General Loses Three-Star Promotion for Calling Democratic Congressional Staffer ‘Sweetheart’

Ryan Gonsalves speaks to an audience at Fort Carson, Colo., in August 2012

The U.S. Army yanked Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves‘ nomination to a third star because it determined that he called a female congressional staffer “sweetheart,” according to Stars and Stripes. This violated the Army Command Policy’s rule on “dignity and respect.”

An anonymous complaint was filed to the Army Inspector General on July 20. The exchange reportedly happened at a October 2016 meeting at Fort Carson, Colorado. According to the IG’s findings, Gonsalves picked on the staffer, who worked for Rep. Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island 2nd district). He allegedly asked her about her age, and told her to take notes “since she was a Democrat and did not believe in funding the military,” said the IG report.

Army investigators detailed criticism from other congressional staffers at the meeting: one person reportedly called it  “sarcastic and unprofessional,” while a male staffer said it was  “sexist, inappropriate and unprofessional.” Others present defended Gonsalves, saying he was being professional at the meeting.

Names of the female staffer and about 10 other people at the meeting were redacted.

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SOURCE: Law & Crime, Alberto Luperon