Already, liberal bloggers are dismissing all this as merely part of the Republican effort to demonize Williams for his betrayal of the party. Sean Braisted writes, "It appears the knives are coming out from the House GOP caucus in regards to Speaker Williams." And Southern Beale comments, "They eat their own. Utterly predictable. Let's throw the most salacious and reprehensible allegations we can find at the hated Republican traitor."
But there's no evidence this is part of any Republican smear campaign. It looks like Post Politics' Adam Kleinheider went after this memo on his own initiative. The memo wasn't leaked. Kleinheider says he made an open records request for it. The existence of the complaint, but not the details of it, has been common knowledge at the Capitol. Kudos to Kleinheider for getting to the bottom of it.
Williams apparently is right about one thing: He was never reprimanded for his behavior. Bloggers (and the rest of the state's media) should ask how Williams got away with this. Why was an apology and a promise not to harass again all that was required of him? Even if Lynn wanted the matter handled privately, as she says she did, the complaint could have been made public, with the names of the victims kept confidential. Then voters could judge for themselves. Lawmakers of both parties are notorious for sexually harassing female colleagues, lobbyists, secretaries and staffers. It's despicible. As long as there are no repercussions, it won't ever stop.