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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It Turns Out Some Republican Men Still Want to Sleep With Women. Not Their Wives Maybe, but…

posted by on November 6 at 0:04 AM

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.

Postman reports:

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.”

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“I’m buying you this so I can take you home, something like that.” ??? Hmm...$5 for whoever comes closest to the real remark.

Posted by Gidge | November 6, 2007 12:29 AM

--but at Least They’re Not Homosexuals!

Josh - you are in unknown waters, this is really trash talk. I wish they were all out and frisky sexually active exclusively homo, all, get it?

What is with all the straight guys now sorting out gay male sexual issues?

And what EVER made you think Josh, the only homos in the state are within ten blocks of your office?

Duh ...

Posted by Adam | November 6, 2007 5:46 AM

"I'm buying you this drink so that people will think I'm straight. If I harass enough women, maybe I'll be able to stop thinking about smoking pole all the time."

Posted by Big Sven | November 6, 2007 5:47 AM

Sometimes sarcasm doesn't quite work on-line. Changed the header for you.

Posted by Josh Feit | November 6, 2007 7:14 AM

"I'm buying you this drink so I can f$@k you til you are blind."

Posted by idaho | November 6, 2007 7:18 AM

At least Dunn is not a hypocrite. This is who he is. He's never made any attempt to hide his boorishness. There's no explanation as to why he keeps getting elected.

Posted by Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane | November 6, 2007 7:24 AM

This seems to call for a bit of photoreconstruction ... and a caption contest.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | November 6, 2007 7:25 AM

But seriously - why is Josh so frequently misinterpreted?

Posted by Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane | November 6, 2007 8:05 AM
9 I can get into your panties.

And the woman should have said, "Sorry, dude, they wouldn't fit. Your ass is way bigger than mine."

Posted by the more I drink the more they want me | November 6, 2007 8:24 AM

This is such a PR stunt to make Conservative Republicans not look gay. Pathetic.

Posted by Gay Seattle | November 6, 2007 8:47 AM

Yes, let's strip an otherwise good person of all of his life's achievements because he tried to pick up on a woman at a bar.
ALL of us would be in prison if that were fair. Doesn't it get tiring constantly trying to destroy people because they don't agree with you on politics?

Oh, wait, this is Seattle where we're all so open minded. I almost forgot.

Posted by Tom | November 6, 2007 9:02 AM

Republicans are a sexy, sexy bunch!

Posted by Lee | November 6, 2007 9:03 AM

It's surprising that nothing has been done about Dunn's inappropriate behavior before this. It's one of the worst kept secrets in Olympia. There are women who will not meet with him and female staffers who won't meet with him alone.

Posted by ahava | November 6, 2007 9:26 AM

The Republicans have no class.

So what the hell did Dunn actually say???

Posted by la | November 6, 2007 9:32 AM

idaho @5 wins!

Posted by Gidge | November 6, 2007 9:50 AM

Tom #11. Don't be stupid Tom. If you are at a work related event at a bar you are still in the workplace dynamic and you cannot make sexually inappropriate comments to your co-workers. Maybe his intent was to be funny but it still counts as sexual harassment and is just plain dumb.

Do you know how annoying it is to put up with those stupid ass comments all the time? Get a clue and welcome to the 21st century Tom.

Posted by Gloria Steinham | November 6, 2007 10:07 AM

“Hi sweet tits, I just bought this new super sized red dildo and I want you to go up to my room with me and shove it up my ass and work it all around for an hour or so. And I have some good grass to smoke. My wife knows and it is OK with her.

When we get naked I will show you my secret collection of Hitler pictures, they always gets me hot.”

Posted by Freddyb | November 6, 2007 11:00 AM

Thank god you welcomed me Gloria, I was beginning to feel really out of place. My top hat in particular was chafing.

I'm sure you have to put up with people picking up on you all the time. God, your life must be aweful. Lol. Of course, it's only really all that bad if it's someone you don't think is attractive enough, right? Me get a clue? Riiiiight...

Posted by Tom | November 6, 2007 11:09 AM

This guy sounds like a loser and a crappy boss.
It is inappropriate for a boss to make a sexual comment to an employee at a workplace event. The fact that the comment was made in front of people probably means that it wasn't a sincere pickup line, but instead was a joke in bad taste meant to embarrass the staffer. At any rate, such workplace behavior is unacceptable in the 21st century, and most corporations would fire or at least censure an employee who made such a comment. Since Dunn is an elected official, however, he might get away with it.

Posted by miss_m | November 6, 2007 11:25 AM

I'm a guy who worked in an office with all women. They talked about sex all the time. They were bigger pervs than most of the guys I've worked with.

Posted by Man | November 6, 2007 11:55 AM

Man @20-

I think everyone has had multiple experiences like that - I know I have at several different workplaces. Difference is men don't generally feel the need to use victim status to get ahead, so it's a non-issue.

Uh oh - bring on the hate now!

Posted by Tom | November 6, 2007 12:44 PM

Are you guys really so clueless you don't understand the difference between a group of co-workers - equals - making remarks with (possibly inappropriate but not actionable) sexual innuendo, and a superior - someone in authority over you - actually propositioning you? Do you really not understand the difference between being hit on by just your average asswipe, or being hit on by the person who could have you fired, the person who probably signs your paychecks?

Oh, and my entry in the What He Really Said Sweepstakes: "Here, have another drink on me. Maybe if I get you drunk enough, you'll let me take you to a hotel room, where I will proceed to clumsily grope you, attempt to achieve penetration, fail miserably, and then pass out and snore and fart loudly all night."

Posted by Geni | November 6, 2007 1:42 PM

It wasn't his employee. You misread the article. And it's pretty obvious it was a joke, albeit in bad taste, but still a joke.

Posted by Tom | November 6, 2007 1:45 PM

There is a protocol between staff and legislators that is followed. Having seen Dunn in action, I imagine his remark was not only raunchy, but embarrassing to the staff person. It had to be pretty bad if no one is coming to his defense.

Posted by ahava | November 6, 2007 2:32 PM

Tom sucks! Boooooooooo Tom!

Posted by Himal | November 6, 2007 2:39 PM

In Man's @20 situation, he could have filed a sexual harassment complaint with a reasonable chance of having a jury rule in his favor. A hostile work environment can be caused by equals/co-workers, not just superiors.

Posted by Lawyer | November 6, 2007 3:11 PM
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