“I Like My Girls Chubby,” Man Who Sexually Harassed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) Revealed

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He was courtly, his voice a deep baritone and he was a strong supporter of women’s rights. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) was “one of her favorites.” But that statement says more about her character than his.

The New York Times launched a morning email newsletter called the “First Draft” today. And it had a scoop:

Gillibrand described the senator only as “one of my favorite older members of the Senate.” First Draft identified him as the “late Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye, citing anonymous sources.”’

In an interview with HuffingtonPost.com, Gillibrand said,

I’ve just had a baby, I’ve just been appointed [to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate], I have a lot to learn, so much on my plate, and this man basically says to me, ‘You’re too fat to be elected statewide.’ At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him. … I didn’t hear a word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go f*ck himself.

Gillibrand refuses to name the senators who “sexually harassed her,” saying,

It would detract from the larger point about the ongoing challenges women face in the U.S. The senator has made legislative efforts to combat sexual assault in the military and on college campuses.

Inouye, a senior senator, squeezed Gillibrand’s waist and commented on her body, the New York Times reports,

“Don’t lose too much weight now,” one “of my favorite older members of the Senate” told her, squeezing her waist. “I like my girls chubby!”

In her book “Off The Sidelines” (just released), Gillibrand said that male members of the Congress felt free to comment on her body. She kept the names of her abusers quiet, but the New York Times identified Inouye and what he said.

Gillibrand told People that the comments did not offend her.

It was all statements that were being made by men who were well into their 60s, 70s or 80s. They had no clue that those are inappropriate things to say to a pregnant woman or a woman who just had a baby or to women in general.

Inouye was the “first Japanese-American” in Congress, serving 48 years as a senator. His interaction with Gillibrand was only the latest in a string of sexual harassments.

There were other allegations,

In 1992, Inouye faced allegations from his hairdresser — who worked for him for several years — that he forced her to have nonconsensual sex with him. The Senate Ethics Committee eventually dropped the investigation into the incident.

The hairdresser’s accusations exploded into a campaign issue that year, and one Hawaii state senator announced that she had heard from nine other women who said they had been sexually harassed by Mr. Inouye. But the women did not want to go forward with their claims.

Inouye is a WWII hero. He served in one of two all-Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Teams (RCT). In battle he stepped on a tripwire setting off a”shotgun-blast of grenade shrapnel in his leg.” He just “walked it off.”

The enemy shot Inouye through the abdomen, nearly severing his spine. The blast covered him “with shapnel and shredded his right arm to the point where it was barely still attached.” He pried the grenade out of his useless hand with his good hand and “lobbed it underhand right into the dumbfounded German’s face from about 15 feet away.”

He ran toward the enemy bleeding copiously. Inouye killed Nazis right and left. They shot him in the leg, and he rolled down a hill where he could not move. So he propped himself “against the nearest tree, kept firing.”

Gillibrand (47) has faced some tough battles of her own. She has two young sons and was a New York City attorney for ten+ years. Gillibrand served as:

Special Counsel to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration. She then worked as an attorney in Upstate New York before becoming a member of Congress.

Yet now she faces a battle familiar to many of us. She battles sexual harassment. Only her battles are in the halls of Congress, where a majority of men raises, discusses and passes sexual harassment laws. Or not.

Sounds as if Gillibrand has an uphill battle.