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    Friday, October 07, 2005

    Conflicts of Consent

    Spokane's Mayor James West's likely facing a recall. Why?

    The newspaper also set up a "sting" operation in which they had a computer consultant pose as a teenage boy on a Web site. West subsequently admitted he had sought a date with what he thought was an 18-year-old high school student.

    The news prompted Shannon Sullivan, a single, unemployed mother, and other volunteers to collect the more than 17,000 signatures needed to force a recall election.

    The Spokane County elections supervisor certified the signatures on Friday, paving the way for a recall ballot on December 6.

    West, who was elected Spokane mayor in 2003 and has also served as a Republican leader in the state legislature, has supported bills limiting the ability of homosexuals to work in state jobs in which they would have contact with children.


    Yes, it does say 18. 18. You know, the age of consent. Apparently it is still possible to lose one's job over meeting a potential date on the internet, even if both persons are consenting adults.

    But Reuters does not stress the fact that this person was posing as a consenting adult. Instead they stress the fact that West supported anti-gay legislation. But not just any anti-gay legislation, the kind that keeps the scary gay child molesters any from poor, innocent, cute, little children. Like those poor, innocent, cute, little children Mayor West was trolling for online. Right?

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