By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 1:32 pm in Contra Costa politics.
This is the funniest video I have seen in ages: Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer appears in drag at a 1999 Christmas party. (See link below.)
I have to say, Gus has pretty good legs. Seriously, though, he must consult a fashion expert the next time he cross-dresses. The shoes are hideous. I hope that hairpiece has been burned. And I won’t even talk about the stockings!
How did I get this video? It surfaced in the wake of stories my colleague Matthias Gafni wrote this week about the $1 million settlement of a civil lawsuit filed against Kramer by a junior assessor. (A jury found Kramer guilty of refusing to promote her because she had filed a sexual and racial harassment complaint against him. An internal investigation cleared him of any harassment.)
The video did not make it into the trial because the judge rightfully viewed it as irrelevant to the allegations.
But it’s still great video where everyone seems to be having a good time. Whatever Gus’ faults may be — and I’ve known him nearly 15 years — he is never afraid to poke fun at himself or anyone else for that matter.
Now, what I want to know is this: Who are all the other men in the back row dressed in drag? Send me the names and I’ll add them to the annotations on the video.