Sutherland quizzes female reporter about her underwear

Gee, that Doug Sutherland… he sure is friendly:

Speaking to a female reporter about forest certification, Sutherland made an unprompted analogy, “You have to do things in logical sequence: you wouldn’t put your coat on to go outside, then put your underwear on. Well, I don’t know what you do with your underwear.” He laughed.

Yeah, because it’s always funny to ask a female reporter about her underwear.

Considering the recent bad press over his sexual harassment of a young, female DNR employee, you’d think when talking to young women in a professional setting, Sutherland might want to avoid commenting on their underwear.

Clearly, Sutherland has a pattern of inappropriate behavior that would make most voters uncomfortable.  Whether enough voters are aware of this, we’ll find out on Tuesday.


  1. 1

    My Goldy Itches spews:

    You gotta hand it to the old man, he never disappoints when it comes to giving you quotes that make me laugh my ass off.

  2. 2

    rhp6033 spews:

    1. He makes the comment, without thinking about the consequences.

    2. Then he realizes he’s talking about underwear with a female reporter. How did that slip out? Perhaps because he was fantasizing about her in her underwear? Ooops, he’s made a mistake. He’ll try to repair it.

    3. “Well, I don’t know what you do with your underwear” he nervously blurts out. Ooops. That was even worse! Is she blushing? No, but his aids sure look embarrased. Is she smiling? No. Better make like it’s a joke. He laughs. She doesn’t laugh back. Time to exit. Fast.

  3. 3

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Geez Goldy…once again you are “Goldy the Perpetually Offended”.
    I think it’s pretty damn funny…so does my wife.

    You KLOWNS are soooooo uptight and politically correct…it would take a Farmall Tractor to pull a pin outta yer ass.

  4. 4

    Michael spews:

    Sutherland has a pattern of inappropriate behavior

    Sutherland is an old, good old boy and it shows. I think we need a head of the DNR that’s a little more in touch with the modern age.

    I don’t see this as being offensive. But, Sutherland, once again, found himself in an uncomfortable situation and had to do a bit of back tracking. I’d rather have department heads that didn’t get themselves in these sorts of fixes.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    A hireling in any state agency I worked for making that remark would be disciplined. Fourth offense? He’d already be gone. 1st offense – reprimand; 2nd offense – suspension; 3rd offense – termination. That’s how it works for state workers, and voters should apply the same standard to elected officials.

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    Michael spews:

    Speaking to a female reporter about forest certification, Sutherland made an unprompted analogy, “You have to do things in logical sequence: you wouldn’t put your coat on to go outside, then put your underwear on.

    It would be nice to have as the head of the DNR someone that could talk about forest certification by actually talking about forest certification.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 The government environment is different, Cynical. The public is paying your salary. You represent all of them. Because the citizens are your boss, you can’t say anything to (or about) any citizen that an employee of a private company wouldn’t say to his boss.

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    correctnotright spews:

    Sutherland is a serial offender. He has a habit of saying and doing sexually offensive things. He also has a habit of allowing logging on steep slopes in Lewis county where floods came down and ruined half the county.
    Sutherland claims that the company-bought geologists did the right thing – the photos say otherwise.
    Sutherland is in the pocket of the timber companies. Cut anywhere – a little downhill flooding won’t matter…
    Time to get someone real in there – Goldmark. Time to get rid of the two-bit corruption and inappropriate sexual remarks.

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    Mr. Idealistic spews:

    If one did some checking around might one find that Sutherland has some other womanizers among his management team? Could it be that this behavior is given the wink, wink, nod, nod?

    Just raising questions.

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    The Truth About DNR spews:

    Mr. Idealistic, not only is it the males being womanizers, but, the females are also slutting around. Check out an aquatic life who wears leather on a regular basis. Maybe that would also be an indication of what goes on behind closed doors.

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    The Truth About DNR spews:

    And another thing, the only way to change this is to Vote for Peter Goldmark. That is what needs to happen. PLEASE anybody who will read this, VOTE GOLDMARK.

    I was there at DNR and it was a horrible place to work and be associated with. BUT it has such great possibilities! It would be a great agency with a great mission if it wasn’t for the current administration. VOTE for CHANGE, VOTE Goldmark!!!