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Former Rep. Katie Hill launches woman-focused PAC to resolve 'unreconciled dynamic' of her scandal and resignation

Former Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) isn't leaving Washington, D.C., anytime soon.

Hill's short congressional tenure ended in October when nude photos of her leaked online, and she resigned after admitting to an "inappropriate" relationship with a subordinate staffer. After a few not-so-restful months, Hill is plunging back into politics to make amends for the "unreconciled dynamic" surrounding her departure, Caitlin Moscatello reports in a profile of Hill for New York Magazine.

Following her resignation, Hill returned home, telling Moscatello "there's a lot I have to heal from." But she ended up dealing with her mother's surgery, and then finding her 20-year-old brother dead from an overdose just hours after they'd been together. Hill's family worried about her mental health after everything she'd gone through, but Hill said "my mom and sister made me make a pact that I would never actually do something like that," alluding to her brother's death.

Hill then returned to Washington, moving into an apartment using an advance for her forthcoming memoir. "Being out of office is so much easier than being in office," she told New York Magazine, explaining that "this year, I'm going to make a lot more money. I'm going to have a bunch of vacations. I'm going to have a lot of downtime."

Hill also started a PAC, called HER Time, that's focused on getting women elected, in attempt to resolve "this unreconciled dynamic around what happened with" the staffer, she said. But after a person tied to Hill's 2018 campaign was arrested for allegedly hacking into and disrupting a Democratic rival's campaign, "the possibility that Hill's campaign had cheated" is marring her political future once again. Hill denies knowing about the alleged hacking. Read more at New York Magazine.