With the 2018 midterm elections coming up, the Republican party has scrambled in the last few months to retain any shred of credibility possible. The GOP has seen their supporter base dwindle significantly at the insensitivity and extremism of the current administration, and has been wrought with policy-related challenges such as the repealing of Obamacare. The news surrounding the Republicans continues to snowball, especially when looking at the actions of a GOP lawmaker late last year.
In revelations that arose in September 2017, Republican Senator Bryce Marlatt (R-OK) was accused of sexually assaulting a female Uber driver, leading to an immediate resignation of the official as a result of his horrific actions. According to a local news outlet, KWCH,
‘In court documents filed in the case, an Oklahoma City police detective says the driver told investigators Marlatt stumbled into her car and commented on her appearance when she picked him up from a restaurant June 26. She said during the ride, he grabbed her and kissed her neck and shoulder.
“He made a comment that if she worked for him then he would ‘feel’ her up,” Detective Natalie Cannon wrote in an affidavit accompanying the charge.” (Marlatt) made comments to the victim asking her to go back to his hotel with him and to have a drink with him, which she declined.’
The affidavit filed by those representing the Uber driver further claimed that Marlatt made unwanted advances and sexual comments towards the female, commenting on her breasts and making physical contact with the victim multiple times.
The winner of that will replace Bryce Marlatt (R-Woodward), who resigned in September after being charged with sexual battery. https://t.co/DGNWEsKlkK
— KOSU (@KOSURadio) December 13, 2017
Marlatt, who was the former chairman on the Senate Energy Committee, initially attempted to deny the allegations that had arisen, but when confronted by reporters on the accuracy of the charges, the former senator simply walked out of the courtroom without making a comment.
This is not Marlatt’s first run-in with legal issues in his tenure in public office, however. In 2014, the former senator was also charged with a misdemeanor for driving his vehicle while intoxicated, as Woodward County sheriff’s reported that he was found sleeping with his car running. After pleading no contest to the charges, the case was later dismissed by the courts.
The actions conducted by this Republican lawmaker, unfortunately, have become a pattern among the right-wing party, as Marlatt is the third Republican state senator from Oklahoma to face criminal charges within the last year. Oklahoma City state senator, Ralph Shortey, stepped down in March of 2017 after charges arose against him, alleging child prostitution when he solicited sex with a 17-year-old boy.
Sexual predators and child predators do not belong in the US Senate, the Oklahoam House, or the Oklahoma Senate they belong behind bars. @MooreSenate @alfranken @RalphShortey @brycemarlatt @DanKirbyOK
— Capitol Friend (@OKCapitolFriend) December 6, 2017
Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan, who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands in taxpayer $$ to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him of making unwanted romantic overtures, NYT reports. https://t.co/0snfUTPWgO
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 20, 2018
Perhaps it is the extremism and arrogance of the Trump administration that is causing GOP lawmakers to feel as if they are above the law, or maybe it is simply a matter of coincidence. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that these public officials are shedding light on the corrupted and inhumane actions that have plagued the Republican party, and indicating the apparent need to keep these patterns from continuing.
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