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February 15, 2006

Little girl

If you're at a political meeting and a pretty 24-year-old woman walks out of the room, and if you not only watch her walk out but motion for her to come back and tell her to walk out again....

And if you respond, when people complain about your behavior, "I look at one of the girls as she walked out. Big deal. . . . I look at the girls every time they walk out. The day I don't look at pretty girls, I die."....

And if you also say, "A little girl walks out, and I make a joke out of it. The one who is offended is me. . . . I can't believe you are making a deal out of that."....

... then you must be Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

UPDATE (2/16): For those of you who can't get enough of this, the Baltimore Sun has more: "Schaefer defended the comment in a profanity-laced rant at reporters after the meeting." Schaefer also went to speak to the woman but says he didn't apologize. And we can be quite sure that's the truth. Apparently, the young woman told Schaefer she was embarrassed by the comments. Meanwhile, her father is mightily ticked off:

Reached at home last night, the assistant, Elizabeth Krum, 24, declined to discuss the matter. But her father said he feels the incident was "sexual harassment on the job."

"We're very, very upset about this," said Allen Krum, a science teacher from Towson. "It seems that just because he's older, he's tolerated by the Democrats and Republicans.

"It's all fun and games until it's your own daughter, and then it's not fun anymore," Krum said.

He said he didn't think the family would pursue legal action but that the decision would be his daughter's to make.
The Sun article also repeats two anecdotes about previous Schaefer encounters with women who were public employees. But this is the definitely the best (where "best" is defined as something worth posting at Pillage Idiot).