It was but a few days ago that I posted about an alleged sexual harasser in Wisconsin: Top GOP WI lawmaker accused of sexual harassment. #FamilyValues. Again, it's about the hypocrisy. Both parties have had their share of scandals, but Republicans insist on crowing about how moral and upstanding they are, because, see, they're the party of squeaky clean values.
At the time of that writing, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his people claimed to be oblivious to the situation, doing their best collective Chris Christie/Sgt. Schultz "I know nothing" impressions. That takes talent, you know.
Flash forward a couple of days: Walker is now saying that Kramer the Alleged Groper shouldn't hold any elective office at all if the allegations are true. And Dems are turning it into a campaign issue. They're no fools:
"Allegations of a Republican leader sexually harassing multiple women while raising money for his caucus is yet another reprehensible example of Wisconsin Republicans' callous treatment of women in our state," said a statement from Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood), the assistant Assembly minority leader.
Additionally, Assembly Republicans have booted the creep from his leadership position. Please note that Kramer is not just any creep, he's a multi-faceted creep. Groper Bill is a single guy who has voted against women's reproductive rights, was in favor of Voter I.D. (read: suppression) laws, and in favor of a bill that "repeals punitive and compensatory damages for workplace discrimination." How outreachy of him.
He's also checked himself into a "treatment facility." I don't know about you, but I take that as a tacit admission of guilt.
Yes, this is who gets elected by Republicans in Wisconsin: A sexual harasser (allegedly) who is anti-women's rights (not allegedly) and anti-civil rights (not allegedly).
Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer, a Republican, a top lawmaker, a member of the so-called "family values" party, is submerging himself in sexual harassment hot water. Allegedly.
Here we go again, the very people on the right who profess to be fine, upstanding, virtuous citizens reveal themselves to be just the opposite. Yes, both parties have issues like these, but it's the GOP that loves to trumpet their moral superiority. It's the hypocrisy, stupid.
Let's see who this Kramer (apologies to the far more virtuous Seinfeld character) is: He is a single man who has voted against women's reproductive rights, was in favor of Voter I.D. (read: suppression) laws, and in favor of a bill that "repeals punitive and compensatory damages for workplace discrimination."
Oh those wacky, zany Republicans and their outreach efforts.
Apparently, Kramer is also in favor of sexual harassment involving a 33-year-old female lobbyist and at least one other woman. Allegedly.
Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer may resign from his leadership post as soon as Saturday after being accused of sexually harassing at least two women while in Washington, D.C., for a GOP fundraiser. [...]
Kramer is accused of groping at least one of the women and making lewd and inappropriate remarks to at least two women.
"Part of it is supposedly verbal and some of it is physical," said a source.
Do jerks like this actually believe that this kind of behavior will:
1. Attract women?
2. Be met with any kind of appreciation or approval whatsoever?
3. Not be reported and exposed for the disgusting, unwelcome, abusive conduct that it is?
As expected, Gov. Scott Walker's people said that they were unaware of the creepy allegations about one of their party's top guys. What a coincidence! Chris Christie said he was unaware of what was going on with his BFF's unscrupulous little Bridgegate antics, too. Allegedly.
GOP: The Glaringly Oblivious Party.
Via an L.A. Times email alert:
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, San Diego Superior Court officials said today.
The charges were filed by the state attorney general’s office and are expected to be announced at a 10 a.m. news conference.
The charges are related to three victims, identified only as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3, a court official told The Times.
Filner, 71, the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years, resigned Aug. 30 after cutting a deal with the City Council for the city to defend him against a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by an ex-staffer.
For the latest information go to www.latimes.com
And a CNN email alert piles on with a couple of more details:
The former San Diego mayor who resigned this summer over accusations of sexual impropriety has been charged in connection with allegations made by three women, the San Diego County Superior Court said today.
Bob Filner was charged with a felony count of "false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit," and two misdemeanor counts of battery, the court said.
Filner, also a former nine-term Democratic congressman, resigned from the mayor's post in August after at least 19 women accused him of sexual harassment and boorish behavior.
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And as I write this, I am getting updates. This one is from the Times again:
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in August in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.
Republican Carl DeMaio is running for Congress, but he also may run for former Mayor Bob "The Slobbery Groper" Filner's old job.
According to the reporting, when DeMaio was in the City Council, he would leave during meetings to masturbate in a men’s room, per former City Council president Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator who claims to have actually walked in on DeMaio during the act more than once.
[O]thers suspect his inappropriate activity was more frequent. [...]
“DeMaio was masturbating,” Hueso told the website. “He jumped, caught by surprise. He jumped to the sink ... saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ about six times. Then washed his hands, darted out.”
Marti Emerald, a City Councilwoman, confirmed Hueso's story:
“Ben was in a state of shock, face red, eyes bulging,” Emerald said. “I said: ‘You look like you just saw the devil?’ He said: ‘DeMaio is masturbating in the middle of the room.’”
San Diego officials said masturbation could be a fireable offense for a municipal employee, but not necessarily for an elected official.
See? Elected officials get perks!
Such an activity could have criminal implications, according to director of the city’s personnel department Hadi Dehghani, with the city attorney’s office making that decision.
Okay, time to get serious. Filner abused a whole lot of women. DeMaio (allegedly) pleasured himself, as embarrassing and shocking as his not-private-enough activities were to anyone who awkwardly encountered them. He clearly should have had better judgment, like, you know, waiting until he got home and understanding when and where to engage in masturbation, but that said, he's no Filner.
And if the allegations are true, he's also not exactly living up to those so-called Republican "family values" we hear so much about.
Bottom line: San Diego needs to clean up its political act. Enough with sordid situations like these to divert voters away from serious debate on policy positions.
By the way, the Post went out of their way to point out that DeMaio is "openly gay." That was irrelevant to the story and served no other purpose than to wrongly imply that gay men are icky and have no self-control. DeMaio's sexual orientation had no place in this article. None.
A DeMaio spokesman calls the masturbation accusations “absurd and ludicrous.”
So was the Post's "openly gay" reference.
Serial groper Bob Filner agreed to resign as San Diego mayor, so he's gone, vamoose, outta here. Good riddance.
Of course, you know he's filled with remorse, embarrassment, and shame for the repeated assaults and nauseating tongue action he inflicted on at least 18 women (and counting), right?
In an emotional and defiant address to the council after the vote was announced, Filner apologized to his victims and supporters but also said he had been victimized by "the hysteria of the lynch mob" caused by politicians and the media once the allegations by some 18 women became public.
To make matters worse, the City Council approved a deal to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide. They did that, per council members, "in the best interest of the taxpayers" and to limit any damages the city might face from the lawsuit.
When you've finished banging your heads against your walls, read the next part. You'll be more encouraged:
Within minutes of the council decision, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office confirmed that a criminal investigation into Filner's treatment of women "is underway." Investigators have been interviewing some of the women who have come forward with allegations.
Filner's resignation does not affect the investigation, a source close to the investigation said.
If there is any justice in this world, he will have a future as a piece of toast.
I heard the news a few minutes ago on MSNBC, and now an NBC affiliate in San Diego has more:
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week with city officials, NBC 7 News has learned.
Filner, spotted leaving City Hall with packing boxes Wednesday night, will formally vacate the office following a closed session of City Council Friday, according to several sources.
Other than the sixteen women this serial groper slobbered all over and pawed (including a great-grandmother), he is also being investigated for alleged “pay to play” schemes with developers.
He has now agreed to withdraw from office. Good riddance.
Next stop: Prosecution.
Council President Todd Gloria will take on the role of acting mayor under the city charter.
There could be at least one primary special election within 60 to 90 days.
UPDATE via an email alert from the L.A. Times:
In exchange for his resignation, the city will pay some, if not all, of Filner's financial damages from the lawsuit, said the sources, who spoke on the condition anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The City Council is set to vote on the settlement in a closed session Friday.
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