I honestly do not know what to make of this quote from the Dallas Morning News:
Both women, who have acknowledged their actions and been cleared of sexual harassment, said the complaint was politically motivated.
When is pinching the hiney of a subordinate NOT sexual harassment? So confusing…
A complaint filed against Mayor Jody Smith and Mayor Pro Tem Jean Levenick said that the women approached the officer from behind and pinched him “simultaneously on the butt,” according to a report obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
If you read the article, it gives more explanation about the hiney pinch. Regardless or whether the officer felt intimidated or actually appreciated the attention, this kind of behavior from public officials is horribly embarrassing and shows extremely poor judgment.
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Cheap Tricks and Costly Truths says
I agree that it is not proper behavior for an elected public official. It absolutely exhibits poor judgment. Are these ladies married? Do their husbands approved of the actions of their wives? Do these ladies have children? Are their children not embarassed that their mothers acted so inappropriately? More than not, this is a lack of ability to excercise good judgment, and as a resident of Flower Mound, I would readily not re-elect. Not so much for the pinch, but because it lacks good judgment…normally when one is so careless with their actions, that error in judgment can be carried over into all aspects of their personal and business conduct. Smear campaign or not…it just makes sense not to allow these jezebels to continue to dirty the good name of Flower Mound.
Jezebels. That's so perfect.
Tim Ruggiero says
Sadly, I think this is akin to the 'urinator' I caught for the 2nd time on my property. Was the act itself damaging? hardly….it's about RESPECT and COMMON DECENCY.
It is sexual harassment by definition. We know this because it is UNWANTED behavior. If wasn't, there wouldn't have been a complaint. Also by definition, it is not sexual harassment unless someone complains. It The complainer doesn't even have to be directly involved-the complainer can simply witness the act and be offended by it. Critics can call it politically motivated all they want. What would they have called it had the persons doing the pinching NOT been politicians?
All that said, I'm virtually certain that CONDUCT on the part of any government employee is regulated and there exists a code of conduct.
You might recall that a certain Detroit mayor lost his job, in part, for LYING about his CONDUCT.
I saw the Mayor's sons at the recent Town Council meeting and judging by their appalling and arrogant behavior, I suspect they are not embarassed by their mother's own behavior. I did not know who they were intially, but it became clear by the end of the meeting who they were related to.
if i pinched a woman's ass i would be fired. women can pinch a man's ass and it's all in fun. something is wrong with that.