Tuesday, October 24, 2006



Ouachita Citizen
By Sam Hanna Jr.

A former female aid in Congressman Rodney Alexander’s Washington, D.C., office has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, alleging sexual harassment against his chief of staff.

Elizabeth Scott, 26, of Washington, D.C., filed the complaint Sept. 27, alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination and retaliation against her while employed in Alexander’s office on Capital Hill. The lawsuit was filed against Alexander's office.

Roll Call newspaper in Washington first reported the news concerning Scott’s lawsuit Friday.

In her lawsuit, Scott said Royal Alexander, the congressman’s chief of staff who isn’t related to the congressman, “engaged in a course of misconduct…that included, among other things, inappropriate sex-based comments, ogling and touching.”

Revelations of Scott’s lawsuit came on the heels of the ongoing page scandal in Congress.

A page from Monroe sponsored by Congressman Alexander recently disclosed that the page had inappropriate communications through e-mails with Mark Foley, a congressman from Florida who resigned from office three weeks ago amid allegations of misconduct with a number of pages in the House of Representatives.

Scott’s lawsuit also surfaced in the wake of another staff shake-up in Congressman Alexander’s office. Roughly two months ago, Teresa Mares was fired for writing letters to convicted murder Scott Peterson, the California man who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife during the Christmas holiday season in 2002.

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