Pity the poor Kevin Mullin, Senator from Rutland, and Tim Corcoran, Representative from Bennington. They had the misfortune to share a rental house with disgraced Sen. Norm McAllister (R-Siberia). And in that house, McAllister is accused of repeatedly raping a young woman who he presented to his colleagues as his “intern.” And now, Mullin and Corcoran find themselves on a hot seat of sorts. Or they ought to, anyway.
For his part, Mullin has claimed that the woman, 43 years McAllister’s junior, slept in the basement. Corcoran, however, seems to have a different recollection:
… Corcoran said Monday afternoon that, “as far as I know,” 63-year-old McAllister and the young woman he employed as a sort of legislative assistant were spending nights in the same room, on the occasions the woman stayed in the capital.
The young woman has said that McAllister raped her “just about” every time she stayed in the house.
Both Mullin and Corcoran seem to have adopted a relentlessly aggressive incuriosity about their roomie and his (cough) intern. Corcoran’s “as far as I know” is matched by Mullin’s “I assume [the basement is] where she slept.”
in an interview with VPR’s Peter Hirschfeld, Corcoran also expressed an almost comical ignorance of McAllister’s arrangements:
Asked if they shared the same bed, Corcoran said he didn’t know.
“I don’t know if there was a sleeping bag in there or a sofa or what,” Corcoran said.
Never once peeked in the door, Tim?
But wait, there’s more. Corcoran claims to have hardly known the woman at all:
“People that know me, I’m pretty low key and keep to myself, so I never really engaged,” Corcoran said. “I might have said ‘Hi’ to her once or twice.”
Yeah, well, there’s “low key” and there’s “See no evil, hear no evil.” I mean, really: a 20-year-old woman is, as far as Corcoran can tell, sharing a bedroom with a 63-year-old Senator — and his mind was absolutely bereft of questions or concern?
On top of that, several lawmakers have noted that the woman appeared younger than her age. Sen Peg Flory told Seven Days that the woman “looked like she was 12.” Speaking with VTDigger, Mullin himself described her “as a ‘young girl’ who was ‘really small.’” And yet seeing this woman/girl of uncertain age sharing a domicile with Norm McAllister didn’t prompt any questions in Mullin’s mind? And Corcoran, seeing her enter McAllister’s bedroom every night, didn’t wonder what the hell might be going on? That is, frankly, hard to believe.
Dudes better get their stories straight. And try to make ’em a little bit more believable next time.