Frederick Alderman Roger Wilson said he still plans to announce his candidacy for mayor on Jan. 15 while facing allegations raised by a fellow alderman that he has engaged in unwelcome advances, coercion and other inappropriate behavior with multiple women.

Wilson said Monday that the claims against him made him even more motivated to run.

A Democrat, Wilson intends to challenge incumbent Mayor Michael O’Connor, also a Democrat.

The allegations against Wilson were first raised by Alderman Ben MacShane (D) in a Dec. 26 Facebook post in which he said he’d heard from several women about their stories of inappropriate behavior by Wilson.

Shortly after MacShane’s Facebook post, O’Connor released a statement calling the allegations against Wilson “very serious” and saying they “do not keep the values and standards of the City of Frederick.”

In a statement released Monday, Wilson described MacShane’s post as an “ambush” and accused his board colleague of trying to “mobilize a mob on social media to destroy [his] reputation.”

“In my decades of professional and community service, I have never been the subject of a complaint that I am aware of,” Wilson wrote. “I support the right of every person who feels victimized or harassed by anyone to make a complaint. But Facebook should not be the place where these matters are adjudicated.” 

Statement from Alderman Roger Wilson

The statement also singles out MacShane’s wife Kate for inviting people to a confidential Zoom meeting on Dec. 28 to share their experiences and “discuss options for justice and explore next steps.” Wilson said he was made aware of the meeting by someone who contacted one of his advisers.

The letter said the invitation described Kate MacShane as a clinical social worker and licensed psychotherapist. She is indeed a clinical social worker and licensed psychotherapist at the Maryland Center for Gender and Intimacy, according to the center’s website.

In a statement Monday night, Kate MacShane said her husband’s “work for racial, economic, and gender justice is widely recognized, so it’s no surprise to me that constituents came to him directly with their requests for support and advocacy.”

After the original Facebook post, Kate MacShane said they heard from enough women that they agreed it might be helpful to connect them with one another.

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Kate MacShane said her experience as a social worker and therapist informed her organizing of the meeting.

“Women coming together for healing and collective action has always been threatening to men who abuse their power, and it seems that this is no exception,” she wrote in a statement to the News-Post.

The city announced last week that it will hire an outside firm to look into the allegations against Wilson.

Wilson said Monday that any investigation should include looking into Ben MacShane’s and O’Connor’s social media posts as well.

Ben MacShane said Monday night that he wasn’t sure how there could be any analysis of the situation without examining the two statements.

“Those were public statements,” he said.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(58) comments

VeryTiredPanda

It is a known fact by women in the Frederick political and non-profit circles- you don't take a meeting with Roger after work hours. You do not go to a restaurant or bar to meet him. This has been a known fact for years.

KellyAlzan

mr Wilson: You’re running for mayor. And debating slapping a suit on the Macshames. Understandable and tough decision. My suggestion: your attorney doesn’t want you to know this.......but wait until the election is said and done to slap a suit against MacSHAME. Statue of Limitations is six years. Focus on becoming mayor. Don’t let those haters distract you. Once election is done - submit your Complaint to the court.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Kelly

You know Mr. Wilson's statement from yesterday? That was a carefully worded statement that his attorney advised him to word. A very intelligent attorney from the words of the statement So Mr. Wilson's attorney has already advised Mr. Wilson when the best time would be for him to file suit ....you realize that right?

KellyAlzan

Exactly. I suspected his attu wrote everything. Now, go back......and look at my post again. Notice I mention “attorney”, and read what I wrote about his attorney. That too, is strategically worded. You should know by now how to interpret my comments

PurplePickles aka L&M

Kelly

Sorry but your strategic words went right over my head...and are still going...[huh]

threecents

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shiftless88

I am all for recognizing that women may hesitate to come out in public or discuss abuse for a number of years. I am fine with giving them space and time. What I am not a fan of is someone making accusations to a colleague on social media instead of through proper channels. Then having his wife do a Zoom with these alleged victims. I am not denying there are victims, but just railing against the way Mr. and Mrs. MacShane handled this. It makes it reek of being politically inspired rather than a desire to help victims.

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lewisantq

I agree bpswp!

Has any victim stepped up yet?... Is this a wrong with no one claiming wronged 😑? MacShane needs to come up with a victim/victims, soon and it better be better then “I like your hair or the dress you are wearing today”, simple compliments.

Trump groped women’s hair, not on the head, but by all judgement in the wrong places and was still elected president. Many of you condoned, didn’t believe or over-looked that behavior. Right Bosco? Boring.

Business Owner

What the MacShanes did sounds like a kangaroo court. If there a transcript of this Zoom meeting? Did Ms. MacShane document the questions she asked of the participants?

NewMarketParent

This situation just sounds horrible all around. The best spot to be in at this point is to dodge the salaciousness and wait for an independent party to either corroborate or dismiss the claims. Until then, we just wait. Mr. Wilson seems to be accused of some very serious offenses and they should be treated seriously, while MacShane could have possibly been on the right side of this, but needs to keep his powder dry while an independent investigation is complete.

Business Owner

Well said NewMarketParent

threecents

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yogib

The actions by Mcshame and o'connor reminds me of a couple of jr high kids. Yes, I am glad that Roger is standing up. We need a Mayor who will truly lead.

francesca_easa

I second that!!!!

lewisantq

This McShane alone, not O'Connor.

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threecents

[offtopic] What is your damage?

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threecents

McShane's wife's involvement poisons this already toxic situation. So far there is just an allegation from McShane that he has spoken with three women who have unspecified sexual harassment complaints. Unless I hear some actual evidence, I will continue to assume Wilson is innocent. Regardless of this situation, the current mayor has been a disappointment and will most likely be voted out. Let's just hope Blaine is not the one who replaces him. So, yah, I really want Wilson to be innocent.

Dwasserba

"...Kate MacShane said they heard from enough women that they agreed it might be helpful to connect them with one another." That's fine. Empower them.

HappySeller2014

I agree. She sounds like a helicopter parent gathering her flock.

If I was in her position, I would be championing and supporting my clients to stand up, be bold, empower themselves, and seek collective justice for themselves. Not agree to all hide under a FACEBOOK post.

What are we teaching the LGBTQIA2+ affirming community when we tackle our issues like the MacShane's do through FACEBOOK and ZOOM?

threecents

Generally, when you have a criminal investigation, you don't want the witnesses to compare notes. Just saying.

TomWheatley

Having read the excellent LTE and knowing of Alderman Wilson, I would vote for him in the Primary and again for Mayor.

Then again, I am not in the City, but I could mail in a ballot and get it counted that way :)

bosco

I would move into the city in to vote for Wilson for mayor. I want to see a Black mayor and a Black police chief in Frederick.

phydeaux994

Right on PP, I’ve noticed that bosco has been trying to soften his rhetoric of the past 5+ years. I ain’t buying’ it either

bosco

Hey, Fido, what's wrong with a Black mayor and a Black police chief? Can't stand it, can you.

KMA

bosco

BTW, Fido, thanks for keeping track of my rhetoric and my 5+ year effort of trying to soften it. I'm glad you noticed. I'll try to continue in the next one to four years as well. I am so pleased that Biden has a plan to fix everything within his first 100 days. How's that?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Phy

Notice how easy it is to get under Stimpy's skin??? Projection and deflection ...gaslighting 101 from how to be a Narcissist 1st edition. Told you he was an open book written for a dumb child. Wait did I just call myself dumb?

HappySeller2014

Sexual harassment allegations. FACEBOOK exposse. ZOOM meeting of the ladies. Maryland Center for Gender and Intimacy. Psychotherapist. Days after Christmas. Teasing a mayorial run. Constipated duck with tail twisted in knots weathervane city logo from Jacksonville, FL. Spending Frederick City taxpayer dollars to hire outside investigators. Cast net wide asking for others to step forward.

Take a step back, take a breath, and take all of this in.

What a circus. My neighbor's kids play nicer together in their sandbox. Yes Frederick, we are Fredneckians. And our elected officials are pathetic.

bosco

Pretty good summary, happyseller2014. Small wonder most polls rank politicians lower than lawyers and used car salesmen.

HappySeller2014

Thank you bosco. We should plan to petition the Board of Alderman for a new Frederick City ordinance at its next meeting.

To keep the story churning, ALL visitors to downtown Frederick should now be required to wear a facemask AND underwear on his/her head until this story comes to its fateful conclusion. This would protect against COVID-19 AND Aldermaniac head cooties.

bosco

Happyseller, that would be a sight. [thumbup]

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Happy

If our elected officials are pathetic aren't the people who elected them also pathetic?

The pathetic electing the pathetic...or do we have a few elected officials that aren't pathetic?

HappySeller2014

Excellent questions Pickle. What are your thoughts? I know in business, when the blind are leading the blind, it never ends up well.

phydeaux994

Kind of like we’ve seen in the current Administration ya’ think?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@happy

No I don't think the electorate is made up of completely pathetic people, we did manage to elect Barack Obama for two terms didn't we?? and then again we elected Donald Trump for one term..so you tell me

HappySeller2014

Purple, I say look at how dumb the average person is, and then realize that 50% of the population is stupider than that. Kinda sobering.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Happy

Are dumb people and pathetic people the same? I don't think they are one and the same people? Also what do you mean by dumb and define what you mean by pathetic??? Define how you are thinking about dumb and pathetic, because we could be thinking about them in totally different ways with differing definitions? Once we can determine we are on the same page we can then carry on our conversation....

phydeaux994

Which 50% of the electorate do you consider yourself to be in Happy, the unEducated and the deplorable’s or the Democrats and moderate Republicans? Again, last 5 Administrations, 2 of 3 Republican Presidents were 1 term and both Democratic Presidents 2 term. And 2 of 3 Republican Presidents were bogus Electoral College elected by a MINORITY of the voters. I’d say the Electorate were Right On (except W’s 2nd term).

HappySeller2014

I am in the 50% that is trying to figure out how the terms LGBTQIA2+ affirming, gender and intimacy, ambush and Zoom all made it into the same FNP article discussing Frederick City politics.

Not sure if that makes me dumb, stupid, pathetic or just confused.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@phy

I forgot about the actual electorate vote that counts, but not in the Presidential race, the popular vote...so based on the popular vote the electorate is not made of up of pathetic people or dumb people, We the People are actually pretty intelligent, now if we could apply the popular vote to the Presidential race...we wouldn't be where we are now.

pdl603

Whats the big feal? If Joe can do it and gat away with it, then why not Roger? Come on man.

HappySeller2014

Did you mean feel or deal? [ohmy]

threecents

I don't know if Joe did it, but I know Trump did because he said he did and it is consistent with his public behavior over the decades. Either way, it is wrong.

phydeaux994

piddle, you sure don’t get much support here on the Forum. Even bosco is backing off and DM (not CD) has vanished. We are seeing the last breaths of the BTT(BullyTagTeam).

bosco

It's not about support, Fido, it's an OPINION forum as you so succinctly stated a few months ago. It's the LLBTT that thrives on support.

BTW, I'm not backing off. I'm just waiting for Quid Pro Joe and his 100 day plan to fix everything. He is due the same respect that any president can expect from the opposition.

The next one to four years are going to be quite a trip.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@stimpy

If your past posts are any indication of how you plan to “ bring it” I’m going to have me some fun with you over the next four years.

C.D.Reid

I've "vanished," fido? Where oh where did I go, huh? Maybe you should do what you love to do so much, and look up my comments history before claiming that I've "vanished." That senility is catching up to more and more every day, isn't it?

FrederickFan

What an absolute mess! The MacShane's have no concept of "justice". Justice is not accomplished through a Facebook post or an invitation to a private meeting. This is embarrassing to the entire City.

Dwasserba

I'm ok wiith a private meeting. I question everything else up to this point.

HappySeller2014

How intimate of a meeting, Dwass? That is the $64K question here.

KellyAlzan

”“Women coming together for healing and collective action has always been threatening to men who abuse their power, and it seems that this is no exception,” she wrote in a statement to the News-Post.”

Excuse me? You wanna bring up abuse of power? Really?? Miss psychotherapist, you’re that hypocritical???

Piedmontgardener

Please excuse the typo below "MacShane" is the proper spelling.

Piedmontgardener

Regardless of whether the allegations have merit, the McShane political timeframe needs to be retired. Private Zoom calls on matters involving public figures? Last time I checked, we had courts, rather than self elected judges with personal stakes in matters that would require recusals handling such things. Ugly, and clearly interested in advancing personal agendas.

Dwasserba

I think it never should have been public until it was established what the accusations are and what's credible. MacShane made a mistake. Women approached him. Men like to fix things (sorry if generalizing offends anyone). Nefarious intent? Yeah I dunno.

threecents

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