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Spokane's Jim 'Wild Wild' West faces more allegations


State Sen Pam Roach (R-31) said that Mayor Jim West made a pass at her son.

You really need a shower after reading about this homo-bigot, de-closeted dude; each nasty bit that comes out is proof positive that the closet can create mental illness and deviancy. What a shameless, corrupt, arrogant perv. He still has no intention of stepping down. (NYT):

New allegations of misconduct surfaced Tuesday against Mayor James West, who has rejected demands for his resignation amid allegations he offered city jobs to men he met in gay online chat rooms.

According to The Spokesman-Review, state Sen. Pam Roach said that when West served in the Legislature, he made an inappropriate sexual comment to her about her teenage son. The newspaper also said a man claimed that he was inappropriately touched during a pat-down search when West was a sheriff’s deputy in the 1970s.

Through his attorney, Bill Etter, West denied the published reports. ”Mr. West denies each and every one of these allegations,” Etter said.

The new allegations were part of a series of articles the newspaper has published about West, a conservative Republican and longtime opponent of gay rights. The Spokesman-Review has also reported allegations that West molested two boys in the 1970s when he was a Boy Scout leader, and that he offered gifts, favors and jobs at City Hall to young men he met online. The mayor has denied those allegations but acknowledged having relations with adult men. The Justice Department is investigating whether West used his political office and city resources improperly. The city also is investigating.

Roach told the newspaper that West made the comment in the Senate chamber around 1990, when her then-18-year-old son was working as a tour guide in the state Capitol and West was a state senator.

”West told me, ‘I want to do to your son what no mother would want to know,”’ Roach said the former senator told her. Roach said she told fellow Republican Sen. Ann Anderson about the encounter at the time, but Anderson, a friend of West, told the newspaper she recalled that West told Roach: ”Pam, you have a nice-looking young son.”

Thanks to House Blender Holly of Julien’s List for the pointer.

UPDATE (5/25): Read more sleaze on West by JJ over at B3.

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