Rep. Hill de­fends ac­tions

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL / NATION - By Jen­nifer Haberkorn and Sarah D. Wire

WASHINGTON — Em­bat­tled Rep. Katie Hill, DPalm­dale, on Mon­day de­fended her­self against the bar­rage of “re­venge porn” she said was cir­cu­lated by her es­tranged hus­band, and she vowed that her new cause would be pre­vent­ing such at­tacks on other women.

The fresh­man Demo­crat an­nounced Sun­day evening she would re­sign from Congress “with a bro­ken heart” after the re­lease of in­ti­mate pho­tos and al­le­ga­tions she had had af­fairs with both a cam­paign aide and a staffer in her con­gres­sional of­fice.

In a nearly four-minute video posted on her so­cial me­dia ac­counts Mon­day, Hill said she would take up the new cause but did not ad­dress the al­le­ga­tions of af­fairs.

“My fight is not over,” she said. “I will fight to make sure that no one else has to live through what I just ex­pe­ri­enced.”

Hill por­trayed her­self the vic­tim of an “abu­sive hus­band and the bru­tal­ity of hate­ful political op­er­a­tives” and said they would be held re­spon­si­ble.

“I’m hurt, I’m an­gry. The path that I saw so clearly for my­self is no longer there,” she said, ap­pear­ing to grow emo­tional as she apol­o­gized to her con­stituents. “I never thought my im­per­fec­tions would be weaponized and used to try to de­stroy me and the com­mu­nity that I have loved.”

Pre­vi­ously, Hill ac­knowl­edged the re­la­tion­ship with a cam­paign aide as a mis­take but de­nied the al­le­ga­tion in­volv­ing a con­gres­sional staffer, which would have been a vi­o­la­tion of House rules.

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