Biden Makes Stunningly Tone-Deaf Decision

Former Vice President Joe Biden included former Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd in his vice presidential selection committee Thursday.

Dodd allegedly participated in what has since been dubbed the “waitress sandwich” with former Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Biden’s pick comes as pressure is mounting for him to address the allegation of sexual assault that former Senate staffer Tara Reade made publicly last month.

Biden promised on March 15 to choose a female running mate. Dodd’s own allegation of sexual assault involves a waitress and a drunken evening with Kennedy. Below is an excerpt from a 1985 GQ Magazine article on the alleged incident:

“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. 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.”

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