For a couple weeks now we’ve been getting comments on this site saying that Jacob Elder is a “disgusting monster.”
When I press the commenter about this, they won’t divulge any details.
It seems like these allegations will come to light at some point, just not on this “blog website.” You see, my blog is the perfect place for accusations...just not the truth; it’s the perfect place to ruin someone...not exonerate them.
When it comes to he-said, she-said cases like this...the truth rarely comes out, and most people make up their mind long before it ever does.
I figured we’d have to wait until the filing deadline toward the end of June for anything to come out, but it’s come out early.
It’s kind of hard to follow.
Some site called the Daily Montanan managed to get this story, mainly because they contacted Elder about doing an interview last week, but Elder said he didn’t want to address the rumors of sexual misconduct allegations because an independent oversight group was soon going to release their findings.
Seems the instigating event for the story/allegations happened in early-2020, probably before the pandemic hit in March. UM investigated, made their conclusion, and then that conclusion was appealed. So in July of that year, UM hired a California firm called Grand Rapids Solutions to do an independent investigation into these allegations to see if their first conclusion was correct.
To me, it all sounds really fishy. Because if what Elder claims happens, why go that far?
What did he do that was so bad?
‘“I had asked her (his date) for a kiss, and she wasn’t OK with it,’ Elder said in the phone call May 5.”
The woman claims that Elder “grabbed her crotch and wouldn’t let it go.” Elder replied to that by saying the allegation has “kept me up for nights and my family has suffered for this.”
Elder assures us “there is no evidence for this,” but it doesn’t really matter - it’s the accusation that has the most weight, not the truth.
First of all...how many men ask a woman if they can kiss her before trying to do so? Because I’ve always grew up thinking that was kind of weak, and that a woman wouldn’t be impressed by this.
Sadly, we’re in such a time in society where many women pretend they don’t want strong, confident men...they want weak men, men that are afraid to lean-in for a kiss.
As someone from a foreign country that was raised by foster parents and then went into the military...I dunno, maybe he takes that more ‘gentlemanly route’ on his dates, asking first before moving in.
And personally, I think that someone like Elder probably would have backed-off if he’d been rebuked for a kiss.
I certainly don’t think he would have then tried to ‘grab her crotch,’ but that’s just me.
At the same time, I don’t think we’d have this woman - June Johnson (who could or could not be the victim, though I doubt she is) - telling us that Elder is a “disgusting monster” over something as trivial as a shot-down kiss.
I don’t think that a woman would go to all the trouble of filing a special complaint with UM if she didn’t think what happened to her was serious. I don’t think a woman would do this over a ‘failed kiss.’
Also, a woman has to be pretty adamant that she was hurt/abused if she goes ahead and files an appeal to the original finding, forcing the university to hire an out-of-state firm for what I assume is a pretty penny.
That independent investigation has been going on for nearly a year now, and still isn’t finished.
- I think there’s a lot more here than we’re being told.
- I think no matter the outcome, Jacob Elder is done in his race for mayor, and likely Missoula politics for good. Too many women in this town will simply conclude he’s guilty before the truth comes in, and even if he’s found innocent, many will still view him as suspicious or dangerous or even truly guilty.
- I think if the Missoula GOP does not find a viable candidate to run, then Engen will coast to an easy victory.
- I think if a candidate is associated with the local GOP, they’ll probably lose and lose big.
- I think we have ourselves a no-win situation for Missoula County conservatives and others that are tired of John Engen’s long tenure.
I’m sorry, but Engen's tenure doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon.