday and obtained by Fox News, Hill acknowledged that in the final years of what she called an “abusive marriage,” she began a relationship with the unnamed campaign staffer.
RedState also published a series of purported late-night texts in which Heslep called into question Hill’s drinking. Other texts showed the female staffer involved in the “throuple” expressing concerns about Hill’s drinking.
The controversy bodes well for Republican challengers for Hill’s congressional seat, who have already pounced on the opportunity, looking to win back one of the many districts the Democrats took in the 2018 midterm elections.
“Katie Hill did the right thing by resigning from Congress,” challenger Mike Garcia said in a statement Sunday. “The past week has been a complete distraction from the important work that needs to be done, and it’s time for our district to move forward and unite around a leader.”
In a statement reacting to Hill’s resignation, Angela Underwood-Jacobs, a Republican council member in Lancaster, said Hill “blatantly violated the trust of voters of the 25th District which is why I was the first of her opponents to call on her to resign.”
Another GOP candidate, Mark Cripe, said in a statement that the news of Hill’s resignation “affords California’s 25th district an opportunity to move forward in a positive direction, with new representation that better hears and supports all the families of Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Simi valleys.”