REPORT: Former NC Congressman, Obama Apoointee Mel Watt Abused Position to Coerce Female Subordinate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – File this under, “If a Republican did this…” A new report released by the Office of Inspector General concluded that former congressman and Obama appointee Democrat Mel Watt abused his position as head of the Federal Housing Authority to coerce a female subordinate. The report was released several days ago, but has not made waves because, well, because it’s not a Republican.

He attempted to coerce or induce the PMO Manager to engage in a personal relationship with him by suggesting or implying he would use his official authority to assist her in attaining an executive position with FHFA,” the report states.

Watt has denied the allegations while Simone Grimes, the former employee named in the watchdog investigation, praised the results of the investigation in a statement to the Post.

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The report described how Watt had Grimes meet him alone in his apartment, and proceeded to dangle two opportunities for her to receive a promotion. Watt can be heard on tape discussing his attraction to Grimes while talking to her about ways she can move up in the administration.

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We find that there are no circumstances under which it would be appropriate for the head of FHFA to induce a subordinate employee to meet with him alone, in his apartment, for a conversation in which he professes his attraction for that employee and holds out opportunities for the employee to serve in specific executive positions over which he exercises total control,” the report stated.

Watt says he strongly disagrees with the report’s findings. Something tells us this would be getting an altogether different reception by the media lords if this were a Republican found to be doing the same thing.

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