A top aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has resigned amid serious allegations of misconduct that appear to be sexual in nature.
According to an explosive piece by HuffPo, Matt House, the longtime communications director for Schumer, was forced out last November following allegations that he had “inappropriate sexual encounters” with lower-level staffers that led to some feeling “uncomfortable.”
While speaking with HuffPo on the allegations and his resignation, House didn’t have much to say.
“I absolutely loved my time working in the Senate and it was the honor of my life. I deeply regret the mistakes I made on the number of occasions when I had too much to drink, and I apologize to anyone who was affected by my behavior,” House said.
“I have always respected all of my colleagues and I was horrified to learn that I made anyone feel uncomfortable. In the past three months, I’ve stopped drinking and I’ve committed to making myself a better colleague and person,” he added.
Schumer himself has not addressed the explosive scandal publicly, but his spokesperson did release a vague statement.
“Upon learning that he had inappropriate encounters within the office and that it was making some staff uncomfortable, he was asked to leave,” the statement read.
Here’s more from Ali’s report:
When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s longtime communications director Matt House announced he was leaving just after November’s midterm elections, the news was met with widespread bipartisan praise for House and his reputation for fairness. But some of House’s Senate colleagues were surprised to learn of his departure, given that he did not have a high-profile job lined up and that Democrats could regain control of the Senate in 2020.
House’s departure, however, was not voluntary. HuffPost has learned, through two sources with knowledge of the situation, that House was pushed out for allegedly having inappropriate sexual encounters with junior staffers, ending what was a nearly six-year tenure as communications director for the New York Democrat. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to a reporter about the allegations.
A source familiar with the matter, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said that no formal legal complaints were filed against House through Schumer’s Senate office.
According to his LinkedIn page, House served as Schumer’s communications director from June 2013 through November 2018. Prior to that, he served in a series of communications-related roles, including in Sen. Joe Biden’s Democratic 2008 presidential campaign and in former New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes’ congressional office and as part of his failed campaign for U.S. Senate.
Twitter users sounded the alarm on Schumer and mocked the media for hardly covering the explosive story:
— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) February 2, 2019
How much more of our tax $ went for payments ? https://t.co/lOLhPUvjdJ
— Ray Jackson (@ZiloElGrande) February 2, 2019
Imagine the liberal outrage if these allegations were made against a top aide to a prominent Republican lawmaker.
The mainstream media would be giving this story wall-to-wall coverage and demanding answers.