I guess this is the type of egotistical and flippant response that is in order when accused with the rather serious charge of sexual harassment. Apparently, this is why we are supposed to believe that the allegations must be unfounded.
Just change the focus.
Then get out of Dodge for an “extended 30-day vacation.”
According to a report by the Chicago Sun Times, mayoral chief of staff Ray Orozco, a former fire commissioner himself, was described as livid about Brooks’ remarks. That leaves me wondering how the normally animated Mayor Richard Daley must have reacted.
When the mayor was repeatedly asked last week if Brooks still enjoys his confidence, Daley refused each time to say “yes”.
Again, methinks Brooks is bestowed with enough confidence already.
From the exclusive report by staff reporters Fran Spielman and Frank Main, a payroll auditor for the Fire Department, Deidre Green, claims Brooks told her he “desired her in a sexual manner” and wanted to see her breasts, Green said. She claims that Brooks called her repeatedly and moved to lay her off when she refused his advances.
“He told me he liked me and to call him back, which I did,” she said.
But she said she didn’t like his attitude in later calls.
“He would say, ‘I am a breast man. I want a wild woman,’ ” Green claimed. “I said, ‘I don’t like this picture.’ He felt I was subordinate to him.”
If Brooks intended to help her professionally, he didn’t need to do it in late-night calls on his personal phone, Green said.
“Why would we talk at 11 o’clock at night? Why would I have his personal number? When things didn’t go his way, he got upset with me,” she said.
Green said they spoke a few more times on the phone before she confronted Brooks in the office, saying she heard he had a girlfriend.
“He said, ‘I saved your job.’ He said, ‘They want to get rid of you. I can hire you, and I can fire you, and you can sue to get your job back.’ “
The calls ended in October 2008, Green said, but she claims Brooks continued walking past her desk and making harassing comments.
As if that weren’t enough, also in hot water is the Commissioner of the Office of Compliance, Anthony Boswell, who is already serving a 30-day suspension for allegedly mishandling an intern’s sexual harassment claim against a 911 Center deputy. Boswell denies his guilt and is appealing the suspension.
Boswell, a friend of Brooks, is also accused by an unidentified source of trying to spike the investigation of Green’s claims, according to the Sun Times.
Methinks the self-professed well-endowed and God-blessed Brooks will have plenty of opportunity to fend off the women once the investigation by the city’s Office of Compliance has been completed and he finds his calendar wide open, unencumbered by the suffocation of the time constraints of any continued duties as fire commissioner.