Another Sandra Fluke.
Judge Neil Gorsuch’s former law student who is accusing the Supreme Court nominee of encouraging firms to engage in sexist and possibly illegal hiring practices has close ties to the Democratic Party, The Daily Signal has learned.
Jennifer Sisk, a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, wrote a scathing letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sunday. In the letter, Sisk detailed her account of Gorsuch’s telling his law students that “many” women manipulate their employer’s maternity benefits after giving birth.
Multiple media outlets including NBC News, NPR, and Think Progress first reported on this allegation without any mention of Sisk’s ties to Democrats. (Some news outlets, including NPR, updated their stories hours after publication.)
Sisk is a former political appointee in the Obama administration and also worked as an aide to former Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat from Colorado.
Her work in Udall’s office is documented in the University of Colorado’s Alumni Association Magazine. Her time in the Interior Department during the Obama administration is confirmed on page 83 of the government’s 2012 “Plum Book,” a publication containing data on “over 8,000 federal civil service leadership and support positions.” The book lists Sisk as a “SC appointment,” which stands for “Schedule C Excepted Appointment.”
According to the “Plum Book,” “Because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of Schedule C positions, the incumbents serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority (usually the agency head) and may be removed at any time.”
In her letter to the Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing Gorsuch’s nomination process, Sisk details a back-and-forth conversation between Gorsuch and his students. His comments, she said, “implied that women intentionally manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage their companies starting from the first interview.”
Sisk said in her letter that she shared her experience with the committee because Gorsuch’s “values shared during that class were concerning and should be explored further during his confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court.”
In the letter, she did not disclose her work with the Obama administration or Udall.
On Monday, a group of 11 female former law clerks for Gorsuch stepped forward to defend him from Sisk’s allegation.
“We feel compelled … to convey our unanimous experience that Judge Gorsuch has treated us—as he has all his law clerks—with abiding respect during our clerkship years and beyond,” they wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat.