ESPN’s Erin Andrews goes to Capitol Hill to demand tougher anti-stalking laws

From the aptly named web site, Fishbowl DC:

ESPN’s Erin Andrews is scheduled to join Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Virgina Foxx (R-N.C.), and Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) in a press conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday to plug tougher federal stalking laws.

The presser is at 10:30 a.m. at the House Triangle just off Independence Avenue near New Jersey Avenue.

Klobuchar will introduce a Senate companion bill to H.R. 5662, the Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe (STALKERS) Act, introduced by Sanchez last week.

Now, that’s an acronym.

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38 comments Add your comment

Jon

July 26th, 2010
4:18 pm

That’s an impressive acronym.

Enough

July 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

I have had enough of Erin Andrews. Please – can she, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and all the “Real Housewives” just go away?

Slow News Day

July 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

We are in the midst of an economic crisis in this country and our State, and the political reporter writes about Erin Andrews?

Andy in Blairsville

July 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

Who cares what she wants? Her 15 minutes of fame are over.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

Absolutely! It has to be a very, very slow news day! North Korea is threatening to nuke everybody in sight, the Gulf of Mexico is still under siege by oil, politics coming and going on the state and national level and we learn about tougher federal stalking laws?

GeorgiaConservative

July 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

Why waste your time with federal laws? They’ll simply be unenforced like most every other federal law that doesn’t involve collecting taxes or gathering fines.

mrj

July 26th, 2010
4:57 pm

It is news. And political. Not the top story of the day, but if Ms. Andrews is taking “her 15 minutes” to the betterment of laws protecting US women? Good for her. She is talented as a sports reporter, and it’s not her fault she looks good too. There’s no plastic involved and very little self promotion on her part. She didn’t call the AJC looking for more notoriety. Leave her alone and she’ll go back to talking sports on tv this Fall.

Nacho Daddy

July 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

I was hoping her picture would accompany this story…

Harry From the Burn

July 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

She’s acting like she got raped by the guy.

John C.

July 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

Erin Andrews is a very competent sports reporter. I enjoy her commentary during college football far more than most of the sideline babes. She actually seems to understand the game. As far as her being stalked, read about what happened. If you don’t feel sorry for her you are a callous jerk. As far as I know she has not sought any publicity at all from the incident. To put her in the Lohan, Hilton, Housewives context is plain ignorant. She has actual accomplishments to go with her stunning good looks and smart wardrobe.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

@GeorgiaConservative

You’ve got it right. If it doesn’t produce money, the fed ain’t interested. Of course, if you try to make an identical law in any state and try to enforce it, the fed WILL file suit against you. Ask the Governor of Arizona and the people there who deal with the crime and violence brought on them by the illigal aliens. (They are not “undocumented”, they are ILLEGAL!)

Blackberry Cobbler

July 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

Erin should just go away…………… and take Shirley Sherrod with her. Talk about milking her 15 minutes of fame………….. geez.

Highlander

July 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

“Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe”???

Exactly how does that work? This kind of BS doesn’t keep anyone safe since it can’t be charged until AFTER the incident has already occurred! As if this kind of legislation would have prevented the guy from spying on Andrews! Yeah, …right!

This is another example of some morons in Congress trying to look like they’re actually doing something.

159

July 26th, 2010
5:27 pm

Erin Andrews’ endorsement would mean more than Sarah Palin’s at this point.

Arlo

July 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

I can’t wait for her pictorial in Playboy!

Gmoney

July 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

I love Erin. She is very good at what she does. She knows the game and asks the right questions in the right way on the sideline. I will say, she is famous and beautiful. While you may want more to be done, there is only so much the law can do to protect you. She is very lucky it was just pictures and not a complete psycho. Laws can only punish. They do nothing to prevent.

kkong

July 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

The stalker was the best thing that ever happened to her.

cheetah1976

July 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

Her 15 minutes of fame? Erin was well known to the knowledgable sports fan before she was violated by that stalker. She did nothing to warrant this guy violating her space and privacy.
For those of you taking shots at her, how would you like it if someone videotaped your wife, sister, daughter or mother while they were changing clothes?
The only problem I have wth her is that she’s a Gator!

kkong

July 26th, 2010
5:54 pm

She did nothing to warrant the violation…but she’s done everything she can to capitalize on it. Well known to the knowledgable sports fan? That’s a crock.

Rule .303

July 26th, 2010
5:57 pm

Oh I saw what happened to her. She really needs ot mow her front lawn better though.

Anyway, for someone who want’s to put this “traumatic” experience behind her, she’s really using it to her advantage. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her. God knows she’s an awful sideline “reporter” and “analyst”. But no worries, with NFL Network and MLB Network I have no use for the NBA Network…oooops, I meant ESPN, but what’s the difference?

Gator Guy

July 26th, 2010
6:04 pm

If she wants something strongly and efficiently enforced, then the federal government is the last place she should go—that is, unless she wants a tax hike, or some stupid law protecting a lizard in the middle of the mojave desert. And I agree, our political reporter should get out of his office every now and then, and write about something relevant. Still shows why the AJC is, and will continue to be a second rate newspaper. I bet the NY times, Wall Street Journal, or Washington Post didn’t have this in their op-ed.

One, Two, Three, Fo Five

July 26th, 2010
6:08 pm

Almost enough.

July 26th, 2010
6:27 pm

They’ll have her host the ‘Decision’ two hour special on ESPN for Brett Favre to announce whether or not he’s playing this year. Hopefully she does it in a thong bikini. :)

cheetah1976

July 26th, 2010
6:32 pm

You must not be a knowledgable sports fan Kkong if you didn’t know who she was before all that crap happened to her. She’s worked for ESPN for years.

Clint

July 26th, 2010
6:42 pm

Miss Andrews, the horse is dead. You can stop beating it anytime you want. Look I know what happened to her was horrible, but she is the only person who brings it up anymore. The guy is in jail for a few years, what more does she want from him? If she’d stop talking about it every chance she gets, then it would go away.

reebok

July 26th, 2010
7:11 pm

i wish to god erin andrews would quit yapping about how violated she feels. hey erin…shut up already.

enough

July 26th, 2010
7:44 pm

I am done with her. Good dancing (both videos), felt sorry for her, now she is just annoying.

Erin, Erin

July 26th, 2010
7:55 pm

Erin,

If you go on men’s sports programs looking as good as you do showing your boobs, you might get a stalker, you think?

Take a liitle responsiblility for your own well-being.

If Brad Pitt wore tight little silk shorts on womens programs each day with his thing showing, he might get a few stalkers too.

Daaaah……………..

Ted Striker

July 26th, 2010
8:14 pm

I really like Erin Andrews as a sports reporter — she knows her stuff and she does a good job — however the horse is dead.

The existing laws put her stalker in jail. Making MORE laws wouldn’t have prevented what occurred. Sometimes you can’t prevent crime you can only prosecute the criminals and we have plenty of laws that do that.

Liz

July 26th, 2010
10:20 pm

Stalkers are sick people, and most often it has nothing to do with sex. Obsession and control is at the heart of the matter. And, it may have nothing to do with reality. The average obsession runs just under 2 years.

It is about time the loopholes in the weak law were addressed!

King Rat

July 26th, 2010
11:31 pm

jim stop dreaming about Erin Andrews and get back to putting some mud on my cowboy boots. I’m making some appearances in South Georgia tomorrow, and I can’t be looking like some lipstick wearing dandy wearing wingtips.

Annoyed

July 27th, 2010
7:57 am

This bish is crazy. lol!!!

lmno

July 27th, 2010
9:35 am

Its horrible that someone would secretly video tape her in her hotel room naked. I’m sorry that happened and that sort of thing should certainly be a punishable offense.

On the other hand, this incident has been wonderful for her career.

T-Bone

July 27th, 2010
10:07 am

I wish I could somehow forget reading the comments on this post. Every time I convince myself that there are plenty of good people in the world, I’m inevitably let down.

HEY Enough

July 27th, 2010
11:46 am

Hey Enough, Erin Andrews is doing positive things for this country and actually helping people, dont put her in the same categories as those other worthless women in the spotlight

cyndi

July 27th, 2010
12:53 pm

I can only think that those who are posting nasty comments in here are stupid!
Would you like your wife or daughter stalked no matter what hotel they checked into? Rape? yes, this man mentally raped this beautiful woman…for months, as well as sixteen others…
I do not see it written that this pervert is a sick-minded “thing”
Stop all of your Jealousy and have empathy for a gorgeous and intelligent woman who was victimized! Yes she is beautiful and you are all jealous!

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Anonymous

July 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

Obviously you are very ignorant have never been stalked before. You can’t imagine the impact it has on so many aspects of your life and what it’s like to live in fear because stalkers who are obsessed with a person and will do these strange things, even if they do not seem dangerous, are truly emotionally disturbed people who often do eventually become dangerous. I have lived it myself and lost my job earlier this year due to a stalker’s behavior at my work place. It is very difficult under the current laws to make someone stop stalking you because unless they have physically threatened your safety, the stalking laws can’t be enforced. Often people are seriously harmed or killed before something is done. Good for Erin Andrews for taking a stand and making this more public. If better laws are passed she will probably be saving people’s lives.