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Strippers at bachelor party: Anything but ‘private event’ for alderman

Ald. JasErv(28th)   |  Sun-Times files

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) | Sun-Times files

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Updated: February 25, 2014 9:42AM



What happened one night under the same roof as the 28th Ward alderman’s office did not stay in the 28th Ward.


So Ald. Jason Ervin has joined the ranks of politicians who’ve learned the hard way that it’s easy for camera phones and social media to take private moments and make them very public.


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has become the world’s most ridiculed municipal elected official thanks to cellphone recordings, including images of him smoking crack with criminals.


Depending on your views of exotic dancing, you could argue that Ervin has done nothing remotely as revolting as Ford’s best secretly recorded behavior, much less anything illegal.


Still, Ervin had to spend much of Monday trying to explain away two minutes and 23 seconds that were captured at his November 2012 bachelor party and surfaced on Facebook over the weekend.


The revelry — at least two strippers, gyrating in the most suggestive manner possible — took place in the same West Side building where Ervin handles constituent city-service requests. Near the end of the video, a woman tells the man who’s recording the scene to stop.



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