Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rethug Sex Scandals: An Encyclopedic List

Over at The Daily Kos, Marcos and the gang have come up with something he calls the Dkosopedia (not to be confused with the also-valuable Dickipedia).

A prominent section in the Dkosopedia consists of an extensive list of dozens and dozens (must be close to 100 names) of Republican Sex Scandals.

We all know about Sanford and Vitter and Craig and Foley and Haggard, but here are a few of the lesser-known yet in many ways more salacious ones:

· Daniel Dean Thompson, 31, a Utah retailer of "family-friendly" tapes and DVDs (Hollywood films with the "dirty parts" cut out of them), arrested and booked into the Utah County jail on charges of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual activity with a 14-year-old.
· John David Roy Atchison, Republican prosecutor, was arrested for soliciting sex from a 5-year old girl, then killed himself three weeks later. At the time of his arrest, Atchison was an "assistant U.S. attorney" appointed by President Bush's attorney general
· Ted Klaudt, former South Dakota State Rep., found guilty of four counts of second-degree rape of two teenage foster daughters
· Louis Beres, chairman of the Christian Coalition of Oregon. 3 of his family members accuse him of molesting them when they were pre-teens. In August 06, Beres confessed.
· Don Haidl, Assistant Sheriff of Orange Country, in violation of California's rape shield law, led a smear campaign against the child his son poisoned and then violently gang-raped on videotape, adding up to 24 felony counts. He said that his son "acted accordingly" because the child was a "slut"
· Jim West, Spokane Mayor. Supported a bill, which failed, would have barred gays and lesbians from working in schools, day-care centers and some state agencies. Voted to bar the state from distributing pamphlets telling people how to protect themselves from AIDS. Proposed that “any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person” among teens be criminalized. Had a sexual affair with an 18 year old boy
· Brent Parker Utah State Representative. Arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a male prostitute
And that's only the top of the iceberg.

No, the Rethugs don't have a monopoly on hypocritical behavior, but try finding even a quarter of that number among Democratic politicians who have weathered sex scandals.