In other inconsequential news… it’s no secret that fellow Republican State Sen. Pam Roach doesn’t much like Spokane’s future former mayor, Jim West… and now we know a little bit more about the reasons why. According to The Spokesman
-boy love-Review, West made an inappropriate sexual comment to Roach about her then 18-year-old son Dan. (Question: are there appropriate sexual comments a man can make to a boy’s mother?)
Roach told The Spokesman-Review that West was kneeling by her desk in the Senate chamber in about 1990, conferring on a piece of legislation, when he saw her 18-year-old son, who was working as a tour guide in the state Capitol.
“West told me, ‘I want to do to your son what no mother would want to know,’ ” Roach said. “He then got up and left.”
Hmm. I’ve seen Rep. Dan Roach (R-Bonny Lake) in action in the Legislature, and I’d like to do to Dan something Pam wouldn’t want to know… though my fantasies mostly involve removing him from office.
Disgusted with West, Roach said she told fellow Republican Sen. Ann Anderson about the encounter. Roach said she also later told her son. Dan Roach, who is now a Republican state representative from Bonney Lake, confirmed West’s comment through his mother.
Anderson, now a lobbyist for Central Washington University, recalled the incident, but said her friend West told Roach, “Pam, you have a nice-looking young son.”
I suppose Roach might have gotten the wrong impression after West proceeded to pull down her son’s pants. No wait… the article says it was as a scout leader that West allegedly would “‘pants’ the boys”, not as Senate Majority Leader.
Anderson claims that she and Roach recently discussed the incident before the current controversy over West broke. Which raises a question… when exactly did Roach relate this story to the Spokesman-Review? Two different sources have previously suggested to me that Roach may have actually tipped off the paper to some of the allegations against West. I don’t like printing rumors, and since my sources at the S-R denied it, I chose to not to run with it myself. But in light of this new information, one can hardly blame me for speculating on the possibility.
So Pam, if you played no role in exposing West, I apologize. But if you did, well then, I suggest you take credit where credit is due. But either way, please don’t shoot me.