It has been more than a week since Alderman Ben MacShane's astonishing accusation against Alderman Roger Wilson. What is surprising is that the following week brought public pledges of future investigation and suggestions that new policy and legislation are needed.

But facts? Reasons why a day after Christmas Facebook post was MacShane's only outlet for such serious allegations? MacShane seems eager now to put new policy/legislation front and center, but is still mute on specifics, and no complainant has come forward. This is fairness? Meanwhile, Wilson is left to twist in the wind.

As the circles of damage spread, MacShane's reputation is also in tatters, and indeed, the future legal rights of the complainants (assuming they exist) are likely being compromised.

Any investigation that occurs should, it seems to me, include an investigation of why MacShane has acted as he has. Indeed, in the absence of any compelling documented complaints, why not investigate ALL the aldermen for violations of the type levied so far at just one?

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MacSHAME. MacSHAME, everybody knows your name!!!


I believe one thing is clear. Alderman McShane executed a hatchet-job on Alderman Wilson. A Facebook post had to be the worst option. I believe McShane is untrustworthy and was merely ambushing and attempting to cripple a rival. Bob Lewis


I think I read there is no set process for complainants to follow, so they approached MacShane, who took up their cause for any number of possible well-intended reasons, then he made a mistake in how he presented the allegations and where he presented them, so the women have no reason to feel secure in revealing themselves or their specific allegations and remain anonymous and so, here we are. We don't know nuthin'.


There are lots of established processes for complainants. First complain to the harasser. Second if it rises to the level of improper behavior then complain to the City Ethics Commission. If there is coercion or fraud then it's criminal and you go to the police. Or to the Mayor or an Alderman. The mistake here was Alderman MacShane's in going public with wild yet vague accusations against a fellow alderman -- a gross injustice and act of disrespect to Ald Wilson and no help to the allegedly harassed complainants. The problem here was foolish handling of the complaints by Ald MacShane, not any lack of process for dealing with complaints.


I agree with all of Peter Samuel's comments and believe there are even more appropriate avenues to progress justice, grievances and complaints and can do so in an appropriate way.


Trial by Facebook, doesn't work for me !!


I suggest everyone stop drawing any conclusions about any of the participants until there is evidence one way or the other. Patience.


Three - right again. We need facts, not charges, conclusions and demands to resign.


Not right. It is wholly inappropriate to make incendiary accusations via Facebook. Doubly so as an elected representative of the people. This whole thing reeks of a sordid TMZ scandal. Which is what those who initiated it wanted. I’m all for facts, but methods matter too.

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