I would imagine that the GOP “closet” is starting to get a little cramped these days. It appears that another GOP lawmaker has been caught with his hand it the proverbial rainbow cookie jar. This time it’s Illinois GOP state, Rep. Nick Sauer.
Sauer’s ex-girlfriend, Kate Kelly has accused the freshman lawmaker of using nude photos of her to create a fake Instagram account to “catfish” other guys into having graphic conversations of a sexual nature.
According to the complaint filed by ex-girlfriend Kate Kelly with the Office of the Legislative Inspector General and obtained by POLITICO, Sauer used the Instagram account “to catfish other men using my privately shared naked photos. Nick would use this account to direct message men with my photos to engage in graphic conversations of a sexual nature. The men believed they were communicating with me and Nick shared private details of my life.”’
Sauer is currently running for re-election met Kelly on Tinder a few years ago, and the two had a two-year relationship that ended with Kelly found out he was hooking up with other women. “The man that I loved and honored for over two years, unfortunately, did not exist,” she tells Politico. “I quickly realized things wouldn’t change and we stopped talking.”
Kelly said she had no idea he was using her photo on the fake Instagram account until a guy she was communicating with reach out to her.
The complaint says Kelly’s employer helped her determine how long the fake Instagram account had been in use based on when messages were sent, which was close to the time they had started dating. In her complaint, Kelly writes that Sauer admitted as much. “He came to my house & confessed to catfishing men with my photos for 2 years to at least 8 men. He was unable to provide the names and begged that I let it go,” she wrote.
Sauer just happens to be a member of the state House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force.
As of today, no charges have been filed against Sauer, nor has he issued a statement regarding the scandal. Kelly has since contacted Instagram to have the account deactivated.
Meanwhile, Illinois House GOP Leader Jim Durkin released the following statement earlier this morning: “The allegations that have come forth against Representative Nick Sauer are troubling. He will be resigning from office today. We should allow the proper authorities to conduct their investigations.”