Last November, some of us women lamented an all-male City Council in Puyallup, the first such council since 1962. Now it seems that our warnings have come to an ugly fruition: The mayor, Rick Hansen, is dealing with the fallout of groping a city employee.
The Puyallup City Council does not just look like it did in 1962; it now acts like it did 1962.
Hansen has undergone expensive sensitivity training, and he has taken the chastisement of the city manager. But more is needed. The mayor’s indiscretion is an embarrassment to Puyallup and a shame to women. He ought to resign, and the council – if its members can get out of their “Mad Men” mindset — ought to help him out.