Sheila Jackson Lee Refuses to Step Down from Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was told by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Board to resign from her position as Chair during a lengthy call on Thursday night. She, however, is refusing to step down. The calls for her resignation stems from a former staffer for Jackson Lee who filed a lawsuit claiming that the Congresswoman fired her in retaliation for legal measures she was getting ready to take against a former employee of the CBCF for an alleged sexual assault. The woman alleges that Damien Jones, a former Intern Coordinator for the CBCF, raped her in October 2015 when she was a 19-year-old intern. She declined to press charges at the time, but years later changed her mind. She says she went to Jackson Lee’s Chief of Staff, Glenn Rushing, in early 2018 of her plans. The unnamed staffer, Jane Doe, asked to speak with Jackson Lee -- whom she was working for when she decided to file suit -- but was not given a meeting and was fired weeks later, allegedly in retaliation. “We had nothing to do with any of the actions that have been cited and the person was not wrongfully terminated,” Rushing told BuzzFeed; Jane Doe was told she was being let go for budget reasons. Politico reports that following Jackson Lee’s refusal to step aside, Cathy Hughes -- a media executive who founded Radio One -- resigned from the board. More here.