Update: On Thursday, Rep. Katie Hill addressed Congress in a powerful speech explaining that her decision to step down is a direct result of a double standard. “I’m leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality, and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse, this time with the entire country watching,” Hill said in her speech. “Yes, I’m stepping down, but I refuse to let this experience scare off other women who dare to take risks, who dare to step into this light.”
Another key difference: Hunter went relatively unscathed as news of his affairs were released, even vowing that a scandal like this won’t get him unseated. He didn’t apologize after his wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse campaign funds, either. Hill, on the other hand, was the subject of a media onslaught after RedState and The Daily Mail released nude photos of her. She apologized for the relationship with the campaign staffer, which she said was consensual and occurred before she took office. But, amid an ethics probe against her, which began almost immediately and has yet to yield any results, there has been a right-wing outcry for her resignation.
“My fight is going to be to defeat this type of exploitation that so many women are victims to and which will keep countless women and girls from running for office,” she said in her resignation statement on Sunday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, said she believes Hill did the right thing by resigning. “She has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a Member untenable,” she said. “We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in the Congress, and in all workplaces.”