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Florida Mayor Accused of Requesting Sex in Exchange for Speed Bumps

Humps for bumps?

Richard Graulich/ZUMA Press/NewscomRichard Graulich/ZUMA Press/NewscomDavid Stewart's tenure as mayor of Lantana, Florida, has hit a speed bump.

In 2015, Catherine Padilla asked the city government to install safety speed bumps after cars in her neighborhood hit a poodle, a cat, and a young girl. Padilla claims Stewart said he'd make sure the speed bumps were installed—if she had sex with him.

According to an ethics panel, there's "probable cause" to think she's telling the truth.

Padilla says that after having lunch with the mayor one day, he drove her to a local motel and said he wanted to "occupy" a room together, The Palm Beach Post reports.

"He pulled into this motel and got out of his van and I just kept motioning no, no I'm not interested," Padilla told WPTV in February.

She has also said that before the Lantana Town Council voted on the speed bumps, the mayor told her he'd make sure they were approved if she slept with him. Once more, she refused.

The council approved the speed bumps anyway, but Padilla says that Stewart threatened to have them removed.

In January of this year, Padilla filed a complaint about Stewart with the Florida Commission on Ethics. Stewart, who's been mayor of Lantana since 2000, has denied the allegations. "In the 18 years I've been mayor there has never been a quid pro quo or anything asked for or given in favor of me voting in a special or certain direction," he told WPTV in February.

Stewart says he didn't go to lunch with Padilla or drive her to a motel. But a local pastor, Michael DeBehnke, told the commission he saw the two at lunch together.

On October 24, the commission announced in a press release there was "probable cause" to believe Stewart acted inappropriately:

The Commission found probable cause to believe that Lantana Mayor DAVID STEWART misused his position to attempt to obtain a sexual benefit for himself. Probable cause also was found to believe he solicited sex from a constituent based on an understanding his vote, official action, or judgment would be influenced.

Stewart subsequently told the Palm Beach Post it would be "inappropriate to comment at this time."

Commission spokesperson Kerrie Stillman tells the Post that Stewart can either settle the case or go before an administrative law judge. If he chooses the second option and is found guilty, he could be fined, suspended, or kicked out of office.

Photo Credit: Richard Graulich/ZUMA Press/Newscom

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  • Jerryskids||

    Just at a glance, I'm guessing his defense is going to be that he was a helpless victim of the demon rum and it's certainly not his fault that he has a disease, a disease which makes him a protected class under the ADA by the way and therefore immune to this sort of shameful and outrageous victim-blaming.

  • Jerryskids||

    I am assuming of course that that's a picture of the mayor. If that's a picture of the woman accusing the mayor of improprieties, that's a whole 'nother kettle o' fish.

  • Shirley Knott||

    Why?

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Because he'd be doing her a favor? A really big favor?

  • Fancylad||

    SupercalifragilisticexpialiKinky

  • bevis the lumberjack||

    "Stewart subsequently told the Palm Beach Post it would be "inappropriate to comment at this time.""

    I'm thinking he might not be the best judge of what is or isn't appropriate.

  • Don't look at me!||

    You mean it's not normal to have to give sex in exchange for government services?
    Color me embarrassed.

  • Austen Heller||

    How many bumps are we talking about? The lower threshold for freebies in my hood is two; after that, it is all negotiable, right up to a Stop sign. Merge signs naturally are cost less.

  • DiegoF||

    Any politician who orders the installation of speedbumps--with or without a quid pro quo of sex, cash, or any other good or service--should be prosecuted and imprisoned.

  • Sevo||

    Humps for bumps? Did I get that right?

  • SQRLSY One||

    Humps will get you your bumps,
    If'n ye cast votes for the Trumps,
    Camel-humps and camel-toes,
    If'n ye kiss under the mistletoes,
    'Tis the season, here at Reason…
    (Bribery and thievery ain't treason!)
    … To follow the Trumpster,
    Right into the dumpster!

  • DiegoF||

    As soon as I saw the subheader, I was waiting for you to represent.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Addendum, amended, amen...

    Humps will get you your bumps,
    If'n ye cast votes for the Trumps,
    Camel-humps and camel-toes,
    If'n ye kiss under the mistletoes,
    'Tis the season, here at Reason…
    (Bribery and thievery ain't treason!)
    … To follow the Trumpster,
    Right into the dumpster!
    The public interest, we will back-stab,
    In one big giant pussy-grab!

  • Fancylad||

    Hill-dog brought all the tards to the yard,
    And they're like,
    She's better than Trump,
    Damn right, she's better than Trump,
    She'll preach it,
    Then overcharge

    She knows they want it,
    I-dee-ol-o-gee,
    What the left goes crazy for.
    They lose their minds,
    When she unwinds,
    I think its time

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    FINISH THE WINDS OF WINTER ALREADY!

  • yet another dave||

    No shit, now we know what's taking so long, hizzonah George RR is too busy installing humps

  • yet another dave||

    No doubt, it turns out hizzonah George RR is too busy installing humps

  • yet another dave||

    Shit, I thought squirrels stole my comment... I'll let myself out...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Yeah, they're putting in delays just to gaslight the commenters.

  • Eddy||

    I've found that obsessively refreshing, or re-opening the thread in a new window, is helpful.

    The equivalent of banging on a defective TV from the old days when the picture starts flipping.

    Either that, or wait until their IT staff gets more with-it.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    You know who else people initially found obsessively refreshing?

  • Eddy||

    Yo momma?

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Reason commenters wondering if their posts will eventually show up?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Here I am standing at your window again,
    waiting for you to say go away or come in.
    I'm your locked door's worst knocker. I'm your curtain's best friend.
    I'm trying hard to love you. You don't make it easy, babe.

  • Eddy||

    Well, that took a weirder turn that I expected.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    That's you to Reason. Just because Agile Cyborg isn't around anymore doesn't mean things can't be lyrical.

  • Eddy||

    "go before an administrative law judge"

    You mean a jury, right? Isn't there some sort of a convention by which accusations against people get judged by a panel of their peers?

  • Eddy||

    ...let's not even get started on how to obtain a zoning variance.

  • Austen Heller||

    He was asking for a speed hump, just a quickee.

  • lap83||

    In 2015, Catherine Padilla asked the city government to install safety speed bumps after cars in her neighborhood hit a poodle, a cat, and a young girl.

    And thinking about the poor dead pets and little girl didn't put her in the mood to get it on with a bloated, sleazy Santa impersonator? Incredible

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Ho ho ho? With me, you know?

    But she said no no no, not gonna git it on, with your floppy ole Santa bone.

  • Antilles||

    I've never understood how any guy can feel good about forcing a woman to have sex with him. It's like cheating to win a game. It's not an accomplishment, so how can they possibly enjoy it, and how do they live with themselves afterward?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Ejaculation continues to feel good, and older generations still stigmatize fucking your own hand.

  • Antilles||

    I wouldn't be able to ejaculate because I'd be too aware that she didn't voluntarily consent. I'm 54 and think everyone should jerk off whenever they feel like it (in private, ideally).

  • Inigo Montoya||

    This.

    I always figured that, so long as a guy is at least decently good as a lover, the woman stands to gain as much from an encounter as he does. And contrary to what prudes believe, women (healthy ones) do enjoy a good romp.

    Besides that, it's always been a big turn on when a woman clearly wants you. One that clearly doesn't is a big turn off. So in addition to whole violence/force issue (a big issue for someone who believes in the NAP), that is another huge reason why forcing someone doesn't work.

  • Fancylad||

    Thank the sexual revolution and Playboy philosophy of the Seventies. They're the ones that made ordinary people think it was a scored game, where the number of goals mattered more than the quality of the experience.

  • Brandybuck||

    Something you would have to ask Bill Clinton. He could explain it to you.

  • Oli||

    I think it's more of a power thing for these guys.

  • An Owl Named Dur||

    As a lawyer, I can say that it's always bad when there's a witness who contradicts you story. It's especially bad when that witness is a pastor.

  • tlapp||

    A big AMEN to that!

  • loki||

    "... Stewart can either settle the case or go before an administrative law judge."

    Stewart: I'll settle for a bj

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