Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) has accused a leftist reporter of sexually harassing her as she left her new office in the U.S. Capitol.
The newly-elected congresswoman says she was “sexually harassed” on Tuesday evening by a reporter for The Daily Beast, Zachary Petrizzo.
Luna is one of the 20 Republicans to vote against electing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as speaker.
She said: “When you’re a woman who stands up to the swamp, you are sexually harassed leaving your office, accused of having sex with members, being a witch, and more lies.”
Luna posted a video that showed Petrizzo peppering her with questions and following her closely.
At one point she asked security to walk her to her car to get away from the reporter but was denied.
“This is why we must drain the swamp,” she added.
“This is not journalism.
“Is this how female reps are treated?”
When you’re a woman who stands up to the swamp, you are sexually harassed leaving your office, accused of having sex with members, being a witch, and more lies. This is why we must drain the swamp. This is not journalism. Is this how female reps are treated? pic.twitter.com/ufbU6c6X0Z
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) January 3, 2023
The congresswoman is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Earlier she denied the allegations Petrizzo hurled her way.
She stayed calm and maintained her composure, showing she will be a force in the new Congress.
According to Fox News:
In the video, Petrizzo, referring to comments made by one of Luna’s would-be rivals in her congressional race, asks Luna if she is “a witch.”
Petrizzo’s questions stemmed from a letter obtained by the outlet that was reportedly sent by the law firm Holland & Knight at the direction of Luna after Matt Tito, who reportedly considered a primary challenge to Luna, made a series of allegations against her during an appearance on a radio show.
The video also showed Petrizzo asking Luna whether she had “some sort of relationship with a representative” and if she would like to offer a comment.