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US Michigan senator criticized for telling reporter a group of high school boys could have ‘fun’ with her

20:06  15 january  2020
20:06  15 january  2020 Source:   mlive.com

Michigan senator to female reporter: High school boys could 'have a lot of fun' with you

  Michigan senator to female reporter: High school boys could 'have a lot of fun' with you Sen. Peter Lucido made the comments while surrounded by a group of male high school students from De La Salle Collegiate in Warren. "You’ve heard of De La Salle, right?” the Michigan Advance quoted Lucido as asking reporter Allison Donahue.Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.When Donahue said she had not, Lucido said: “It’s an all boys’ school,” adding: “You should hang around! You could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you.”The students then burst into laughter, the online publication reported.

Michigan Sen. Pete Lucido, R-Shelby Township, is facing criticism after telling a female Michigan Advance reporter a group of high school boys “could have a lot of fun” with her when he was approached for an interview.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Michigan State Sen. Pete Lucido, R-Shelby Twp., in an MLive file photo.© Lauren Gibbons | lgibbon2@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS Michigan State Sen. Pete Lucido, R-Shelby Twp., in an MLive file photo.

In a first-person account, Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue wrote that she was seeking comment from Lucido on a Detroit Metro Times report regarding his involvement in a now-deleted Facebook group.

Lucido was with a group of students from De La Salle Collegiate, a Catholic high school in Warren, Donahue wrote, so he said he would respond after he was finished with them - but not before telling her it was an all boys’ school and adding, “You should hang around! You could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you.”

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Lucido, a first-term state senator and attorney who previously served in the Michigan State House, notes on his website that he graduated from De La Salle Collegiate in 1978.

In a brief statement issued Thursday morning, Lucido did not dispute the comments: “I apologize for the misunderstanding yesterday and for offending Allison Donahue.”

Lucido did not speak with reporters following Senate session, and Lucido’s office confirmed the statement were the extent of his comments on the matter.

He’d previously told the Detroit Free Press that he was “not talking about anything sexual,” adding that the comments were “blown out of proportion.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, told reporters he was taking the matter seriously and planned to “have a very intense and lengthy private conversation” with Lucido following Senate session.

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He did not elaborate on any possible sanctions, but noted the comments as reported were “very unacceptable.”

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, went further, calling the comments “disgusting" and implying it’s part of a pattern from Lucido. He was especially critical of Lucido’s statement following the report.

“His apology was basically saying, ‘I’m sorry you realize I’m a jerk, and I’m a creep,’” Ananich said.

“This is not how leaders in the state, whether they’re men or women - they don’t act like this. This is a coward’s act,” he continued.

In a statement, House Democratic Leader Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills, commended Donahue for writing about the incident and said the situation is “a testament to the changing times.”

“Sen. Lucido purposefully generates this kind of controversy because it makes him feel important, and helps stave off his waning relevancy in a society where women and people of color are breaking down barriers and claiming their rightful seat at the table," she said. “Humiliating women who represent a threat to you is a clich 1/4 u00e9 tactic to avoid responsibility for immaturity.”

Lucido’s statements also sparked an immediate backlash on social media, with other reporters, political observers and others criticizing the comments.

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