But when you stand for something, you should stand for it with all of your heart and soul and take the humiliation and disgrace when you fall short. You should step down from you position of authority, in disgrace.
The problem with too many Republicans is they tell you they stand for something and really do not, as they do not do the honorable thing when caught. In doing so, the disgrace the entire brand.
Here is a one person's list of the top ten Republican sex scandals:
2002: Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, became an international hero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but he was a goat to his wife, Donna Hanover, because his mistress, Judith Nathan, was by his side for every photo op. Their affair had been splashed all over the tabloids the year before, so the mayor just admitted it and carried on as though he weren't married. Senior city officials said Guiliani provided a city car for Nathan's private use and allowed her to use a police driver as her personal chauffeur. Giuliani and Nathan are now married.
2004: Jack Ryan dropped out of the Illinois senate race against Barack Obama after divorce papers surfaced in which his ex-wife, Jeri Ryan, complained that he took her to sex clubs and tried to force her to have sex with him in front of other patrons. He blamed the media, but he was not even close to Obama in the polls, even before the sex scandal erupted.
2005: Don Sherwood (R-Pa.) was forced to admit to a five-year affair with Cynthia Ore after a Consitutiion Party opponent released a 2004 police report in which the congressman was accused of choking his mistress at his Washington D.C. apartment. In 2006, Sherwood lost his seat to Chris Carney, the first Democrat to represent the 10th district since 1960.
2006: Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who introduced a bill to outlaw web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, was chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children when he was caught sending sexuality explicit messages and emails to underage male pages. He was forced to resign and later came out as gay. He is now selling real estate.
2007: David "Family Values" Vitter (R-La.), who has argued for ethics reform throughout his career, was exposed as a former client of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey's prostitution ring. She even called him during roll-call votes. The conservative Senator also was a regular at a New Orleans brothel according to the madam who ran it. Vitter admitted to "very serious sin" but said God and his wife had forgiven him. He is still a member of the U.S. Senate.
2007: Larry "Wide Stance" Craig (R-Idaho), who once called former President Bill Clinton "a naughty boy" for his Oval Office tryst with Monica Lewinsky, was arrested for lewd conduct with another man in a bathroom stall at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig did not resign from the U.S. Senate, but he did not seek reelection in 2008. He voted against same-sex marriage rights and continues to adamantly deny being gay despite evidence of man-on-man liaisons and innuendo dating back to 1967.
2008: Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) was thrown out of a bar, arrested for drunk driving, locked up in jail, and then bailed out by his mistress -- retired Air Force officer Lt. Col. Laura Fay. He denied the affair but finally had to admit he was the father of Fay's 3-year old child. Fossella served out his term in the House, which ended in January 2009, but did not seek reelection.
2009: John "Those Immoral B....tards Should Resign" Ensign (R-Nev.), a Christian conservative who once said he would have resigned if he were in Larry Craig's position, turned a tawdry affair with campaign staffer Cynthia Hampton into a possible crime when he did not report paying her and her husband $96,000 to go away. The husband, Doug Hampton, worked for Ensign as a Senate aide. He said Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) encouraged Ensign to end the affair and compensate the couple so they could relocate. The case is still under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.
2009: Mark "Just Out Hiking" Sanford, Republican governor of South Carolina, took off for five days in June without telling anyone where he was, finally said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but turned out to be in Argentina visiting mistress María Belén Chapur on the taxpayers' dime. Sanford, who formerly represented his state's 1st Congressional District in Congress, humiliated his wife, Jenny Sanford, by blubbering to the press about Chapur being his "soul mate." Efforts to impeach him were voted down in committee. His wife filed for divorce in December.
2009: Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda), a married family-values crusader who represented his Orange County district in the California State Assembly, inadvertently broadcast explicit remarks about his sexual conquests over an open microphone during a lull in a hearing in July. He resigned in September after a video of his lewd comments was posted on the Internet. The video describes in lurid detail women he had sex with, including one who appeared to be a lobbyist with business before the utilities committee on which Duvall sat as vice chairman.
Missing: Ted "Religious Right, but Swing Both Ways" Haggard and Michael "Party Animal" Steele.
At least Haggard resigned. One honorable bad apple of the many
Sex and politics have gone together since the inception of time. The Democrats have had a done of bad apples as well, but the distinction is they don't run on a moral platform. Frankly the party should do a better job of forcing these guys out as it is hurting the brand.
Last edited by upsideguy; 03-31-10 at 01:05 PM.
We know hes a bad guy so its no surprise when they rob from the people and fail to aid drowning young women at Chappaquiddick.
I prefer our leaders at least aspire to be better than they are and sometimes fail rather than gleefully admit they are pigs and wallow in the mud wholeheartedly.
When they screw up they should ALL be drummed out of office asap.
The current ethics committees are a joke and as bad as the scum they constantly investigate.
You got a spare 90k in your freezer Mr Jefferson? Thanks.
This is the issue not just with Republicans but with all of politics in this country. They treat donations like they own it. Were I Steele, I wouldn't fire these folks who carried this out. I'd find the 85 year old lady on fixed income who donated, a farmer who's got little to spare who donated and we'd take these people out to their homes and have them explain why going to an S&M titty bar on their donations was a good idea. And I'd tape it and post it for the rest of America to watch. This is not their money, they shouldn't treat donations or for that matter Tax money as their money. Treat it like it's your grandmothers last dollars in the world.. every day no matter what the lobbists or senior Congresspeople say or do. When that changes... then we'll have real change and not faux lip-service change.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
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