Ethics

Kansas Senate Ethics Chairman Can’t Control His Eyes or His Boner, Blames Women

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The chairman of the Kansas Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, Mitch Holmes (R), is apparently unable to control his wandering eyes and, to that end, he has instituted a special dress code for women who testify before the committee.

Under the new dress code, women will not be allowed to wear low-cut necklines or short skirts but no specific lengths have been given.

“It’s one of those things that’s hard to define,” Holmes said. “Put it out there and let people know we’re really looking for you to be addressing the issue rather than trying to distract or bring eyes to yourself.”

Holmes said he considered requiring men to wear suits and ties during testimony but decided males didn’t need any guidance. He expects lobbyists to understand the rules when interacting with his committee, although he acknowledged infrequent visitors to the Statehouse might be unaware.

Eyeroll

I highly doubt any women testifying in front of the goddamn Ethics Committee are looking to draw the male gaze of Chairman Holmes, a 53-year old conservative white asshole.

Even if that were the case, this can only be taken as Mitch Holmes declaring that he, the chairman of the Ethics Committee, is unable to control himself.

I don't know if Mitch Holmes is a married man, but if he is this should be taken as a sign that he is easily distracted by almost every woman in public who is not bound by his dress code.

There isn't enough shame in the world today for this guy.

  • Jado

    “There isn’t enough shame in the world today for this guy.”

    Silly. This guy doesn’t ever feel shame…

  • Back in 1993 when I was a probation officer (I was young and still pretty enough to attract attention) I had a male judge say in open court that women should be wearing skirts when they come into his court. I had a habit of wearing dress pants and a blouse because I would spend the rest of the day in the field going to probationer’s homes–a pretty dangerous thing to do by oneself. I kept thinking if something happened I wouldn’t be alble to run or do anything in a skirt and high heels. After that day, every time I went to court for that particular judge I wore a jacket and a tie. The first time I did I got an eye roll from the judge but he never said anything again (at least not while I was in the room). Chairman Holmes and his ilk just need to hurry up and die off.

  • fedupmd

    Women(only good looking ones and between 18 and 30) should be allowed to testify naked or at least topless at all events. I love being progressive!!!!

  • Bob Smetters

    And we should not let our daughters date vets because of Obama. Sarah has pointed out that it could be dangerous to date vets.

  • muselet

    Clearly, Mitch Holmes is a thirteen-year-old boy with raging hormones. Just as clearly, such a thirteen-year-old should not be trusted with a task as important as chairing the Kansas Senate Ethics and Elections Committee. Someone should call his mother so she can pull him out of the Senate until he learns how to control himself.

    I was going to make a joke about Mitch Holmes, a photo of Kim Davis and a bottle of hand lotion, but decided against it (you’re welcome).

    –alopecia

  • gescove

    Another Republican Taliban who wants to mandate that women wear burquas.

    • Georgie

      Perfection.

  • Nefercat

    “…he considered requiring men to wear suits and ties during testimony but decided males didn’t need any guidance.”
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    Really? Because I can think of one guy who needs guidance in how not to be a pervy leering asshole.

    His ilk are always going on about “personal responsibility”, so how about he takes personal responsibility for controlling himself and not sticking his tongue down ladies’ cleavage when they appear in his presence shamelessly bearing their perky boobies and silky smooth thighs instead of leaving them at home where they can’t lead innocent lambs like Senator Holmes (R-evolting) astray.

    • Christopher Foxx

      so how about he takes personal responsibility for controlling himself and not sticking his tongue down ladies’ cleavage when they appear in his presence shamelessly bearing their perky boobies

      He should indeed take responsibility for his ogling cleavage. Just as the women who choose wear cleavage displaying clothing should stop acting shocked, shocked! and offended that people then notice.

      • Christopher, this isn’t about women being slutty. It’s about this politician trying to establish a policy for women that isn’t the same for men. Read my story above. I have always worked in male dominated industries and I have always dressed conservatively even though when I was younger I was quite the looker (not bragging just being honest) and I CONSTANTLY was told I should wear prettier things, show off my assets more by men in professional situations. And if I dressed nicer well then I couldn’t get the guys to leave me alone. Damned if I did, damned if I didn’t. Currently I dress like a bum for work. I sit and code all day long for a small company who doesn’t care what I wear and comfort is paramount to me. But even now, if I dress up the guys all have to say something to me. “Boy you clean up nice.” or “You look pretty today” or “Why don’t you dress up more often.” And sometimes they have the nerve to comment on my appearance if I’m bummy–like if I wear a baseball hat or come in with my hair still wet. As if I give a crap what they think. I’m not their eye candy. If I dress up or dress sexy I don’t want to be noticed by them. If I dress like a bum I don’t want to be noticed by them. I NEVER EVER say anything to them about their appearance, positive or negative because it’s not my job to enforce a dress code and it’s terribly unprofessional. There is a serious double standard in this country about women and how we dress and it’s a major pain in the ass. Establish a single dress code and apply it fairly. Otherwise, just leave women the hell alone. Is it really that difficult to understand and do?

        • Christopher Foxx

          There is a serious double standard in this country about women and how we dress and it’s a major pain in the ass.

          Grrrl, I don’t disagree. I was just noting that there are women who dress to draw attention and then act offended when attention is drawn.

          In a similar vein, there are men who do not act in appropriately toward women but get painted with the same “all men can’t control themselves” brush.