What seemed cute at the time, is disturbing in hindsight.

I was in my 20's and a male lobbyist working the same issues would ask me to send my card in to ask Legislators to come off the floor to talk with me - and when they did he would take over the conversation.

He used me as bait and thought it was hilarious how much quicker male legislators would come out for me than him. After talking about policy with the male lobbyist, more times than not the Legislator would then try to engage me in "personal" conversations, such as “Where are you from?” or “Are you going to the local bar after work?” etc.,

It was completely acceptable behavior for the time and would harm my career if I were to push back. Male lobbyists were respected and female lobbyists were just there to flirt with and expected to flirt back.

Danielle Kando-Kaiser