Contra Costa District Attorney candidate Elle Falahat sure knows how to wake up the room.
After delivering a dull 10-minute drill last night on the history of jurisprudence in the United States to a group of criminal justice students at ITT Institute in Concord, Falahat mentioned, “Anal Sex Club.”
Whoa nelly! She had our attention now.
Among the reasons Falahat decided to run for office, she told the students, was the alleged super-sex-charged atmosphere in the District Attorney’s Office.
“There are sex clubs in the District Attorney’s office, anal sex clubs, to be specific,” Falahat said. “And also something that I, to be honest, didn’t know what was it means, I had to look it up, is ‘manscaping,’ and that senior management talk about it in the office.” (I had to look it up, too. My goodness.)
Falahat pointed the finger at both her opponents, Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney Mark Peterson and private attorney and former Deputy District Attorney Dan O’Malley, saying they are members of the “good old boy club” who are unlikely to challenge the sexist culture.
Keep in mind, there is no sex club at the DA’s office. It was a bad, inappropriate joke that apparently circulated among some staffers who conducted a highly, informal survey on sexual experiences. It was more along the lines of the Mile High Club, as in, “Hey, are you a member of the Anal Sex Club?”
The allegations originated in court documents filed by the attorney for Michael Gressett, the former district attorney charged with the rape of another deputy district attorney.
Watch video of her speech below. If you want to skip past the jurisprudence history, the good stuff starts about 11 minutes, 20 seconds.
The videos of the other speakers are also posted below, including Peterson, O’Malley and sheriff candidates Brian Kalinowski and David Livingston.