News It Turns Out Some Republican Men Still Want to Sleep With Women. Not Their Wives Maybe, but…
posted by November 6 at 0:04 AMon
Postman’s got the story. State House Rep. Jim Dunn (R-Vancouver) is getting reprimanded by State GOP leadership for making an inappropriate comment to a female staffer: Something about buying her a drink so he could sleep with her.
Dunn said that the incident occurred about three weeks ago in Tri-Cities. After the subcommittee meeting, a group of legislators and staffers were having drinks. He says he did make an inappropriate comment to “a young lady.” He was buying her a drink and said something like, in his words, “I’m buying you this so I can take you home, something like that.”
“I made it and I knew it as a bad remark,” he said. There were 20 to 30 other people around, he said. “If I meant it, I wouldn’t have said it in a crowd.”
Dunn said he met with DeBolt and other Republican leaders Friday. DeBolt, he said, asked him to resign. He said someone in the meeting threatened that if he didn’t resign his wife would find out about his behavior. Dunn says he had already told his wife what happened and she fully supports him staying in and fighting.
“I told him, ‘Richard, you know I’m not going to resign.’ It was an inadvertent bad remark. I apologized for it to the young lady. It was uncalled for.”
But Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle, was at the table that night and says Dunn is telling a sanitized version of events. She said Dunn joined a table of legislators and staffers and insisted on buying everyone a drink.
When the female staffer asked why he was buying her a drink, Dunn made his comment. Santos would not repeat it for me, but said it was “far more explicit” than Dunn’s version and “highly inappropriate.”