Democrat faced pressure to resign following revelations she had kept an aide on staff after he made death threats to a former co-worker

The Connecticut Democrat Elizabeth Esty announced on Monday that she would not seek re-election to Congress, becoming the first national female politician forced out of office because of the #MeToo movement.

Esty, a three-term Democrat from a prosperous district in north-west Connecticut, had faced increasing pressure to step down after it was revealed by the Washington Post that she had kept a former top aide, John Baker, on staff after he made death threats to a former co-worker.

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