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Did a Democrat Candidate Harass a Democrat Woman in Toledo?

Posted on | September 13, 2015 | 38 Comments

This is a genuinely strange story:

A woman has gone to Facebook to accuse former Mayor Mike Bell of inappropriately touching her at a Toledo bar Friday night, allegations Mr. Bell denies.
Allison Dow, 29, of Toledo’s Old West End, said Mr. Bell made an unwelcome sexual comment and touched her buttocks late Friday at Wesley’s Bar & Grill on Adams Street in downtown Toledo.
Ms. Dow put her outraged reaction on Facebook, calling Mr. Bell, 60, “a perverted old man.”
Mr. Bell, who is running for mayor again, on Tuesday denied the allegations, suggesting a political motive.
Ms. Dow is a former office manager for the Lucas County Democratic Party, which has endorsed Paula Hicks-Hudson for the job Mr. Bell is seeking.
“I was standing at the bar ordering a drink and someone came up behind me and put his hand on my lower back and whispers, ‘If you stand up on your tiptoes in that dress, me and my friends will pass out,’ and he lowered his hand to my butt,” Ms. Dow told The Blade Tuesday.
“He pulled that same move with several other people at that bar,” she said.

You can read the whole thing. Apparently, nobody believes Ms. Dow is a victim of anything. Ms. Bell is a bachelor with something of a reputation as a ladies’ man, and Ms. Dow . . .

Well, as an undergraduate at the University of Toledo, Ms. Dow was active in “Spectrum,” a gay student organization.

So, a Democrat guy in a bar allegedly makes a pass at a Democrat girl who just isn’t into Democrat guys. Or any other guys.

Not much of a scandal, really. Mr. Bell denies everything, but even if it were true, so what? Is it against the law in Toledo for guys in bars to behave the way guys behave in bars? Is this an issue in the Toledo mayoral campaign?

Put it this way: If it’s a career-destroying scandal for a Democrat to make “an unwelcome sexual comment” to a woman, maybe we should discuss the career of Hillary Clinton’s husband.

Juanita Broaddrick could not be reached for comment.



38 Responses to “Did a Democrat Candidate Harass a Democrat Woman in Toledo?”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 13th, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

    Ohio Democrats are usually strange.

  2. DeadMessenger
    September 13th, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    Like lesbian wedding cake so-called “victims”, perhaps Ms. Dow smells a payday, and there were no known Christians in the bar that night.

  3. Steve Skubinna
    September 13th, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

    Oh, a Democrat candidate? Okay, obviously this is a product of the right wing smear machine then. Maybe the NYT is behind it.

  4. Neo
    September 14th, 2015 @ 12:38 am

    What other Democrats are saying …

    “If there are 10 people who have been accused, and under a reasonable likelihood standard maybe one or two did it, it seems better to get rid of all 10 people,” Polis said. “We’re not talking about depriving them of life or liberty, we’re talking about them being transferred to another …”

    This could work for politicians too

  5. WarEagle82
    September 14th, 2015 @ 5:33 am

    Well, in most places, I think this would be considered assault, or in this case, “ASSaualt.”

    On any college campus, this would be RAPE and Mike Bell would already be suspended and out of the dorms.

    But, he is a Democrat so rules don’t apply….

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  7. Southern Air Pirate
    September 14th, 2015 @ 6:37 am

    Has happened before
    And will have defenders until and even after he goes to jail. There was someone here that wrote an awesome essay about the feminist male was not to be trusted because they were the quintessential wolf in sheepskin. I just wish I could have found it.

  8. Quartermaster
    September 14th, 2015 @ 6:43 am

    So are Ohio Republicans.

  9. Quartermaster
    September 14th, 2015 @ 6:44 am

    He wouldn’t stand a chance in a Dim race without something like this on his resume.

  10. CrustyB
    September 14th, 2015 @ 7:29 am

    I’m confused. Democrats aren’t capable of sexual harassment or lying, so I’m going to lay down on my couch and cry that the universe just doesn’t make sense anymore.

  11. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 14th, 2015 @ 8:40 am
  12. Ilion
    September 14th, 2015 @ 9:32 am

    Everyone’s Democrats are strange.

  13. Art Deco
    September 14th, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    Allison Dow is pleasant looking enough, but nobody’s going to pass out at the sight of her. Sounds like a fantasy (unless Mr. Bell and some of his friends were seriously blotto, which is unbecoming in a man of 60 and would raise questions about his suitability).

  14. texlovera
    September 14th, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    You made me LOL, ya know…

  15. Art Deco
    September 14th, 2015 @ 10:55 am

    So, a Democrat guy in a bar allegedly makes a pass at a Democrat girl who just isn’t into Democrat guys. Or any other guys.

    From the article you link to from 2007, it would appear she was associated with some PFLAG-like project sponsored by the campus gay club and not necessarily a member of the gay club as well (and, that aside, abiding homosexuality is atypical among women). Everyone’s got their own personal style, but looking at her (and recalling she was wearing a dress at the bar in question) I would not put money on the proposition she’s a lesbian in any unadulterated and uncomplicated way.

  16. Art Deco
    September 14th, 2015 @ 10:58 am

    The description of Mayor Bell makes him sound like a character who might have been dreamed up and played by Redd Foxx. The long-divorced Harold Washington supposedly stashed a mess of one-time girlfriends in city jobs. You figure Mayor Bell did the same?

  17. BFreeto
    September 14th, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

    It’s pretty clear that she has a feminist agenda and that her story is bunk. She claims that she saw Bell harass or accost 10 women. NOBODY has come forth to substantiate that claim. She took some photos which she claims showed Bell harassing women. In the two separate photos, the women were identified and both said they were friends of Bell and he did nothing wrong (so much for that smoking gun, Allison).

    There was a DIFFERENT black man at the bar that night who WAS bounced by the staff for harassing women. He was said to be roughly the same age and height/build as Bell. The bar owner has reiterated quite clearly that none of the staff saw Bell doing anything untoward and there were no complaints from patrons.

    Allison first claimed that Bell said, “‘if you stand up on your tiptoes in that dress me and my friends will pass out.” She is now claiming that he said he said he wanted to “see up her dress.”

    As for the agenda, she has somehow duped the bar owner into participating in fundraising for the YWCA and spreading awareness on harassment. The Toledo Blade plans to do a big story. Here is what one of the reporters had to say about the project:
    “There is a larger conversation that we desperately need to have about how women are talked to and treated. Nolan Rosenkrans and I are going to work on a story about that very such thing. I have a good feeling about this and I hope it does well for our community. Ladies, for my part, I need to talk to you. If you’re willing to be an on-the-record source who will tell me about your experiences in bars or, in general, public places, give me a call.
    Men, Nolan is looking to talk to you about “how men talk to and treat women, and how men often react when claims of harassment are made.” So if you’d like to weigh-in with him, please do.”

    Here are some other comments from Allison Dow’s FB:

    “People just don’t want to talk about how this happens every single day.” [really? every single day?]

    “But at least I got the conversation started! At least for now, you can’t get away with this kind of behavior towards women here.”

    “Right? Touching me and telling me you and your friends want to see up my dress is scary. It is not ok, it’s harrassment and it happens daily!” [again, daily?]

    “If you told your daughter, sister, or friend this week that she should speak up loudly if anyone is ever harrassing her, then we are finally getting somewhere.”

    “Hey, at least we got the conversation going.”

    Does any of the above sound familiar to readers of this website? Just as we have seen with false rape accusations and the lies about an alleged “Rape Culture,” what we see here is the false narrative of systemic and pervasive harassment and molestation of women. And of course, we must get the conversation going.

    There’s a good chance Allison Dow encounterd the OTHER guy was WAS bounced out of the bar. But complaining about some loser isn’t newsworthy and won’t help to promote the agenda. But Mike Bell, the former major who is currently running again for mayor was conveniently there to serve as scapegoat, and just the ticket to Allison’s rise to feminist stardom.

    Welcome to the new agenda: the “grope culture.”

  18. Dana
    September 14th, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

    I just can’t tell you how very much this upsets me.

  19. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 14th, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

  20. Dana
    September 14th, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

    Perhaps Mr Bell put out this story himself, just to let the voters know that he’s a normal man.

  21. CaptDMO
    September 14th, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

    So, a democrat and a lesbian walk into a bar…
    and the mixologist says:
    1. Social Justice Warriors ALWAYS lie
    2. Social Justice Warriors ALWAYS double down
    3. Social Justice Warriors ALWAYS project.
    Sorry, that’s it. There’s no “joke”.

  22. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 14th, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

    Okay, this story warrants a joke:

    A man walks into an Ohio bar and as he approaches the barman and asks for a whiskey and coke.

    “Take this apple.”

    “I don’t want an apple. I want a JD and coke.”

    “Trust me, try the apple.”

    The man takes a bite, and exclaims “Christ! This tastes like Jack Daniels!”

    “Yup. Turn it around.”

    “Wow!” He says after taking a bite from the other side of the apple, “This side tastes like coke!”

    Before the man can ask the barman to explain the apple’s mysteries, another patron walks in.

    “Vodka and tonic please”

    “Here’s an apple.”

    “I don’t want a fuckin’ apple mate, I want a…”

    “Trust me, try the man’s apple. They’re incredible!” Interrupts the first customer.

    He takes the apple and begrudgingly takes a large bite and starts spluttering; “This tastes like neat vodka!”

    Both the barman and the first customer yell “Turn it around!” in unison. The man obliges and exclaims “Wow! This tastes like tonic water. These apples are fantastic!”

    A Democrat man saunter’s up to the bar; “Pint of IPA please.”

    “Hold on!” Says the second customer. “This guy has an apple in any flavour you want, it’s incredible!”

    “Any flavour?” Asks the third man.

    “Any flavour you want sir.” Say the barman.

    “In that case,” the Democrat man says, “Gimme an apple that tastes like pussy!”

    “Um.. alright” says the barman as he hands him an apple.

    The man takes a bite and immediately spits everything onto the bar.

    “EEErrrughcchh!!! This apple tastes like shit!!”


  23. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 14th, 2015 @ 3:10 pm

    I got a joke for you below…

  24. Art Deco
    September 14th, 2015 @ 3:22 pm

    If a public figure is at a bar as a campaign event, it’s difficult to believe it’s mistaken identity on her part. She’s not some random local, she’s been active in and employed by the Democratic Party.

  25. Fail Burton
    September 14th, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    Never fondle the buttocks of a lesbian, boys. The returns diminish faster than Han Solo did that Kessel run thingy… or whatever it was.

  26. Matthew W
    September 14th, 2015 @ 6:24 pm

    “Joan, you make me moan!!”

  27. Mike G.
    September 14th, 2015 @ 6:44 pm

    Okay, now that was funny, I don’t care who you are.

  28. Joe Guelph
    September 14th, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    Irony alert: that song was originally recorded by convicted child-molester Gary Glitter.

  29. Joe Guelph
    September 14th, 2015 @ 7:18 pm

    Reminds me of another joke:
    An American and a Frenchman are at a marketing convention, and discussing their latest projects.
    The American said, “I’m working on a great campaign now. Our client has created a douche that makes *pussy* taste like *orange*!”
    The Frenchman laughs uproariously, and then says, “Ah, you Americans are so *naif*! You need to make a douche that makes *ze orange* taste like *ze pussy*!”

  30. Robert What?
    September 14th, 2015 @ 7:45 pm

    Just remember the rule and you’ll be fine: it’s not harassment if it’s done by a Liberal Democrat.

  31. BFreeto
    September 14th, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

    I wasn’t suggesting that her completely uncorroborated and unsubstantiated accusions are a matter of mistaken identity–quite the contrary.

  32. BFreeto
    September 14th, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

    It’s also not harassment when it never happened.

  33. Robert What?
    September 14th, 2015 @ 8:29 pm

    Ah, how naive you are.

  34. Durasim
    September 14th, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

    On another note, Breitbart finally came out with that article about “Sarah” Nyberg’s pedophilia chats.

    As expected, all the online progressive commentariat are circling the wagons.

  35. Grandson Of TheGrumpus
    September 14th, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

    BFreeto, After reading her quotes, I’m fairly certain you’ve pinned it! This smells more than a mackerel after a week in the hot Utah sun!

    The worst of it is that I noticed I feel of an urge to jump tp the woman’s defense b/c too many times it has been phony.

    And I know I’m not alone in feeling ttat way.

    It would be different if I saw a woman ii trouble, but I’m very disinclined to take a strange (Democrat) woman’s word, even if she said that the sky’s blue.

  36. Finrod Felagund
    September 14th, 2015 @ 9:06 pm

    “Well, I’m all broken up about that man’s rights.”

  37. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 14th, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

    Eeeewwww! I knew he did the stadium riff that the NFL had to abandon, but I did not know he did this too (I always assumed Joan wrote it)

  38. Ilion
    September 15th, 2015 @ 7:41 am

    That looks like a RINO to me, not a Republican.