Matt Bevin vs. Greg Fischer on sexual harassment: “If perception is, in fact, reality, Fischer is weak.”

Floyd County Democrats venerate Fischer.

I’m trying desperately to remember a time when ROFLMAO might have been more appropriate.

Matt Bevin seizes moral high ground over Greg Fischer on sexual harassment, by Joseph Gerth (Louisville Courier Journal)

I’m not even sure how this happened, but the Democratic Party in Louisville has ceded the moral high ground on sexual harassment to the party that nominated Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Somehow, some way, in this whole mess of sexual harassment claims separately involving Democratic Louisville Metro Council member Dan Johnson and former Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover, the GOP has been able to seize the upper hand.

A day before Gov. Matt Bevin stood up and demanded the resignation of Hoover and anyone else in state government who has secretly settled sexual harassment claims, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was giving some mealy-mouthed statement that failed to address Johnson, who among other things, dropped his pants in the City Hall parking lot …

Fischer is Jeff Gahan’s role model.

… On Friday, five minutes before 5 p.m. and nearly a full day after he was asked to comment, the oh-so-cautious Fischer sent a written statement said what he says best. Nothing.

“In my administration I have a record of supporting and promoting women, including placing them in positions of leadership and making clear that harassment of any type is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. While this is a council matter and they make decisions about their own institution, our citizens must be equally confident this standard will be upheld by them,” he said.

“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

Sides. Are. Splitting.

Bevin has created the perception that this stuff matters to him — even if his past shows that he is weak on the subject — and he came out looking strong and decisive.

Fischer, on the other hand, looked like someone who was desperately trying not to say what needed to be said: that Johnson’s actions, which included grabbing another council member’s tuchus and telling a chamber of commerce employee about his sex life, were wrong and anyone who did those things should not continue to serve.