Empower Wisconsin | May 8, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — The #IbelieveJoe crowd is starting to get a little bit itchy.
At a tele-town hall on Wednesday, Joe Biden supporter, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, said it’s time to take a closer look at allegations of sexual misconduct against the former vice president.
“Do you believe Tara Reade?” Jessica, a constituent from Chippewa Falls asked.
Kind seemed to have a hard time placing Reade, a former aide to then-Sen. Biden in the 1990s — the same Tara Reade who has filed a very public complaint against the Democrats’ presumptive presidential candidate.
“I’m sorry, Tara Reade? She’s the one who has the allegations of sexual misconduct by the vice president? Is that right?” Kind asked.
Yes, that one, Ron.
“As a former special prosecutor who handled a lot of sexual assault cases and that, these things do need to be very thoroughly investigated and any information that’s pertinent to allegations at the time should come to light,” the La Crosse Democrat said. “So I’m calling for that full public disclosure of any relevant information that could help clarify this matter.”
Biden, who has vehemently denied allegations that he sexually assaulted Reade while they were alone in an office in 1993, last week asked the secretary of the Senate to release any complaints Reade made against him. The office declined the request, citing confidentiality requirements in the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991.
In short, it’s against the law to disclose such information.
“The process would have subjected (Reade) to a system that did little to protect Capitol Hill staffers from retribution and offered little recourse if they were not satisfied with the outcome,” Roll Call reported Thursday.
“It would take a 1995 overhaul of congressional personnel laws to bring Congress in line with federal labor and anti-discrimination laws. Even almost 30 years later, the alleged complaint — the secretary of the Senate won’t even confirm or deny whether there is one — may never be released because of strict disclosure rules.”
Biden’s liberal backers, the ones who have traded #BelieveWomen for #BelieveBiden, continue to stand by their man.
You’ll recall how Biden’s fellow Democrats rallied around Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, while they sought anything but due process for Kavanaugh during his brutal Senate confirmation hearings.
Wisconsin’s liberal congressional delegation bears the same H (hypocrisy) scarlet letter.
“Today’s vote to confirm Kavanaugh is a vote to silence women across the country who have come forward with their stories of survival,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) at the time. “We will not surrender, and we will not be silenced. We will vote, and we will bring change.”
Today's vote to confirm Kavanaugh is a vote to silence women across the country who have come forward with their stories of survival.
We will not surrender, and we will not be silenced. We will vote, and we will bring change 💪🏾 https://t.co/dkoOMNPTsM
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) October 6, 2018
“I’ll continue to stand with Dr. Ford and all women who have the bravery to speak out and take a stand against sexual assault,” tweeted Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison). Apparently the pile of steaming hypocrisy is willing to stand with “all women — except women who accuse Dem presidential candidates of sexual assault.
Pocan further opined that the Senate GOP, which approved Kavanaugh’s nomination set the “wrong example for the next generation of Americans with this vote and we must do better.”
So, how about this, Mr. Pocan: Even if Tara Reade’s allegations can’t be proved, as was the case in the accusations against Kavanaugh, would you set the “wrong example for the next generation of Americans” should you continue to support and then vote for Joe Biden?
“The testimony from Dr. Ford shows remarkable courage and bravery. I thank her for coming forward and sharing her story,” Tony Evers, then a candidate for Wisconsin governor, tweeted at the time. The Democrat made sure to include #IBelieveSurvivors hashtag.
The testimony from Dr. Ford shows remarkable courage and bravery. I thank her for coming forward and sharing her story. #IBelieveSurvivors
— Tony Evers (@Tony4WI) September 27, 2018
These days, it seems the Wisconsin Dems so eager to believe are incredulous that anyone would even ask a question about sexual misconduct allegations against a handsy old man notorious for creepy behavior.