aside Another Sexual Predator Bites The Dust As RNC Chairman / The Wynn Story

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During the week of January 24, 2017, The Wall Street Journal penned a well researched expose with about 150 sources about Steve Wynn of Wynn Properties in Las Vegas having a long history of sexual predatory behaviors. Mr. Wynn is to Las Vegas, what Harvey Weinstein was to Hollywood.

A one time rival of President Trump’s casino mogul business, Mr Wynn ended up being a supporter of the president’s 2016 campaign before taking on a leadership position in the Republican Party until he finally landed the job of RNC Chairman. He also had been vice chair of Trump’s inauguration committee.

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HARVEY WEINSTEIN

The Wall Street Journal report included interviews with about 150 sources who have / had worked at Wynn’s casinos or had been told of his alleged behaviors, including allegations that he pressured certain employees to perform sex acts. Mr. Wynn has been denying any and all allegations by blaming his ex-wife Elaine Wynn for these untrue claims, as she is involved in a revised divorce settlement lawsuit against him.

With the “Me Too” movement having swept away old cultural norms of wealthy powerful men being able to exact sexual favors from vulnerable women with impunity, his denials will not be accepted at face value. He will have to walk the plank with all the rest of those who have acted similarly.

On January 27, 2018, the news has broken that Mr. Wynn has resigned as the (RNC) Republican National Committee Chairman. His empire is publicly traded to where the stock has taken a dip. The only question left is, will the Republican Party leaders demand that all lawmakers return monies that Mr. Wynn donated to their campaigns like they demanded of Democrats who were recipients of donations from Harvey Weinstein.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On January 27, 2018, AP published the following report, Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigns as top GOP finance chairman

Excerpts:

“Casino mogul Steve Wynn has resigned as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault.”

“Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor and led the RNC’s fundraising efforts during President Donald Trump’s first year.”

“RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement Saturday that she accepted Wynn’s resignation.”

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On January 27, 2018, Alex Isenstadt of Politico broke the following news report, “RNC finance chair Steve Wynn resigns after sexual harassment allegations”

Excerpts:

“Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn on Saturday (1/27/18) stepped down as Republican National Committee finance chairman, according to three senior Republicans briefed on the decision.”

“The decision followed a Friday report in the Wall Street Journal alleging that Wynn engaged in sexual harassment.”

“Wynn, 76, was President Donald Trump’s handpicked choice for the finance position. It has not yet been determined who will replace him.”

“Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” said RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who spoke about the Wynn situation with the president on Saturday morning, according to a person with knowledge of the conversation. Trump returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday evening.”

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“Wynn has had a long relationship with the president, himself a former casino owner. After the 2016 election, Trump tapped the Las Vegas Republican to oversee the RNC’s fundraising heading into a perilous midterm election for the party. Last Saturday, Wynn headlined a fundraiser for the president’s reelection campaign and the RNC at Trump’s posh Mar a Lago resort.”

“During recent fundraising events — including one recent one in NY City — Wynn has praised Trump as a history-changing president in the mold of Lincoln and Reagan.”

“But the sexual misconduct allegations against Wynn put Republicans in an untenable situation after the RNC and other GOP officials had ripped the Democratic Party last fall for its connections to Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who raised and contributed large amounts of money for Democrats.”

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(Mr. Wynn announced) “Effective today I am resigning as Finance Chairman of the RNC. The unbelievable success we have achieved must continue. The work we are doing to make America a better place is too important to be impaired by this distraction. I thank the President for the opportunity to serve and wish him continued success.”

“The RNC, which holds its annual winter meeting in Washington next week, was radio silent on Friday after the allegations against Wynn first emerged — as were most top Republicans. Democrats, meanwhile, seized on the political opportunity presented by the allegations against Wynn.”

“Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, reacted to the news of Wynn’s resignation by saying, “I’m sure the RNC will find another billionaire to replace Steve Wynn, and they’re all going to do essentially the same thing: hoard wealth for the richest people and exclude hard-working people from real opportunity.”

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“Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor, particularly over the past decade: He has donated more than $2.5 million to the Republican Governors Association since 2012 and has been a top donor to several individual gubernatorial campaigns.”

“The casino mogul also contributed $411,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee over the past five years, $248,000 to the RNC and $100,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to campaign finance records.”

8 comments

    • Dear Keith,

      The WSJ journalists were cautious to make sure the story was well sourced before publishing it. I have no doubt that Mr. Wynn is guilty as sin. The WSJ also published the Stormy Daniels/ Donald Trump story. It’s hard to dismiss out of hand a $130 million dollar pay-off.

      The New York Times took months of research before its executives published the Harvey Weinstein story and the Washington Post did likewise when they broke the Judge Roy Moore story.

      My natural tendency is to believe the women. There is one exception to this. I would have liked Al Franken’s case to have been further investigated. I would be saying the same if Al’s case involved a republican, instead.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  1. I believe it’s important to be careful with accusations, but 150 sources are quite a lot! That’s hard to dispute.

    Men don’t have to be wealthy or successful to believe they can take advantage of women though. I recently received an invite to a business meeting after handing my business card to a fellow small business owner in Atlanta.

    He said he had a business proposal to make, but wanted to meet in person to iron out the details. When I arrived at the restaurant for the lunch meeting, I realised I was on a date I never agreed to. I was very strict about drawing boundaries, including an unequivocal rejection of his offer to take me out for drinks the following night.

    And in case you’re wondering, he fielded every question I asked him about the alleged business proposal. Ridiculous how far some people will go with their predatory behaviour and dishonesty.

    — ALEX

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    • Dear Alex,

      The male sexual predator will target any female who is vulnerable. There is that unwritten agreement. The predator will give you something or not harm you, if one gives into their sexual overtures.

      You were smart to exit a compromising situation.

      This Me,Too movement will hopefully be a catalyst for corporations to really mean -0- tolerance for sexual harassment cases in the work place.

      In my 45 + years in the work place, i did uncover one woman who probably made a false claim but I was able to blunt her ability to do additional harm. The word got out to beware. It turned out that there was only one older man in my work group who she did not hit on and he jokingly felt left out.

      I had discovered that she had accused a male co-worker at another office in a different state of inappropriate behavior which he claimed were false. He had lost his job from a highly reputable company where becoming employed there was extremely competitive.

      After working with her for just a few days, she made the mistake to confide in me that she was planning to seduce an older married male boss from the home office and she was already having some success. She wanted a better assignment. These women do exist but they are a rare breed. She was eventually fired.

      Once I was assured that she was on her way out the door, I resigned as I was not overly impressed by how this so-called prestigious company had handled this case.

      The editors of the major news outlets are aware of this possibility of a false claim to where they do take time to do their due diligence to make sure their stories accurately reflect reality.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Thanks Gronda. We had a client who was falsely accused. The woman targeted him because she asked him out and he refused her, and then later reprimanded her (as was his job) for causing some trouble with his workers a few weeks or months later.

        His company didn’t handle it well either. The allegations were proven to be false but they moved him from his site to another. It was some tough months for him. We helped the best we could.

        The predator behaviour does seem to be more prevalent in men, though. I wonder if this is evolutionary, and if it is, is it a valid excuse for an alleged rational and thinking being? I could tell you sooooo many stories of being offered a job or client work by wealthy men and their companies. The cost? Sleeping with them, or their friends. Many of them were married. I learned to stop being surprised at this point.

        —- Alex

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