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Sex and the Speed Bumps


A Florida mayor allegedly offered a constituent speed bumps in exchange for sex. The Florida Commission on Ethics announced last week it found probable cause that David Stewart, mayor of Lantana since 2000, violated state statutes in the case by “misus[ing] his position to attempt to obtain a sexual benefit for himself” and “solicit[ing] sex from a constituent based on an understanding his vote, official action, or judgment would be influenced.” He can now decide whether to settle the case or go before an administrative law judge for a hearing to decide whether he violated the statutes, the Palm Beach Post reports. . The case started when Catherine Padilla, who became friendly with Stewart years ago through the Kiwanis Club, filed an ethics complaint against the mayor in January.

Padilla, who had been petitioning the town for speed bumps in her neighborhood after seeing animals and a child hit by cars on her street, per the Washington Post, said that three years prior, Stewart took her to lunch, then drove her to a motel and asked to “occupy” a room with her. She says he told her he’d “make sure” the neighborhood got the speed bumps if she had sex with him.


12 Comments on Sex and the Speed Bumps

  1. Why is something that ostensibly happened in 2015 only being raised now?

    There should be a one-year statute of limitation on reporting stuff like this, counting from date of the last “abusive” event or direct fallout from it. What was she waiting for? To use the threat of reporting it as blackmail to get some other ordinance she wanted?

    That potential for blackmail leverage to settle or obtain other benefit in a civil matter is why lawyers are ethically prohibited from threatening to report criminal or ethical misconduct rather than just doing so. Time to extend this rule to people who are lobbying.

  2. The city of Cheney, Wash. where Eastern Wash. University is located once had a notorious speed bump just as you were coming into town where the speed limit dropped abruptly to 25 mph. One winter the snow plow driver forgot that there was a speed bump there and tore up a great big gash in the street because his now plow was set too low. The speed bump is still there but they never tore up the street like that again.

  3. There’s a sign not too far from me that says, SPEED HUMP. Everytime I see it I think, “Is that a command?”


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