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‘Waitress sandwich’ off the menu? Biden vouches for fmr senator’s character despite allegations

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President Joe Biden traveled to New England on Friday where he paid tribute to former Senator Chris Dodd, a longtime colleague during his decades spent in U.S. Senate as well as a man with a checkered past.

During a ceremony marking the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, Biden praised Dodd as a man who “fought for human rights and human dignity in the Senate,” where the Democrat served from 1981 to 2011.

Biden attested that the measure that he uses to judge a person’s character is by the way that they treat the wait staff, “People who tell me they care about people and then disrespect the waitress or a waiter,” he said, “people who tell me they care about how, in fact, people are entitled to be treated with dignity and walk by someone at a shoeshine stand and doesn’t say “hello.”

“People who do not do the simply decent things for ordinary people. That’s the real measure.” Biden added, “I’ve never seen Chris, figuratively or speaking, walk by anybody.”

There is one problem with Biden’s choice of words though and that is because Dodd was alleged to have been a participant in the sexual assault of a waitress in 1985.

The alleged incident is detailed as a part of a 1990 profile of liberal lion Sen. Ted Kennedy published by GQ magazine who it describes in unflattering terms as having a face with skin that “has gone from red roses to gin blossoms” and “Chiclet teeth are the color of old piano keys.”

It also portrays Dodd as a drunken cad who was with Kennedy during the alleged sexual assault that took place at a Capitol Hill restaurant during a booze-fueled dinner.

According to GQ, the two Democrats tag-teamed waitress Carla Gaviglio at La Brasserie, an eatery frequented by politicians and other bigshots, after their dates went to the restroom.

The magazine notes that the dates were also hammered, quoting another La Brasserie waitress Betty Loh who said that the senators would “always get their girls very, very drunk,” and that Kennedy had “three or four” cocktails in his first half hour at the restaurant and wine with dinner.”

The magazine wrote, “As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken.”

“Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd’s lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair,” the profile continued, recounting the alleged assault dubbed a “waitress sandwich.”

The story continues, “As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.”

According to GQ, Dodd attempted to make light of the sexual assault, telling Loh, “It’s not my fault” and that Kennedy joked, “Makes you wonder about the leaders of this country.”

Speaking of things that make one wonder about the leaders of the country, Biden briefly let the mask slip during the event, offering a terrifying glimpse of the raw authoritarianism of the man who has the nuclear launch codes.

Whether or not the account of Dodd’s being a part of the disgusting treatment of Gaviglio at the restaurant went down as described, many contend that it is pretty well established that drunkenness and sexual degeneracy have long been tolerated – if not celebrated – in the Democratic Party.

Chris Donaldson

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