There has been a lot of discussion both in the press and among residents surrounding the behavior of Councilman David Wiechman. This is my personal opinion on this matter and is not meant to imply an official position from the city of Lakewood.
It was reported that Wiechman showed an inappropriate or pornographic photo to a city employee. Was the picture a “scantily clad celebrity” as Wiechman described it or was it pornography? After looking into the matter, I have to agree with the description of the picture as pornography.
Both Wiechman’s description during his “apology” and much of the conversation in the press attempts to minimize the nature of the photograph and the impact on the employee. Some claim that this is an overreaction.
I cannot stand by and watch this employee be demeaned and demoralized by this effort to minimize Wiechman’s careless actions.
I cannot accept Wiechman’s bogus apology when by his very statement he minimizes his actions. This “apology” shows his complete lack of remorse for his actions. Whether the original action was intentional or unintentional is irrelevant. His actions to minimize the impact on the employee and the nature of the photograph were intentional. His feckless apology simply serves to further insult the affected employee.
It is for this reason that I must publicly ask Wiechman to resign from his position on the Lakewood City Council. The residents of Lakewood expect more of their elected officials. He crossed the line by allowing a pornographic image to be displayed to a city employee.
Furthermore, his lack of remorse shown by his pathetic attempt at an apology has exacerbated the situation. As such I feel compelled to ask for his resignation.
Lakewood City Council