“As the Stomach Turns.”
This comes as no surprise. Louis Bruni and Frank Sciarraffa fighting in court again. Well, not technically, since it’s only Bruni’s MONEY that’s in court with the Precinct One Commissioner. Again.
Today, the newspaper reported that Sciarraffa’s former administrative assistant, Sara Jo Davila, had filed suit alleging sexual harassment against her employer (AND WEBB COUNTY) while she worked for him in the County Courthouse and then again after he got her a job as director of the La Presa Community Center.
She claimed Big Frank forced her to “perform” oral sex at least once a week for a number of years and that she couldn’t say no because she was afraid she’d lose her job, benefits and eligibility for county retirement.
This went on for YEARS? Holy moly, Lizard fans! You have to believe that somebody got a whiff of things during that time and would have blown the whistle. But nope, this dirty little story came out just in time for “Patron v. Peon II, the Scuffle for the South.”
Davila had filed a complaint with the civil service commission and EEOC … civil service wouldn’t touch it and EEOC flushed it.
Wonder what Rush Limbaugh would have to say about this situation? I think he’d probably call Bruni the “s” – word.
Wonder what Rush would say if he knew that Davila’s decision to meet Sciarraffa’s advances head-on was sponsored entirely by former nightcrawler, Louis H. Bruni; the man who singlehandedly financed Sciarraffa’s first campaign for County Commissioner and then sued Sciarraffa for his money back after getting pounded by EVERYBODY during his own re-election campaign and who is now challenging Sciarraffa in Precinct One?
THAT’S A MOUTHFUL … but then again, that’s what this story is all about, right? Apologies, gentle readers, but this entire episode is being blown way out of proportion, and considering the reputations of the parties involved, it BEGS for ridicule.
Without sinking any deeper into the sewer, we should focus on the REAL issue here. It’s not whether Davila served as Sciarraffa’s chief of staff. She admitted she did it. Did Sciarraffa threaten to fire her if she didn’t? Possibly. That’s for the court to decide, even though two previous attempts to gain relief through a sexual harassment complaint were unsuccessful. Was she forced to do it every week for year after year? Again, the story smells fishy. Naming Webb County in the suit? That’s a no brainer; like the three involved in this sleazy story – Bruni wants his money back. Sciarraffa doesn’t have any. Webb County is an easy mark. LET THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THIS mess! Wouldn’t be the first time.
But the real story here is how Mary Jo Davila was victimized by Louis Bruni by pushing (and allegedly PAYING) her to publicly air her dirty laundry, ruin her good name and forever wear the scarlet letter. (You’ve got to wonder how much she’ll get out of the settlement)
Will it ruin Sciarraffa’s chances for re-election? Probably not.