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Question and Answer: What you should know about the fall of Democratic rising star Rep. Katie Hill

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The meteoric congress career of Katie Hill is coming to an abrupt end. The first-year democrat from Santa Clarita announced that she would resign amidst the publication of her nude photos & allegations that she had romantic relationships with congress and campaign art members.

She acknowledged having a relationship with a campaign leader, but denies that she had had one with a conference worker. In a video statement Monday, she blamed her estranged husband and a campaign of "the right-wing media and Republican opponents" for the allegations against her.

Her fall comes less than a year after being elected to Congress in a district that was long in the hands of the GOP, and now Republicans see an opportunity to win back the seat.

This is what you need to know:

Who is Katie Hill?

Hill, 32, a rising star in the Democratic Party and a protege from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was one of the most prominent first-year students elected during the mid-term wave of 2018, giving Democrats control over the House of Representatives.

Hill turned a Republican chair on the northern edge of Los Angeles and defeated the two-term incumbent Steve Knight with a lot of help from volunteers who were flooded to support her campaign and from emerging progressive entities including Swing Left and Crooked Media. Her supporters include actress Kristen Bell.

Before he left, Hill was one of the top managers of PATH, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that supports the homeless.

How did the controversy start?

On October 10, the conservative website RedState published a story with comments from Hill & # 39; s husband, Kenneth Heslep, who filed for divorce this year and claimed that his wife had a romantic affair with her congress director, Graham Kelly. Hill has denied that claim.

But the scandal didn't really explode on social media until RedState published a follow-up story on October 18, claiming that Hill, who is bisexual, and her husband had a threefold relationship with a campaign worker who had not been identified. RedState published photos that it had taken from Hill with the female employee and said it had more "intimate photos of the women that we did not publish." RedState claimed that the existence of the photos & # 39; s Hill could pose the risk of blackmail. The British tabloid The Daily Mail also published sensitive photos of Hill.

What are the rules?

New house ethics rules, adopted last year, prohibit members from having sexual relationships with their staff. House researchers also have found earlier that inappropriate sexual advances on campaign workers violate the ethical rules of the house, noting that "service as an elected official involves power inequality that members should be careful not to exploit." The House Ethics Commission said last week that Hill was being investigated.

In the workshop, relationships between managers and subordinates are generally discouraged, often because they raise questions about the ability of the subordinate to give consent and because they may cause actual or apparent conflicts of interest if the employee receives other professional favors or unusual treatment.

Those principles were emphasized in divorce reports reviewed by The Times, in which Heslep said that Hill had used her influence to get him jobs at PATH between 2011 and 2014. At one point, Hill & # 39; s & # 39; employer was worried about nepotism and what it looked like she was my boss, & Heslep said in the file.

Heslep later rose to a regional management position and implied that his position was the result of favoritism by Hill. "I only have a high school diploma, but I was mainly able to get this job because of (Hill & # 39; s) influence," Heslep wrote in his divorce application. "I had no special qualifications for these jobs."

Heather Wilson, a PATH spokeswoman, said in a statement: “We have a conflict of interest policy that covers employees and their family members. Every potential employee is fully screened for compliance in accordance with all our policies before being hired. There was no direct supervisory relationship between Hill and Kenny Heslep during the period they were employed by PATH. & # 39;

Heslep, who said he has been an unemployed living at home since 2014, is looking for partner support from Hill.

How did Hill respond?

Hill acknowledged having had a relationship with the campaign executive, but she denied having a relationship with Kelly and called the allegation "absolutely untrue."

"I am saddened that the deeply personal issue of my divorce has been made public and the revengeful claims of my ex have now brought with it the life and reputation of unrelated parties," Hill said in a statement last week.

Hill also said that the explicit photos of her with the campaign official "had been published on the Internet by Republican agents without my permission," and she contacted the US Capitol Police.

On Sunday, Hill resigned and said in a statement: "This is what needs to be done so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain my abused husband has inflicted." and the brutality of hateful political agents who are eager to offer a platform to a monster that defraud cyber exploitation. "

Hill added: “Having private photos & # 39; s of personal moments armed against me has been a shameful violation of my privacy. It is also illegal and we are currently striving for all of our available legal options. "

Are the leaked photos & # 39; s illegal?

That is up to the prosecutors and the courts, if they get involved. Both California and Washington, D.C., have laws that prohibit malicious sharing of someone's explicit images without the person's consent.

Washington & # 39; s status prohibits both sharing and publishing explicit private images when the disclosure is non-voluntary and is intended to cause harm, but it includes an exclusion for when “the disclosure or publication of a sexual image is done in the public interest, including the Reporting Unlawful Conduct, & # 39; What would be a likely defense of the 1st Amendment for RedState.

California status prohibits sharing such images when "the person distributing the image knows or should know that the distribution of the image will cause serious emotional distress, and the depicted person suffers from that distress." The state exempts distribution "in the course of reporting an unlawful activity."

What about Hill's chair?

A Democratic California assembly company, Christy Smith, has already announced plans to replace Hill in the 25th Congress District of California.

Latino Victory, an interest group, said in a tweet that "we look forward to recruiting and supporting a strong Latino democrat to walk and win this seat again in 2020."

Several Republicans had already submitted a challenge to Hill. Knight, who beat Hill by 9 percentage points in 2018, is considering a run and is expected to make an announcement soon.

Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos hinted on Twitter that he was interested in running, and wrote: “Someone has to step up. I love my state too much to see it diminish by candidates such as Hill. All talk, no action and a lot of sales. & # 39;

Papadopoulos was sentenced to prison last year for lying to federal agents about his interactions with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Times staff writer Seema Mehta contributed to this report.

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