A few weeks ago due to some really good investigative journalism in Spokane, Washington, it was found that Spokane Mayor Jim West, known for his anti-gay rights conservatism, was found to be soliciting men on Gay.com.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports…
Spokane Mayor Jim West, who championed an anti-gay agenda during his tenure as one of the most powerful Republicans in the Legislature, yesterday admitted to using the trappings of his current office to entice what he thought was a young adult man but denied allegations that he molested two young boys more than 20 years ago.
West confirmed to The Spokesman-Review of Spokane that he offered gifts, favors and a City Hall internship during Internet chats with a man he believed was 18. The online pen pal was actually a forensic computer expert working for the newspaper. After the story hit the newsstands yesterday, West sent city staffers a remorseful e-mail.
“I want to sincerely apologize to you personally for the shame I have brought to the Mayor’s office and the city,” West wrote. “I stumbled and let you down.”
The accusations of child molestation stem from The Spokesman-Review’s three-year investigation and interviews with two felons who said West fondled them and forced them to perform sexual acts on him when they were Boy Scouts.
The accounts have not been confirmed or dismissed by law enforcement officials, and no investigations are planned.
Nonetheless, West’s tacit acknowledgement of gay sex sent political shock waves across the state.
In more than 20 years in the Legislature, West had initiated legislation to outlaw sexual contact between consenting teenagers; supported a bill that would have barred gays and lesbians from working for schools, day care centers and some state agencies; voted to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman; and, as Senate majority leader, allowed a bill that would ban discrimination against gays and lesbians to die in committee without a hearing.
SCANDAL! This happened at the beginning of the month, but the contraversy continues with West refusing to resign from his mayoral post. Talk about being in the closet. Now if only all the other anti-gay rights politicians would come out of the closet we could get somewhere already!
Anti Gay Rights Mayor of Spokane Scandal
By Samhita | Published: May 29, 2005
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