Former Congressman Brad Ashford is speaking out after two women accused Congressman John Conyers of sexual misconduct. One member of Conyers team accused him making sexual advances through comments and by touching. Then a report that Conyers’ office in Michigan paid a female staff member more than $27,000 to settle a complaint.
Ashford says, “What I’ve read about in the last ten days that has been made public is horrendous. Public money should never be used for this purpose. The other concerning part was the use of the management account that every member gets to pay a severance pay to one of the women who left, it just cannot happen. No transparency. No idea what the money was used for. Denominated severance pay, potentially a payoff though, it is very serious abuse of public funds.”
Those management funds are supported by taxpayer dollars. Ashford says using public funds to pay someone off or silence them should be classified as a crime. He says, “If it is not it should be made to be. It is clearly grounds for expulsion. I don’t know what the violations specifically would call for but this is very, very serious.”
Ashford is running for his old seat in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.