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sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

Alaska Democrat lawmaker resigns after being accused of attacking woman

After media mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a perverted monster by his 84 unfortunate accusers, women and men everywhere felt empowered to call out their own tormentors.

The latest reprobate to be exposed for seriously abusing a woman is Alaska Democrat Rep. Zach Fansler, who announced his resignation on Friday from the House floor amid allegations that he assaulted a woman after a night of drinking in January.

Caught red-handed

Fansler was reluctant to relinquish his position within the state legislature and initially denied the allegations, but text messages preserved by the victim that were published by Juneau Empire tell a different story.

After the woman, a political staffer known in Democratic circles who has otherwise not been identified, informed Fansler that their ongoing relationship was over, he apologized for what he called his “bdsm kink.”

“I will keep my distance and be respectful tonight and whenever,” Fansler wrote to the woman in one message. “You’re right about my drinking and the kink. I’m embarrassed and ashamed of myself. Please please please let me know if there is anything I can do. I’m sorry.”

But “kink” is an inappropriate word for the drunken rage Mr. Fansler directed at his anonymous victim. On the night of Jan. 13, the pair were drinking at a Juneau-area bar when Fansler invited his date up to his room at the Alaskan Hotel.

The incident

According to the victim, an inebriated Fansler began kissing her and making sexual advances.

“It was not pleasant or enjoyable, but it was not uncomfortable,” she told the Empire in an interview. “I was like, okay, I will try to redirect his drunkenness,” she said, although several attempts to get the lawmaker to go to sleep were unsuccessful. That is when things got ugly, according to the woman:

[Directing him to bed] was not a tactic that was working, and he was pulling my hair and then hit me, slapped me twice, on each side of my face.

Finally, she escaped from her abuser, and when it was clear that she was not recovering from the attack, the woman checked herself into Juneau Urgent Care. Medical records from her emergency care indicate that she suffered from “ear trauma with possible TM [tympanic membrane] rupture.”

Non-pologies

Like many persistent sexual abusers, Fansler suffers from a troubling inability to see that he was doing harm to his victims. Referring to his atrocious assault as “bdsm kink” implies that he believes that his victim somehow enjoyed being slapped; she asked for it, he presumed.

Democratic degenerates like recently disgraced Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) expressed similar obliviousness during their own public apologies.

“Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate,” the former comedian said in a formal apology, “and I respect their feelings about that.”

Weinstein, a huge liberal donor and Hillary Clinton patron was similarly tone-deaf in his apology.

“I came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” he wrote.

Progressive comedian Louis C.K.’s apology was as awkward as his on-screen performances:

At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my [censored] without asking first.

No remorse

If Fansler is resentful, he certainly hasn’t expressed any guilt. Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon had to speak with Fansler “at least a couple of times” last week to ensure the accused legislator that the Democratic caucus would not tolerate his continued representation.

Fansler eventually relented, announcing his resignation on Friday in front of his House colleagues.  Officials have already found new jobs for Fansler’s staff and demanded that he turn in his office keys.

Fansler is the second Alaska Democrat in two months to resign under disgraceful circumstances related to sexual improprieties. In December, Dean Westlake of Kotzebue was forced to quit after female aides accused him of unwanted touching and making lewd, sexually perverse comments.

As the allegations against Westlake surfaced, local news media were preparing a report on a child Westlake fathered with a 16-year-old girl in 1988, when he was almost twice that age. State laws at the time prohibited sexual contact with a minor, although Westlake was never prosecuted.

Westlake’s “apology:”

As recent allegations of my behavior have superseded discussions about my constituents, my ability to serve them has been diminished.

Will these legislators ever hold themselves accountable? We aren’t holding our breath.


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