Editor’s note: Kathleen Willey came to prominence in 1997 as part of the Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton after being subpoenaed to testify in the case. Courted by the White House to remain silent, Willey reluctantly testified about the sexual assault she suffered at the hands of the president – unleashing the brutal and unrelenting Clinton spin machine, determined to ruin her at any and all costs.
It’s time for you to go, Mr. Condit. You have worn out your welcome. For the last two weeks our only view of you has been from behind as you have been running away from us and the cameras. It’s time to see the whites of your eyes.
Chandra Levy went to Washington last October with stars in her eyes, with high ideals and an eagerness to serve. She wanted to pursue a career there. She wanted to make a difference. Then she had the extremely unfortunate luck of meeting you, and now she is gone. Vanished into thin air.
Where is she, Mr. Condit? There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that you have some knowledge of what happened to her. Why are you hiding?
For once, stop thinking about yourself. If your relationship with her meant anything to you, anything at all, please honor her feelings for you, misguided as they were. As a parent of two children, show the Levys that you cared about her, that she meant something to you. Can you please try to understand what Chandra’s family is enduring? Can you just try to imagine this horror that has befallen them?
This is no longer about you. This is about a young woman – one of many, as we are now beginning to discover. You lured her into your lair and abused her in one of the worst ways possible. You lead her to believe that she was the only woman in your life, and you coldly allowed her to fall in love with you. You used her for your own purposes and told her what she wanted to hear. You betrayed her.
Get rid of your entourage. Stop hiding behind your staff and your lawyer. Get rid of Marina Ein, who is a poor excuse for a mother and professional. Step up to the plate and face the music. Face the cameras. Face your fellow congressmen and women. Face the leaders of your party. Face yourself. Do the right thing for once in your life. Tell the truth.
Resign, Mr. Condit. Show us that you have some honor left in you. Whatever plans you have for this day, change them. Get on the next plane out of Washington and go home to California. Go to the Levy’s and beg their forgiveness; admit your mistake and help them find their daughter. And then go home to your wife and children, get down on your knees, and apologize for lying to them. Start mending fences. Beg their forgiveness. Begin to put your family back together. You owe them at least that much.
Resign now, Mr. Condit. Today. Forget about the possibility that your fellow Democrats will lose a congressional seat. This is no longer about political posturing. This is about a missing young woman and her distraught family.
You have brought shame to your high office. You have disgraced your constituents, all of the men and women in your district who voted for you, who believed in you. They deserve much better. Get out of our lives.
Finally, to those other women out there who have had the misfortune of having been involved with this man, please come forward. Tell us what you know. Don’t be afraid. He can’t hurt you. There really is safety in numbers. Get in touch with me through this website or any of the cable news networks. Find me and we’ll find you. I and other women who have been through this will hold your hand and help you do this. You will have our unequivocal support. It’s the right thing to do for Chandra and her family. You can help them find out what has happened to her, and then, and only then, can we be rid of Gary Condit and the others like him.
Resign, Mr. Condit. Go away.