Disgraced former Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), who was the first woman in U.S. history to resign from Congress over a sex scandal, told ABC News on Thursday that she had to resign because of “biphobia.”
Hill made the remarks during an interview with “Good Morning America” that featured softball questions from host George Stephanopoulos, who used to work in the Clinton administration.
“Your story exploded,” Stephanopoulos said. “How much of it is tied to the fact that, in your mind, that you’re bisexual?”
“I think a lot of it is, and it’s also partly because I’m a woman, we haven’t seen as many of the sex scandals with women, but the bisexuality is a huge part of it, right?” Hill responded. “There is a fantasy element of it, there’s biphobia that is rampant still, and certainly misunderstanding of what bisexuality is, and it’s sensationalizing, right?”
Hill resigned after the House Ethics Committee announced that it was opening a formal investigation into the allegations that Hill had a prohibited sexual relationship with a congressional staffer. Hill’s decision to resign shielded her from being investigated over the allegation.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Was the biggest mistake having a relationship with a campaign staffer?
HILL: Absolutely. When I started to run for Congress, I was a nobody. I was a non-profit director that was 29-years-old when I jumped in. I did not have any political experience and so I was a complete long shot, but my team, which built over time, was, especially the people who were there in the beginning, it never felt like an employer-employee relationship in the way that I’d been an executive at a large organization before. The boundaries were completely different because you are truly in the trenches with this very small team, where I think I made the biggest mistake was not setting those boundaries from the very beginning.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The photos were released. You’re also accused, not only of having a relationship with a campaign staffer, but having a relationship with someone on your congressional staff, which obviously would cross all kinds of ethical lines.
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