Published October 5, 2013
As I write this, we are all aware that Lyndsey Hughes has accused DeMaine Kitchen of sexual harassment. Those of you who were listening to Friday's BrainFood from the Heartland heard Y-town City Law Director, Atty. Anthony Farris announce the city's hiring of Steve Sample as investigator into this matter.
In addition to the awfulness of the allegation , is the (I'm supposed to say..) 'alleged' reaction and mishandling of the matter by then, city council president, now mayor, Sammarone .
"...when she went to Sammarone about Kitchen’s alleged behavior, Sammarone responded: “What do you expect? You are a pretty, young girl.”
Much praise has been heaped upon Mayor Sammarone for his direct style, but this seems to be only part of that style's 'ugly, underbelly'.
The investigation aside, the first question Mayor Sammarone needs to answer BEFORE the election:
Why did he, NOT follow the city's sexual harassment policy.
I don't know if Chuck Sammarone has a daughter or granddaughter, but, what would his reaction be if these words were spoken to his offspring: “What do you expect? You are a pretty, young girl.”