Hillary Clinton has answered critics who questioned why she didn’t fire a former campaign advisor after he was accused of sexually harassing another member of her 2008 campaign staff. Burns Strider, who served as the Clinton campaign’s faith and values adviser, had been accused of being overly “touchy” and of stalking a Clinton campaign staffer in 2007, according to documents from the 2008 campaign that were obtained by BuzzFeed. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Clinton expressed regret over the decision to allow Strider to keep his job.
“The short answer is this: If I had it to do again, I wouldn’t … I wish I’d done it differently,” Clinton wrote.
The former Democratic presidential nominee acknowledged that her then-campaign manager had recommended firing Strider, but that she had chosen to “demote him, [dock] his pay; separate him from the woman; assign her to work directly for my then-deputy-campaign manager; put in place technical barriers to his emailing her; and require that he seek counseling.”
In general, Clinton added, she preferred imposing what she considered a severe punishment on Strider, while also giving him a second chance to reform his behavior. But six years later, Strider was working at a pro-Clinton super PAC when he allegedly harassed two women who worked with him there. Speaking to BuzzFeed on Saturday, Strider acknowledged many of the incidents described as the women as being true, and apologized for his behavior.
“We can’t go back, but we can certainly look back, informed by the present,” Clinton wrote. “We can acknowledge that even those of us who have spent much of our life thinking about gender issues and who have firsthand experiences of navigating a male-dominated industry or career may not always get it right.”
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