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Only sunsets Watt sees should be through prison bars

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Have you heard about Mel Watt, the former North Carolina congressman accused of misusing his position as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency? It seems he was run off from his job after years of misuse of power that included his attempt to coerce a female employee into a sexual relationship.

His decision to resign from the federal agency in January led the Winston-Salem Journal to opine: "It marks a disappointing end to what was once an illustrious career." What garbage!

Watt's coercion and predatory behavior went back to 2015. Simone Grimes, a supervisory program management analyst for the FHFA, claimed Watt made dozens of sexual advances toward her and withheld promised pay raises because she refused those advances. And get this: he was protected by senior officials.

Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, Watt incredibly denied Grimes’ accusations. However, an inspector general’s report, obtained by The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request, backed up Grimes’ claims.

Get this: when the evidence was in and Watt knew he had to go he had this to say: "In my view it's time for me to ride off into the sunset because the standards have become so confused that it's difficult to operate in them."

Did you get that? Watt said it's too difficult to operate and harass women employees for sex as usual. It was if he was the victim, not the perpetrator. 

If all of the above isn't the clearest case of Isaiah 5:20 then I don't know what is. But I can tell you this: If I could I'd put Mel Watt in an orange jump suit, I’d belt his hands to his waist and shackle his feet and then duck walk him to a waiting van. I’d then take him over to 1300 Western Boulevard where he could see that sunset he talks about — through prison bars — for a long time!

Calvin Lacy

Hertford

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