Biden Cabinet nominee hired convicted domestic abuser who punched woman for refusing sex

Biden Cabinet nominee hired convicted domestic abuser who punched woman for refusing sex

Boston
Mayor
Martin
Walsh,
the
nominee
to
be

President
Joe
Biden’s
Labor
Secretary,
briefly
hired
former
Massachusetts
state
representative
Carlos
Henriquez
to
be
a special
assistant
in
2018,
despite
Henriquez’s
conviction
years
earlier
for
assaulting
a
woman
who
refused
to
have
sex
with
him. 

Henriquez
was
expelled
from
the

Massachusetts state
House
of
Representatives
in
2014
after
he
was
convicted
of
two
assault
charges
stemming
from
a
2012
incident
and
sentenced
to
six
months
in
jail. 

His
former
girlfriend
said
in
2012
that
Henriquez
backhanded
her
across
her
face
and
punched
her
in
the
chest
multiple
times. 

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Henriquez
maintained
his
innocence
throughout
the
trial
and
after
the
sentence,
saying
in
a
public
statement
after
he
was
convicted
that
“any
and
all
contact
was
always
consensual”
and
that
he
“never
touched
my
accuser
in
any
way
that
would
cause
harm
or
injury.”

Despite
that,
Mayor
Walsh
hired
Henriquez
to
an
$89,000-a-year
special
assistant
job
that
involved
antiviolence
work
in
October
2018,
with
his
office

telling
the
Boston
Globe
at
the
time
that
the
Mayor
“firmly
believes
in
second
chances.”

“Carlos
Henriquez
served
his
time
and,
after
spending
his
career
supporting
youth,
helping
reduce
violence,
assisting
those
in
recovery,
and
providing
trauma
supports
for
families
in
need,
he
is
eager
to
continue
this
work,”
a
spokesperson
for
Walsh
told
the
newspaper. 

But
two
weeks
later
on
Nov.
9
of
2018,
Henriquez
stepped
down
from
his
role
with
the
Mayor.
Walsh
then

told
the
Boston
Globe
that
he
criticized
Henriquez
when
he
was
convicted
in
2014
and
had
asked
him
to
resign
from
the
state
legislature
at
the
time. 

“I
also
made
clear
at
that
time,
and
continue
to
believe
today,
that
any
violence
against
any
woman
at
any
time
is
totally
unacceptable,”
the
Boston
Mayor
told
the
Boston
Globe
on
Nov.
9
after
Henriquez
stepped
down. 

Walsh’s
office
did
not
respond
to
a
request
for
comment
Saturday. 

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President
Biden
nominated
Walsh,
who
has
a
long
history
with

organized
labor, to
be
his
Labor
Secretary earlier
this
month. 

“I
look
forward
to
working
with
you
to
deliver
good
jobs

jobs
with
dignity,
security,
prosperity,
and
purpose

to
all
American
families,”
Walsh
said
in
accepting
the
nomination
Jan.
8. 


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report. 

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