BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilor Nathan Boddie sat mostly quiet during Wednesday night's Council meeting. It was his first public appearance since allegations surfaced that he groped a woman at a bar in 2012. While Boddie's comments were limited to voting on routine matters, he listened to others openly condemn his response to the accusations; he has said the woman has a substance abuse problem.
During the citizen comment period, Bill Caram said, "In the face of an allegation, Councilor Boddie decided to attack her character and accuse her of having substance abuse issues. I was appalled and disgusted by this response. I understand that the Council cannot censure Dr. Boddie. But I would expect you to, in some way, make it clear that attacking and demonizing the victim, as well as medical and substance abuse issues, does not represent the views of this Council." Aaron Jeffers asked the rest of the Council to take a stand and protect women, "We believe that our community deserves better, especially from our Council members. Bend is having a 'me too' moment; we are not supporting the women of our community. Mr. Boddie, please step down and let our community begin to heal. Please withdraw from the House race and let us vote for a candidate who can better represent all of our citizens. To the rest of the Council: Take action, make changes, show the women you represent they have your support." Officials say Boddie cannot be forced out
of office, nor out of his House race
. He would have to voluntarily step down.
Boddie skipped the last City Council meeting
, when fellow Councilors discussed a possible censure. The City Attorney said then the allegations do not meet the requirements for such action.