Well actually, it’s not a surprise at all.
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made headlines a couple of weeks ago when she revealed in her book Off the Sidelines, that some of her colleagues had referred to her as ‘porky,’ ‘fat,’ and ‘chubby.’
However, Gillibrand refused to say who the sexist culprits were, because the message was more important than who delivered it.
That’s a thinly veiled excuse. Had it been Republicans who made these statements, Gillibrand would have readily identified them because, War on Women, or something.
In the meantime, the New York Times has found one “weight watcher” as they call it, explaining it was the late Daniel K. Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, who told Gillibrand that “I like my girls chubby.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , Democrat of New York, caused a commotion this month when she revealed in a memoir how her male colleagues felt free to comment rather vividly on her weight. The senator came under pressure to reveal the names of the perpetrators, but declined, setting off a guessing game in Washington.
Probably the most egregious incident was when a senior senator squeezed her waist and told her: “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!”
It turns out the senator was the late Daniel K. Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii, the decorated veteran and civil rights hero, according to people with knowledge of the incident.
With his deep baritone and courtly manner, Mr. Inouye was revered by his colleagues and was a powerhouse in both Hawaii and the Senate, where he was a reliable supporter of women’s rights.
Inouye passed away in 2012.
He had a sex scandal of his own back in 1992, when allegations that he had forced sexual contact with his hairdresser surfaced.
Via the Washington Post:
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
In October 1992, Republican Senate nominee Rick Reed began running a campaign commercial that included a surreptitiously taped interview with Lenore Kwock, Inouye’s hairdresser. Kwock said Inouye had sexually forced himself on her in 1975 and continued a pattern of sexual harassment, even as Kwock continued to cut his hair over the years. Inouye, seeking a sixth term, denied the charges. And Kwock said that by running the commercial, Reed had caused her more pain than Inouye had. Reed was forced to pull the ad, and while many voters took out their anger on the Republican, Inouye was held to 57 percent of the vote – the lowest total of his career. A week later, a female Democratic state legislator announced that she had heard from nine other women who claimed Inouye had sexually harassed them over the past decade. But the women didn’t go public with their claims, the local press didn’t pursue the story, and the Senate Ethics Committee decided to drop the investigation because the accusers wouldn’t participate in an inquiry.
Don’t worry though, it’s those ‘binders full of women’ Republicans that are totally waging a war on women.
With the other claims from her book, Gillibrand has also yet to reveal who called her porky. Another colleague allegedly said Gillibrand is “pretty, even when you’re fat.”
Rest assured those names will never be voluntarily publicized by Gillibrand and her camp … because they’re Democrats.