Friday, June 10, 2011

NM Dems Will Not Be Out-Wienered!

As national Republicans pound the drums for U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign and for Democrats to return "tainted" campaign cash donated by the New York Democrat, here in New Mexico there's a Republican Wiener and it's the Dems who are taking the umbrage.

In a story that is a natural for my pal Stuart Dyson, (though Wonkette also has picked up on it) Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael Wiener has admitted to some off-color jokes in the office.

As per Dyson, "Wiener admitted to telling a joke about having a Wiener and a Johnson on the County Commission,(Wayne Johnson is another commissioner) but says when he told a woman staffer she was "looking good," he was talking about her office decor and not her appearance."

Earlier this week State Democratic Party Chairman called on Michael Wiener to resign. And Thursday afternoon, the state party called upon Gov. Susana Martinez to return the $700 Commissioner Wiener donated to her campaign last year.

It's not the first time Michael Wiener's humor has gotten him in trouble. Last year he apologized for emailing racist jokes.

Here's the independent investigator's report of the the complaint against Michael Wiener, courtesy the Albuquerque Journal's Scribd page. My favorite part is when Wiener explains the "Wiener and Johnson" joke by saying he was talking about the different kinds of hot dogs, not ... you know.) The report concludes that Wiener's jokes do not meet the legal definition of creating a hostile work enviroment. Besides Wiener is an elected official and is exempt from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which deals with discrimination.

Here's Dyson's report: