[lit-ideas] Re: sex scandals

  • From: "Steve Chilson" <stevechilson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2006 21:41:57 +0100

sex scandals in history Eric, yadayada - are you rooting for the Mets or
the Yankees?

On Wed, 04 Oct 2006 13:56:58 -0400, "Eric Yost"
<eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> said:
> This was published in 1998, so it avoids Clinton and Foley.
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/congress.htm
> Congressional Sex Scandals in History [excerpt]
> This history begins in 1974, but not because episodes of 
> sexual impropriety only go back a quarter-century. In the 
> old days, they simply weren't reported. In 1903, for 
> example, the Speaker of the House, David Henderson (R-Iowa), 
> was forced to resign over his sexual relationship with the 
> daughter of a senator. Henderson never said why he was 
> quitting, and neither did the press. But that was then, and 
> this is now.
> 1974
> Rep. Wilbur Mills (D-Ark.)
> On Oct. 9, 1974, Mills, the chairman of the House Ways and 
> Means Committee and perhaps the most powerful member of the 
> House, was stopped for speeding near the Jefferson Memorial 
> at 2 a.m. Shortly after, Annabella Battistella &#8211; a stripper 
> who went by the stage-name of Fanne Foxe, Mills campaign 
> button the "Argentine Firecracker" &#8211; jumped out of his car 
> and into the Potomac River tidal basin. The incident did not 
> immediately threaten Mills, whose district was solidly 
> Democratic. But Mills won reelection with only 59 percent of 
> the vote, his lowest total ever. Within weeks, Mills 
> appeared on a Boston stage carousing with Foxe, apparently 
> intoxicated. Faced with an uprising among House Democrats, 
> Mills was forced to resign as Ways and Means chairman, and 
> in 1976 he announced he would not seek another term, ending 
> his 38-year House career. He was succeeded by Jim Guy 
> Tucker, whose own ethics got the attention of Kenneth Starr 
> some two decades later.
> 1976
> Rep. Wayne Hays (D-Ohio)
> In its May 23, 1976, editions, The Washington Post quoted 
> Elizabeth Ray as saying that she was a secretary for the 
> House Administration Committee, headed by Hays, despite the 
> fact that "I can't type, I can't file, I can't Hays campaign 
> button even answer the phone." She said the main 
> responsibility of her $14,000-a-year job was to have sex 
> with Hays. The fall of Hays, an arrogant bully who was one 
> of the most powerful &#8211; and disliked &#8211; members of Congress, 
> was rapid. The House ethics committee opened its 
> investigation on June 2. He resigned as chairman of the 
> Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on June 3. In 
> the Democratic primary five days later, a car-wash 
> manager/bartender who had run against Hays four previous 
> times and never received more than 20 percent of the vote 
> got 39 percent. Hays later resigned his committee 
> chairmanship, dropped his reelection bid, and finally 
> resigned on September 1.
> Rep. John Young (D-Tex.)
> On June 11, 1976, Colleen Gardner, a former staff secretary 
> to Young, told the New York Times that Young increased her 
> salary after she gave in to his sexual advances. In 
> November, Young, who had run unopposed in the safe 
> Democratic district five consecutive times, was reelected 
> with just 61 percent of the vote. The scandal wouldn't go 
> away, and in 1978 Young was defeated in a Democratic primary 
> runoff.
> Rep. Allan Howe (D-Utah)
> On June 13, 1976, Howe was arrested in Salt Lake City on 
> charges of soliciting two policewomen posing as prostitutes. 
> Howe insisted he was set up and refused to resign. But the 
> Democratic Party distanced itself from his candidacy and he 
> was trounced by his Republican opponent in the November 
> election.
> Rep. Fred Richmond (D-N.Y.)
> In April 1978, Richmond was arrested in Washington for 
> soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. Richmond apologized 
> for his actions, conceding he "made bad judgments involving 
> my private life." In spite of a Democratic primary 
> opponent's attempts to cash in on the headlines, Richmond 
> easily won renomination and reelection. But his career came 
> to an end four years later when, after pleading guilty to 
> possession of marijuana and tax evasion &#8211; and amid 
> allegations that he had his staff procure cocaine for him &#8211; 
> he resigned his seat.
> 1980
> Rep. Jon Hinson (R-Miss.)
> On Aug. 8, 1980, during his first reelection bid, Hinson 
> stunned everyone by announcing that in 1976 he had been 
> accused of committing an obscene act at a gay haunt in 
> Virginia. Hinson, married and a strong conservative, added 
> that in 1977 he had survived a fire in a gay D.C. movie 
> theater. He was making the disclosure, he said, because he 
> needed to clear his conscience. But he denied he was a 
> homosexual and refused GOP demands that he resign. Hinson 
> won reelection in a three-way race, with 39 percent of the 
> vote. But three months later, he was arrested on charges of 
> attempted oral sodomy in the restroom of a House office 
> building. He resigned his seat on April 13, 1981.
> Bauman campaign button Rep. Robert Bauman (R-Md.)
> On Oct. 3, 1980, Bauman, a leading "pro-family" 
> conservative, pleaded innocent to a charge that he committed 
> oral sodomy on a teenage boy in Washington. Married and the 
> father of four, Bauman conceded that he had been an 
> alcoholic but had been seeking treatment. The news came as a 
> shock to voters of the rural, conservative district, and he 
> lost to a Democrat in November.
> 1981
> Rep. Thomas Evans (R-Del.)
> The Wilmington News-Journal reported on March 6, 1981, that 
> three House members &#8211; Evans, Tom Railsback (R-Ill.) and Dan 
> Quayle (R-Ind.) &#8211; shared a cottage during a 1980 vacation in 
> Florida with Paula Parkinson, a lobbyist who later posed for 
> Playboy magazine. All three proceeded to vote against 
> federal crop-insurance legislation that Parkinson had been 
> lobbying against, and questions were raised whether votes 
> were exchanged for sex. Railsback and Quayle denied having 
> sex with her. Evans said he regretted his "association" with 
> Parkinson and asked his family and God to forgive him. But 
> he forgot to include the voters, who in 1982 threw him out 
> of office.
> 1983
> Reps. Dan Crane (R-Ill.) and Gerry Studds (D-Mass.)
> The House ethics committee on July 14, 1983, announced that 
> Crane and Studds had sexual relationships with teenage 
> congressional pages &#8211; Crane with a 17-year-old female in 
> 1980, Studds with a 17-year-old male in 1973. Both admitted 
> the charges that same day, and Studds acknowledged he was 
> gay. The committee voted to reprimand the two, but a 
> back-bench Georgia Republican named Newt Gingrich argued 
> that they should be expelled. The full House voted on July 
> 20 instead to censure the two, the first time that ever 
> happened for sexual misconduct. Crane, married and the 
> father of six, was tearful in his apology to the House, 
> while Studds refused to apologize. Crane's conservative 
> district voted him out in 1984, while the voters in Studds's 
> more liberal district were more forgiving. Studds won 
> reelection in 1984 with 56 percent of the vote, and 
> continued to win until he retired in 1996.
> 1987
> Rep. Ernie Konnyu (R-Calif.)
> In August 1987, two former Konnyu aides complained to the 
> San Jose Mercury News that the freshman Republican had 
> sexually harassed them. GOP leaders were unhappy with 
> Konnyu's temperament to begin with, so it took little effort 
> to find candidates who would take him on in the primary. 
> Stanford professor Tom Campbell ousted Konnyu the following 
> June.
> 1988
> Sen. Brock Adams (D-Wash.)
> On Sept. 27, 1988, Seattle newspapers reported that Kari 
> Tupper, the daughter of Adams's longtime friends, filed a 
> complaint against the Washington Democrat in July of 1987, 
> charging sexual assault. She claimed she went to Adams's 
> house in March 1987 to get him to end a pattern of 
> harassment, but that he drugged her and assaulted her. Adams 
> denied any sexual assault, saying they only talked about her 
> employment opportunities. Adams continued raising campaign 
> funds and declared for a second term in February of 1992. 
> But two weeks later the Seattle Times reported that eight 
> other women were accusing Adams of sexual molestation over 
> the past 20 years, describing a history of drugging and 
> subsequent rape. Later that day, while still proclaiming his 
> innocence, Adams ended his campaign.
> Rep. Jim Bates (D-Calif.)
> Roll Call quoted former Bates aides in October 1988 saying 
> that the San Diego Democrat made sexual advances toward 
> female staffers. Bates called it a GOP-inspired smear 
> campaign, but also apologized for anything he did that might 
> have seemed inappropriate. The story came too close to 
> Election Day to damage Bates, who won easily. However, the 
> following October the ethics committee sent Bates a "letter 
> of reproval" directing him to make a formal apology to the 
> women who filed the complaint. Although the district was not 
> thought to be hospitable to the GOP, Randy "Duke" 
> Cunningham, a former Navy pilot who was once shot down over 
> North Vietnam, ousted Bates in 1990 by fewer than 2,000 votes.
> 1989
> Rep. Donald "Buz" Lukens (R-Ohio)
> On Feb. 1, 1989, an Ohio TV station aired a videotape of a 
> confrontation between Lukens, a conservative activist, and 
> the mother of a Columbus teenager. The mother charged that 
> Lukens had been paying to have sex with her daughter since 
> she was 13. On May 26, Lukens was found guilty of 
> contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sentenced to 
> one month in jail. Infuriating his fellow Republicans, 
> Lukens refused to resign. But he finished a distant third in 
> the May 1990 primary. Instead of spending the remaining 
> months of his term in obscurity, Lukens was accused of 
> fondling a Capitol elevator operator and he resigned on 
> October 24, 1990.
> Rep. Gus Savage (D-Ill.)
> The Washington Post reported on July 19, 1989, that Savage 
> had fondled a Peace Corps volunteer while on an official 
> visit to Zaire. Savage called the story a lie and blamed it 
> on his political enemies and a racist media. (Savage is 
> black.) In January 1990, the House ethics committee decided 
> that the events did occur, but decided against any 
> disciplinary action because Savage wrote a letter to the 
> woman saying he "never intended to offend" her. Savage was 
> reelected in 1990, but finally ousted in the 1992 primary by 
> Mel Reynolds.
> Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)
> In response to a story in the Aug. 25, 1989, Washington 
> Times, Frank confirmed that he hired Steve Gobie, a male 
> prostitute, in 1985 to live with and work for him in his 
> D.C. apartment. But Frank, who is gay, said Frank campaign 
> button he fired Gobie in 1987 when he learned he was using 
> the apartment to run a prostitution service. The Boston 
> Globe, among others, called on Frank to resign, but he 
> refused. On July 19, 1990, the ethics committee recommended 
> Frank be reprimanded because he "reflected discredit upon 
> the House" by using his congressional office to fix 33 of 
> Gobie's parking tickets. Attempts to expel or censure Frank 
> failed; instead the House voted 408-18 to reprimand him. The 
> fury in Washington was not shared in Frank's district, where 
> he won reelection in 1990 with 66 percent of the vote, and 
> has won by larger margins ever since.
> 1990
> Rep. Arlan Stangeland (R-Minn.)
> It was reported in January 1990 that Stangeland, married 
> with seven children, had made several hundred long-distance 
> phone calls in 1986 and 1987 on his House credit card to or 
> from the residences of a female lobbyist. Stangeland 
> acknowledged the calls and conceded some of them may have 
> been personal. But he insisted the relationship was not 
> romantic. Voters of his rural district were not buying, 
> choosing a Democrat in November.
> 1991
> Sen. Charles Robb (D-Va.)
> On April 25, 1991, with NBC News about to go on the air with 
> allegations he had an extramarital affair with Tai Collins, 
> a former Miss Virginia, Robb made a preemptive strike. The 
> Virginia Democrat, married to Lyndon Johnson's daughter, 
> said he was with Collins in a hotel room, but all that took 
> place was a massage over a bottle of wine. Collins, in a 
> subsequent interview with Playboy, said they had been having 
> an affair since 1983. It was thought that these charges, 
> along with long-circulated but unproven allegations that 
> Robb had attended Virginia Beach parties where cocaine was 
> present, would jeopardize Robb's 1994 bid for re-election. 
> But the GOP nominated Oliver North, the Iran-Contra figure 
> who had his own credibility problems. Robb squeaked by with 
> 46 percent in a three-way race.
> 1992
> Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
> In October 1992, Republican Senate nominee Rick Reed began 
> running a campaign commercial that included a 
> surreptitiously taped interview with Lenore Kwock, Inouye's 
> hairdresser. Kwock said Inouye had sexually forced himself 
> on her in 1975 and continued a pattern of sexual harassment, 
> even as Kwock continued to cut his hair over the years. 
> Inouye, seeking a sixth term, denied the charges. And Kwock 
> said that by running the commercial, Reed had caused her 
> more pain than Inouye had. Reed was forced to pull the ad, 
> and while many voters took out their anger on the 
> Republican, Inouye was held to 57 percent of the vote &#8211; the 
> lowest total of his career. A week later, a female 
> Democratic state legislator announced that she had heard 
> from nine other women who claimed Inouye had sexually 
> harassed them over the past decade. But the women didn't go 
> public with their claims, the local press didn't pursue the 
> story, and the Senate Ethics Committee decided to drop the 
> investigation because the accusers wouldn't participate in 
> an inquiry.
> Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.)
> Less than three weeks after Packwood narrowly won a fifth 
> term, the Washington Post on Nov. 22, 1992, reported 
> allegations from 10 female ex-staffers that Packwood had 
> sexually harassed them. The Post had the story before the 
> election, but didn't run it as Packwood had denied the 
> charges. With the story now out in the open, Packwood said 
> that if any of his actions were "unwelcome," he was 
> "sincerely sorry." He then sought alcohol counseling. But 
> his longtime feminist allies were outraged, and with more 
> women coming forward with horror stories, there were calls 
> for his resignation. It wasn't until September of 1995 when, 
> faced with the prospect of public Senate hearings and a vote 
> to expel, Packwood announced his resignation.
> 1994
> Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.)
> Freshman Reynolds was indicted on Aug. 19, 1994, on charges 
> of having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker and then 
> pressuring her to lie about it. Reynolds, who is black, 
> denied the charges and said the investigation was racially 
> motivated. The GOP belatedly put up a write-in candidate for 
> November, but Reynolds dispatched him in the overwhelmingly 
> Democratic district with little effort. Reynolds was 
> convicted on Aug. 22, 1995 of 12 counts of sexual assault, 
> obstruction of justice and solicitation of child 
> pornography, was sentenced to five years in prison, and 
> resigned his seat on October 1.
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