Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Clinton campaign chief advised firing of aid accused of harassment

Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the GirlsBuildLA Leadership Summit in Los Angeles Friday Dec. 15 2017. Thousands of girls gathered for a leadership conference featuring Clinton California Sen. Kamala Harri Clinton campaign chief advised firing of aid accused of harassment
Melissa Porter | 30 January, 2018, 20:03

Hillary Clinton decided not to fire a senior adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign who had been accused of sexual harassment, against the recommendation of her campaign manager, two sources who worked on the 2008 campaign tell CNN.

Clinton is also not responsible for the subsequent alleged sexual misconduct that got Strider fired from an outside group supporting Clinton's 2016 campaign.

"I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein", said Clinton last October. "Firing a high-profile person on the campaign would have certainly made news and caused a distraction".

The Washington Post's Marcus suggested Saturday an expression of shame would have been an appropriate response by Clinton to the disclosure that she downplayed accusations of sexual harassment by a close adviser.

According to the CNN, the staffer accused Strider of touching her shoulders, kissing her forehead, and sending her suggestive emails.

Strider was selected to lead Correct the Record, an independent pro-Clinton super PAC, in 2013 and was sacked several months later for workplace misconduct, including sexually harassing multiple female subordinates, The Times and Buzzfeed reported.

Regarding the Strider matter in 2007, during Clinton's first run for the White House, Clinton said she was "dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed".

"I called her today to tell her how proud I am of her and to make sure she knows what all women should: we deserve to be heard".

Former campaign manager Doyle isn't happy with that response. The woman shared an office with Strider.

The New York Times published a story on Friday exposing Hillary Clinton for keeping one of her top advisers on staff after he sexually harassed a female staffer. I wanted to protect this young woman.

"To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment", the statement said. But of course, the #MeToo movement cares so little about this that Hillary was invited to appear on Sunday night's Grammys, where #MeToo was an issue and many dressed in black. And when I defended Clinton from the charges that she should have done something more to prevent her husband's transgressions, I did so out of a belief that women have the right to complicated reactions in private as long as they behave with integrity in public.