After resigning last week over social media posts that disparaged the #MeToo movement and women’s march attendees, a former aide to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has once again been accused of making sexist Facebook posts.
As Austin’s KVUE reports, former associate deputy attorney general Andrew Leonie posted about women who come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against politicians. The post appeared to reference several women who claimed failed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had inappropriate relationships with them when they were teens, all of whom came forward decades later amid the spate of women alleging powerful men abused them.
The post was sent in as a tip to Dallas Morning News‘ Lauren McGaughy, the writer who broke the story on Leonie’s posts.
New info from a source:
— Lauren McGaughy (@lmcgaughy) December 17, 2017
After the Morning News posted their initial report about Leonie’s post, Raw Story uncovered a tweet he posted in January that featured a cartoon calling women who attended the Women’s March “c*nts.” Hours after the posts were revealed, AG Paxton’s office announced that Leonie had resigned from his position as associate deputy attorney general.
Texas Lawyer magazine noted that Leonie is the second Paxton employee to come under fire for controversial opinions. Jeff Mateer, Texas’ first assistant attorney general who was nominated by President Donald Trump for a federal judgeship, came under fire for a comment claiming that transgender children are part of “Satan’s plan.” The day prior to Leonie’s resignation, Mateer’s nomination was struck down by the Senate.