Things got heated after Donald Hitchcock’s failed mediation with the Democratic National Committee.
A former gay outreach officer, Hitchcock’s suing the party organ for discrimination and wrongful termination. He claims Chairman Howard Dean and other leaders sacked him in retaliation for his boyfriend’s public criticism of the party. The DNC denies the allegations and potential settlement talks crumbled last week.
And months of tension exploded soon after…
Hitchcock attorney Tara Jensen sent a letter last week to Joe Young, who represents the DNC, blasting his “unprofessional” conduct, including telling her to “know” her place.
The argument came after Young allegedly “misrepresented” trial date details to the court clerk. According to Jensen, he set a pretrial date later than agreed – sixty days after the second mediation date, September 11, rather than 60 days after the mediation, which went down July 31st. Had Young gotten his way, the pretrial date would have fallen after election day.
Jensen called Young out on his erroneous adjustment and that’s when he got a bit wild:
At that point, you became physically intimidating, and moved quickly toward me, within six inches of my face. In fact, you were so close that you spit on my face. You then proceeded to point your finger at me, and in an angry, raised voice yelled, “Don’t you ever contradict me,” and “Don’t you ever interrupt me.” You also told me to “know my place.”
The tongue-lashing lasted about a minute before Hitchcock stepped between the warring lawyers. The DNC’s lawyers have issued a full apology for Young’s actions.