Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist (Arlington, Oregon) is in the hot seat for photos of her bra & panty wearing self posing on a firetruck:
In an interview with the (Pendleton) East Oregonian, the mayor said she did nothing wrong and those who are offended need to get over it.
“That’s my personal life,” she said. “It has nothing to do with my mayor’s position.”
Kontur-Gronquist, who is also the fire department’s executive secretary, said the photos were taken before she was elected mayor three years ago, and she saw no reason to remove them from the Internet after taking office.
“I’m not going to change who I am,” she said. “There’s a lot of officials that have a personal life, and you have people in this community who have nothing better to do than scrape up stuff like this.”
Last night, folks met to sound-off on the issue:
This face of a tiny town squared off with some very angry citizens at last night’s city council meeting, who say they want their leader to act like an elected official, not a sex symbol.
Usually only a hand-full of people show up to the meetings– and rarely do the media appear– but last night the chambers were so crowded people lined up outside, waiting to discover the fate of a mayor rocked by scandal.
There’s the usual kitchen-sinking, by the opposition, but here’s the bottom line as the panty-wearing Mayor stands now:
“Placing provocative photos on the Internet using an elected official title is unacceptable,” says a statement written by Arlington’s concerned citizens group. “Due to the seriousness of these concerns, we are asking for the mayor’s immediate resignation. If she is not willing to resign, we are prepared to proceed with a recall.”
Other residents urged the community to come together and solve the problem diplomatically.
“We can’t divide this town– I mean, we can, it’s up to you,” said Frank Burgese. “But I challenge all sides to sit down and pound out some sort of agreement with each other, so this doesn’t rise to the level of a recall, so this doesn’t rise to the level of national ridicule. It’s kinda sorta already there right now.”
Those who stand behind the mayor say say the only people who should be embarrassed are the people who exposed the mayor by sending her photos to the media and turning their quiet town into a media circus.