I have been in public a long time, and sometimes my pants have come down…. “But it certainly hasn’t been like that. I’ve had a thin waist and a full waist, and it depends on where I was at that time, I suppose, as to what might have happened. But I sure don’t remember it.
A grown man made that comment to local media.
An elected Louisville official made that statement. Before the idiocy of that statement gets analyzed, a little backstory:
In June, at a public event, Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson was accused of groping fellow Council member Jessica Green (link). He was also accused of exposing his naked rear end to Council member Angela Leet’s Administrative Aide. Johnson has denied all claims and publicly apologized to Green; Green did not accept the apology.
On Thursday night, Council President David Yates called the incidents “a black eye on the entire community”. In a closed door meeting, 13 of the 16 council members voted to expel Johnson from the Democratic caucus and urged him to resign his seat before the trial-like process of removal begins (more info is available at this link from WHAS 11).
Johnson remains steadfast in his denials. During a radio interview with local/regional host Terry Meiners, Dan Johnson explained his version(s) of the story(ies). The quote from the beginning of this post came from that radio interview (WDRB story).
Where to begin with this?
“I have been in public a long time, and sometimes my pants have come down…. “But it certainly hasn’t been like that. I’ve had a thin waist and a full waist, and it depends on where I was at that time, I suppose, as to what might have happened.”
This. Is. Bull—-.
I have been as high as 262 pounds and as low as 231, in the last 2 years (I am currently 244-247 pounds). Never have my pants “just come down”, even without a belt… at 231 pounds… in the same jeans as I had at 262. You are an elected official! You mean to tell me that, before you left your house, that you didn’t check your belt? Also, you are accused of exposing your naked rear end – meaning, you left the house with no belt and was going commando. You should lose your Council seat just for those 2 items.
During that radio interview, Johnson also made this equally ridiculous statement:
“My arm was trapped between my leg and Jessica Green’s leg when she moved close to me,” Johnson said. “When I moved my arm away from being there to put it toward her shoulder, it landed on her backside, and I did not do it on purpose. I couldn’t even see what I was doing. It just went there.”
Your arm just “went there”!? Sounds like you were listening to Eminem’s “Guilty Conscious” and modified one of the lyrics: “What? She tripped? Fell? Landed on his d**k?”
What should have happened is Jessica Green’s fist “just going” to your eye and her knee “just going” to your groin.
By the way, your wayward arm committed sexual assault. Strike #3.
The city of Louisville, for all that it has going good for it, has not had a good year, reputation-wise. Murders are on a record pace. The University of Louisville is turning into a cesspool of corruption (thanks, former President Ramsey… and current Athletic Director Tom Jurich). The Metro Council want the Police Chief out. Now, this garbage with Dan Johnson. I find it absolutely amazing that Johnson is not only fighting to keep his seat, he is blaming Jessica Green and others on the Metro Council for conducting a witch hunt (WDRB story):
“I was elected by the 21st District to serve them for four years, and I will do that until my time is up.”
“This has been another desperate and malicious act by a few Democratic caucus members wishing to install their hand-picked crony as a council member.”
No, Dan Johnson. This is not an act to get a “hand-picked crony” in office. This is a (hopefully successful) act to get you out of office. You put your hands on Jessica Green’s body without her consent – Sexual Assault. You exposed yourself to someone and gave that idiotic reasoning for it – Indecent Exposure (or more). This makes you responsible for Louisville’s latest “black eye”. Do the right thing: step down, apologize again, make some kind of amends (donations, volunteer time, etc.), and fade from view.