The second problem that took place for Brian Solomon was that he again sought a seat on the Madison City Council after news broke that he allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted an assistant city clerk.
The first problem for Solomon was the clearly wrong and misguided way he conducted himself on the night with Elena Berg.
I have always felt that Elena Berg was telling the truth, and that the only thing that matters is on the night in question if she said no to sexual relations, and at any point wanted romantic pursuits to end. There are words to describe men who fail to understand that fact.
The Dane County District Attorney’s Office said it believed Berg, and that only underscores my gut feeling over this matter.
For most people Solomon’s attempt to stay in public office flies in the face of decency and good-taste. While the sexual assault matter is a legal one, the fact Solomon sought re-election after the incident is a rather perplexing matter for most to ponder. For me it is an ethical lapse and one of extreme poor judgement from one who wants to set city policy and create ordinances for the rest to follow.
While we live at a time when it seems that almost anything goes and is allowed, there are still times when we need to pull back and review what is up and down, black and white, proper and improper.
Therefore I was very pleased to read that a growing number of elected members of the Madison City Council are willing to address the lack of ethics and sound judgment of Brain Solomon. I only wish it had come at a faster pace. But like me perhaps they too were waiting for Solomon to take the correct action himself.
If Brian Solomon will not resign, then the council needs to find a remedy. I strongly suspect they do find a way forward.
A group of Madison City Council and Dane County Board members want Ald. Brian Solomon to resign over allegations he sexually harassed and assaulted an assistant city clerk.
In a two-page letter, released to the State Journal Wednesday night, six City Council and a County Board member said they believe Solomon acted inappropriately, abused his position, broke the law, showed no remorse and should resign immediately.
The letter cites three major concerns — Solomon’s following Berg into a bathroom at the Bayou and denying it despite eyewitness accounts; his claim Berg no longer was intoxicated when they arrived at her home early April 14; and “harassing” emails he sent her during a marathon council meeting on Dec. 15-16, 2009.
Given eyewitness accounts and the emails, Solomon’s personal statements about events are “both disturbing and disingenuous,” the letter states.