Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

March 31, 2018

Statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney Regarding Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) today released the following statement regarding Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty:

“Congresswoman Esty has long been a conscientious leader in the fight against harassment and abuse in the workplace. However, I agree with Senator Flexer that if the facts of this matter involving former staff of the congresswoman’s office are as they are alleged to be in recent news articles then Congresswoman Esty should do the right thing and resign.

“As I have said recently in public hearing testimony, we are in the midst of a national reckoning concerning sexual harassment and sexual assault. Sexual harassment is continuing to be exposed across all types of industries and all levels of government—regardless of party.

“The heartbreaking stories of so many victims only reinforce the need to ensure that we must do all within our power to protect those who depend on us and ensure safe work environments so that no one at her or his place of employment ever feels exposed to discrimination, harassment or retaliation of any kind.”