After at least nine people accused Rep. Don Shooter (R-AZ) of sexual assault, he took to the floor of the Arizona State Representatives Jan. 9 to give an "apology." The problem is, Shooter spent his apology questioning the legitimacy of his accusers, forcing crocodile tears, and still wanting to be his accusers “friend.”
He spent a chunk of his time on the floor taking himself out of the equation conspiring to push the thought that there may have been a malicious vendetta behind some of the accusations. The Arizona Rep stated that “a few complaints that were not true or were made for political or personal vendetta.”
Fellow Arizona Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who was there to hear his apology, was one of the first to file a sexual assault claim against him. “There was an incident where he came to my office during the day and asked about my chest. At a conference, he came to my room uninvited with a six-pack of beer. I never answered the door.” Ugenti-Rita told a local Arizona TV station. The claim involves Shooter trying to start a romantic relationship with Ugenti-Rita, and on another occasion making comments about her chest.
After Ugenti-Rita’s claims were made public, Shooter clapped back and accused Ugenti-Rita of having an affair with the House Speaker’s Chief of Staff. Ugenti-Rita and Shooter are both currently married.
What Shooter did not do much of during his spiel of pseudo-apologetic statements is put the blame on himself, where it belongs
It’s unclear what’ll happen next, but one can only hope that he’ll keep his strange hugs to himself and dismiss his career choice of being the next Adam Sandler.