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* Adelphia Communications Corp.: Donated large sums of money to some of the most conservative members of Congress. They are also the first cable company to offer hard-core adult movies to subscribers. (Kos, 2.8.05)

* Randal David Ankeney, Colorado: was arrested in 2001 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child with force, sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a child, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lured 13-year-old girl to his apartment, plied her with booze and pot, photographed her topless, then had sex with her. After his arrest, a second girl -- a 17-year-old campaign worker -- charged him with sexual assault. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Dick Armey, Texas: Three women who had been students of Armey's reported that he engaged in inappropriate behavior. Armey's second wife had been one of his students. (Flynt - 47)

* Jim Bakker, televangelist: Involved in fraud related to time shares and adultery with Jessica Hahn. (ChT, 9.13.04)

* Bob Barr, Georgia: Is on his third marriage. (Salon). Photographs show him licking whipped cream off the breast of a stripper. Allegedly lied under oath about adulterous sex during a 1986 deposition. Dumped his second wife Gail and their two sons (ages 5 and 4) just before Thanksgiving in 1985. When Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer, she asked her husband to stop campaigning for the statehouse, but he refused. He never attended chemotherapy treatments with his wife. (Flynt - 20). His second wife Gail believes that he was having an affair with his future third wife Jeri while he and Gail were still married. (Flynt - 22). Allegedly condoned and paid for an abortion for his then-wife. (Flynt - 24)

* Gary Bauer, former presidential candidate: Nine members of Bauer's staff quit, including Charles Jarvis, Bauer's campaign manager, and Tim McDonald, former chief of advance operations. Jarvis and McDonald have said publicly that they resigned in protest of Gary Bauer's "inappropriate" behavior in traveling alone and spending time behind closed doors with a 26-year-old deputy campaign manager. Jarvis says that he and others in the campaign warned Bauer several times "in the clearest possible terms" that he was creating "the appearance of impropriety" by spending "hours and hours and hours behind closed doors with a young single woman." Neither Jarvis nor McDonald has directly claimed that sex occurred, though. An unnamed source in the Bauer campaign said that Bauer has been traveling alone with this hot 26-year old blond (deputy campaign manager Melissa McClard) on a daily basis and the two have been so inseparable that it was like a "husband-wife relationship." This source said that rumors of an affair have circulated inside the campaign for months, and that several people told the candidate of their concern. "Bauer told them basically to buzz off -- that it was his personal business," the source said. Other staff members who quit include media consultant Tom Edwards and Betty Barrett, who was Bauer's secretary for 15 years. They declined comment. (SC)

* Robert Bauman, Maryland: Married dad of four pleaded not guilty in 1980 a charge of committing oral sodomy on a teenage boy in Washington. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Parker J. Bena, Virginia activist: Convicted in 2001 of possession of child pornography. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Bill Bennett: Few vices have escaped Bennett's withering scorn. He has opined on everything from drinking to "homosexual unions" to "The Ricki Lake Show" to wife-swapping. There is one, however, that has largely escaped Bennett's wrath: gambling. This is a notable omission, since on this issue morality and public policy are deeply intertwined. During Bennett's years as a public figure, casinos, once restricted to Nevada and New Jersey, have expanded to 28 states, and the number continues to grow. In Maryland, where Bennett lives, the newly elected Republican governor Robert Ehrlich is trying to introduce slot machines to fill revenue shortfalls. As gambling spreads, so do its associated problems. Heavy gambling, like drug use, can lead to divorce, domestic violence, child abuse, and bankruptcy. According to a 1998 study commissioned by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, residents within 50 miles of a casino are twice as likely to be classified as "problem" or "pathological" gamblers than those who live further away. If Bennett hasn't spoken out more forcefully on an issue that would seem tailor-made for him, perhaps it's because he is himself a heavy gambler. Indeed, in recent weeks word has circulated among Washington conservatives that his wagering could be a real problem. They have reason for concern. The Washington Monthly and Newsweek have learned that over the last decade Bennett has made dozens of trips to casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where he is a "preferred customer" at several of them, and sources and documents provided to The Washington Monthly put his total losses at more than $8 million. A review of one 18-month stretch of gambling showed him visiting casinos, often for two or three days at a time (and enjoying a line of credit of at least $200,000 at several of them). Bennett likes to be discreet. "He'll usually call a host and let us know when he's coming," says one source. "We can limo him in. He prefers the high-limit room, where he's less likely to be seen and where he can play the $500-a-pull slots. He usually plays very late at night or early in the morning--usually between midnight and 6 a.m." Despite his personal appetites, Bennett and his organization, Empower America, oppose the extension of casino gambling in the states. In a recent editorial, his Empower America co-chair Jack Kemp inveighed against lawmakers who "pollute our society with a slot machine on every corner." The group recently published an Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, with an introduction written by Bennett, that reports 5.5 million American adults as "problem" or "pathological" gamblers. Bennett says he is neither because his habit does not disrupt his family life. Bill Bennett's teensy little seven-figure gambling habit also mentions that he regularly plays (or at least played until recently) a private poker game with Robert Bork and Supreme Court Justices and fellow avatars of morality Antonin Scalia and William Rehnquist. Which, under DC law, is punishable by jail. (WM, 6.03). Apparently, Bennett is also an excessive smoker. (OTK, 5.5.03) "I happen to know that several major news organizations have for some time been looking into claims about portly conservative moralizer William Bennett and a leather-bound dominatrix bodybuilder in Las Vegas, a woman who has some very interesting narratives to recount. What news organizations? The top five that come to your mind are on the list. Some reporters have even traveled far and wide on this story. Does this mean the story is true? No. It is "developing," as our favorite cyber gossip character assassin likes to say, and it may go nowhere." (NYP, 2.17.04)

* Mary Bono, California: Allegedly engaged in a torrid love affair prior to the death of her husband Sonny. (Flynt - 8)

* Mike Bowers, Georgia: Admitted to a longtime extramarital affair. Had the former Georgia attorney general had a 10-year relationship with a state employee. (CSM)

* Karl Brabenec, California Young Republican: Made a name for himself by distributing fliers at 2003 Young Republicans national convention for "Karlpalooza '03," party offering "lots of beer, liquor and sex." (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Pat Buchanan, former presidential candidate: Right before he turned 21 was pulled over, cursed out two police officers, resisted arrest and then kicked one of the police officers in the ass." (Franken - 172). Pat Buchanan, former presidential candidate: Buchanan himself said that in 1960, when he was 21, the draft board rejected him because he had Reiter's syndrome. What's that, you ask? It's a form of arthritis usually caused by chlamydia, a venereal disease (at least in America. In third world countries, a form of dysentery is the most common cause.) When pressed, a Buchanan aide said that if, indeed, sexual contact is the only way to get Reiter's, Buchanan would never have admitted it. That's an honest if cynical response, but it assumes that Buchanan knows what causes Reiter's. He also could have had chlamydia for years, even to this day, without knowing it; chlamydia often has no symptoms, especially in men. Notice also that this aide's statement is not a denial. The Buchanan campaign has refused to confirm or deny whether Pat has had chlamydia or any other venereal diseases. (SC)

* Christopher Buckley, who sends up a philandering President in his new novel, "No Way to Treat a First Lady," is learning more about sex scandals - probably more than he wants. The married writer is embroiled in a paternity action with PR woman Irina Woelfle over her 2-year-old son, Jonathan. Woelfle, 40, formerly worked at Random House, which published "Thank You for Smoking," one of Buckley's five novels. Woelfle's lawyer Ed Nusbaum tells us that Buckley, the 50-year-old son of conservative pundit William F. Buckley Jr., "voluntarily agreed" to a DNA test, which established him as Jonathan's father. Buckley also took it upon himself to file suit recently in Stamford (Conn.) Superior Court. Nusbaum says that the journalist and former speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush is seeking "to establish what child support should be paid." "The amount being being paid now is inadequate," claims Nusbaum, who says that Woelfle and Buckley also disagree "over when he became aware of his paternity." Nusbaum adds that "at this juncture there has been no contact between Buckley and Jonathan - by his choice. Overtures were made by Irina, which he rejected." Buckley is also seeking to have the court file sealed and have the case labeled anonymously as "John and Jane Doe," according to Nusbaum, whose client is opposing that motion. (NYDN, 12.24.02)

* Jim Bunn, Oregon: With his success due in great part to support from the Christian Coalition, Bunn won his congressional seat, then immediately ditched his wife (and mother of his five children), married a staffer, and put his new wife on the state payroll for the unheard-of salary of $97,500. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* John Allen Burt, anti-abortion activist: A six-day search for him began last Thursday based on charges of sexual misconduct asserted by two teenage girls who were living at Our Father's House, Burt's so-called home for "unwed mothers," according to the Pensacola News Journal. John Burt has a long history of connections to violence against abortion clinics in the Pensacola area. He has been arrested numerous times for his participation disruptive protests and clinic invasions. A 1986 invasion led by Burt was the impetus for the NOW v. Scheidler case. Burt led protests in Pensacola on behalf of two couples that bombed three local clinics on Christmas Day in 1984, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Burt was outside the Pensacola clinic when an Our Father's House volunteer, Michael Griffin, murdered Dr. David Gunn in 1993. Griffin's family later claimed that John Burt had manipulated Griffin. Burt is also an associate of Paul Hill who murdered Dr. Bayard Britton and volunteer escort James Barrett outside another local Pensacola clinic in 1994. Burt is on film helping Paul Hill identify Dr. Britton outside the clinic in the weeks before Hill shot and killed Dr. Britton and his clinic escort. (FMF, 6.11.03)

* Dan Burton, Indiana: Admitted that he had fathered a child out of wedlock during an extramarital affair. (Flynt - 42). "Republicans and Democrats alike from that era recall ceaseless complaints from female staffers fed up with fending off Burton's sexual advances." (Flynt - 43). Several people report that Burton had sex with his assistant to the administrative assistant. A female lobbyist from Planned Parenthood claimed that Burton stuck his hand up her skirt. Numerous sources claim tha tBurton maintained sexual relationships with women on his Congressional and campaign payrolls. Ex-model Claudia Keller claims to have been romantically involved with Burton. (Flynt - 43)

* George H.W. Bush, former president: Allegedly engaged in an affair with an aide, Jennifer Fitzgerald, while serving as vice president. (Flynt - 56). For the May 29th issue of the Rolling Stone, Ashton Kutcher shares tidbits from his sometimes loco life - including an unforgettable party with the Bush gals. He tells Rolling Stone: "So we're hanging out ... The Bushes were underage drinking at my house. When I checked outside, one of the Secret Service guys asked me if they'd be spending the night. I said no. And then I go upstairs to see another friend and I can smell the green wafting out under his door. I open the door, and there he is smoking out the Bush twins on his hookah." (ET, 5.6.03)

* George W. Bush, Texas: Alleged cocaine abuser and alcoholic before reforming; reportedly paid for an abortion in his younger days; several allegations of drunken driving, alleged affair with Tammy Phillips. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Jeb Bush, Florida: Allegedly had an affair that was captured in photographs. (Flynt - 58). His 24-year-old daughter Noelle was jailed for having prescription pills while in a treatment center, violating a court-ordered drug treatment plan. (AP, 7.17.02). Noelle, was sentenced to 10 days in jail after being accused of having crack cocaine in her shoe while in drug rehab. (AP, 10.17.02) Appointed former a former Playboy bunny to several government posts while allegedly having an affair with her. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Neil Bush: The president's younger brother and his estranged wife signed an "amicable, irrevocable" mediated divorce settlement ending 23 years of marriage, Neil Bush's lawyer said. All that remains for Neil and Sharon Bush, who have three teenage children, is for a formal divorce decree to be drafted and filed at the Harris County courthouse. (AP, 4.17.03) Admitted to cheating on his ex-wife with "three or four" different women, it was alleged. Bush told of the affairs during leaked video depositions to lawyers representing his former wife, Sharon. The father-of-three said: "I had sexual intercourse with perhaps three or four - I don't remember the exact number - women at different times." The affairs took place while he was on business trips to the Far East, according to a report in the New York Times. Bush allegedly told the lawyers: "In Thailand once, I have pretty clear recollection that there was one time in Thailand and Hong Kong." (Mirror, 7.14.03) The following events took place while he was married. "I had sexual intercourse with perhaps three or four, I don't remember the exact number, women, at different times. In Thailand once, I have a pretty clear recollection that there was one time in Thailand and in Hong Kong." (NYDN, 1.1.04)

* Nancy J. Caffyn, Massachusetts: Divorced former state legislator. (AASP)

* Ken Calvert, California: Allegedly was caught with a prostitute by police in 1993. (Flynt - 54) He was sued as an alimony deadbeat by his ex-wife. (Dem, 8.11.03)

* Charles Canady, Florida: Lied to his constituents about his adulterous affair with Sharon Becker, which caused her divorce from Florida businessman Robert Becker. (Dem, 8.11.03)

* George Harrold Carswell, Judge: Arrested in 1976 for making a pass at an undercover cop in men's room at a Tallahassee, Florida, shopping mall. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Dick Cheney, vice president: Despite having daughter who is a lesbian, opposes gay rights laws and supports people who oppose rights for homosexuals. Served on a ticket with a candidate who supported criminalization of homosexual sex. Voted against allowing the federal government to collect data on violent crimes based on sexual orientation. (IGF) Says he would support President Bush if he proposes a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Cheney, whose daughter is a lesbian, told The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News in interviews published Saturday that he still believes states should handle the issue, but that he would support Bush's decision. (AP, 1.10.04)

* Lynne Cheney, wife of the vice president: Went so far as to deny her daughter's lesbianism entirely, despite her daughter's open lesbianism. (IGF)

* Helen Chenoweth, Idaho: Reportedly had an affair with her married boss in 1977 and 1978. Allegedly had a long-term adulterous affair with former business associate Vernon Ravenscroft. (Flynt - 45)

* Mark Chmura, activist: Chmura was arrested for raping a 17-year old girl. He was acquitted -- but that doesn't erase the fact that he A) had sex with an underage girl (in a hot tub full of boozed-up teenagers at a party), and B) was himself married at the time. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* John Christensen, Nebraska: As part of divorce settlement, got his ex-wife to sign affidavit stating she was the one who had been "unfaithful." (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Kevin Coan, Missouri: Arrested in Illinois in 2001 for offering to pay for sex over the Internet from a 14-year-old girl -- who turned out to be male police officer working a chat-room sting. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* John Cox, Illinois: Cox's birth was the result of a rape; yet Cox has evaded questions about whether he's pro- or anti-choice. Is divorced. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Dan Crane, Illinois: In 1983, after a yearlong investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Crane was found to have engaged in an illicit sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl working as a congressional page. (Salon, 10.5.98)

* Paul Crouch, televangelist: First, extortion seems like the only word to describe what Enoch Lonnie Ford, the former TBN employee who says he and Crouch had extramarital sex in 1996, attempted. Crouch paid him a $425,000 settlement in 1998 after Ford accused the global network of wrongful termination. (ChT, 9.13.04)

* Gilbert Davis, Virginia: Former attorney for Paula Jones, allowed himself to be videotaped in Roanoke, VA, hotel room, drunk, while instructing a female client to disrobe. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Doug Dean, Colorado: Divorcé, who had hot pants for female lobbyists, went ape after live-in lover (a lobbyist, of course) dumped him in 2001. Broke into her home, lay in wait for ex-squeeze, then scared all hell out of her when she arrived, and chased her down street, brandishing screwdriver. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Tom Delay, Texas: There is a rumor that a photograph exists with DeLay locked in a sexual embrace with a Mexican prostitute. There is another rumor that claims that DeLay has a grown daughter in Texas whose mother is not DeLay's wife. Allegedly DeLay has paid support for this child. (Flynt - 49)

* Richard Anthony Delgaudio, Maryland: A prominent Republican fund-raiser who once said former President Bill Clinton was "a lawbreaker and a terrible example to our nation's young people" pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to production of child pornography. Delgaudio, who was sentenced to two years' probation before judgment, admitted to taking lewd photographs of a 16-year-old girl he met in East Baltimore's Patterson Park in 2001. In some of the photos, he was engaged in sex with her, court records show. Delgaudio, 50, of Burke, Va., is a frequent talk-radio guest and national figure in conservative politics. He is president of the Legal Affairs Council, a group that helped pay the legal bills of former Reagan administration officials Oliver L. North and Caspar W. Weinberger after they were charged in connection with the Iran-contra affair. In his pornography case, there was additional evidence that Delgaudio took erotic images of at least one other, younger teen-ager, but that evidence was not admissible in court because police improperly stopped and searched Delgaudio, a judge ruled. (Sunspot, 4.24.03)

* Frank T. Devine, Illinois: This week, federal authorities filed a 12-count complaint against Frank T. Devine, a GOP precinct committeeman in the Kendall County Republican organization, for allegedly defrauding more than 40 investors in what the FBI described as a classic Ponzi scheme. (IL, 12.23.04)

* Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina: Had an affair with Bob Dole when he was still married. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Bob Dole, former presidential candidate: He had an affair with a younger woman (not Liddy) during the last four years of his first marriage, before suddenly dumping his loyal first wife Phyllis in 1972. Bob Dole married Phyllis Holden, a sweet, unambitious woman from a successful New England family. She bore him a daughter, Robin, though most voters probably have no idea he is a father. Robin is not a big part of his life, and Dole himself has said "I don't think I really knew her well. I was there for ceremonial things in school. But mostly they [Phyllis and Robin] were here and I was not." Bob did make his decision, and he stayed married to politics, often coming home at midnight, leaving at 5 am the next morning. His marriage naturally suffered, and in 1971 he asked Phyllis for a divorce, out of the blue, no discussion. During the last year of their marriage, she has said, he was only home for supper 4 nights. (SC)

* Bob Dornan, former presidential candidate: His wife Sallie has left him 3 or 4 times, and alleged in several aborted divorce suits over 16 years that he beat her. For example, in her 1961 divorce suit she stated under oath that he "dragged her about the home... by her hair and ... exhibited a revolver." In June 1966, Dornan was found guilty of a "violent attack" on his wife and was ordered to go to jail, though police records do not show him actually serving any time. (SC)

* David Dreier, California: A Republican congressman from California who has repeatedly voted against gay rights measures is said to be gay himself, and at least three MediaNews Group newspapers are said to have instructed its reporters not to ask questions about the congressman's sexuality or how it relates to public policy. Brad Smith, Dreier’s chief of staff with whom he is said to have lived, is paid an unusually high salary relative to the chief of staffs of other powerful congressmen, including Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. (Raw, 1.18.05)

* Thomas Evans, Delaware: In 1981, shacked up in a Florida cottage with Rep. Tom Railsback (R-Ill.), Rep. Dan Quayle (R-Ind.) and insurance-industry lobbyist Paula Parkinson. Of the three, only Evans admitted to having sex with Parkinson. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Mike Ferguson: In his dark suit, knotted tie and official congressional ID pin on his lapel, Republican House member Mike Ferguson looked out of place at the Rhino Bar and Pumphouse, a Georgetown saloon popular with college kids. "He shouldn't have even been at the bar," 21-year-old Georgetown University junior Michelle Mezoe told us. "He and his group" - two unidentified staffers, also wearing suits - "stuck out like sore thumbs." Yesterday Mezoe accused the congressman, a 32-year-old married father of three representing New Jersey's 7th District, of grabbing her in the wee hours Wednesday morning. She said Ferguson removed his ID pin and handed it to her, saying she could keep it if she would "come back and have a drink with me." Mezoe said she refused to return it unless Ferguson apologized for his "disrespectful" behavior. An apology was not forthcoming. (WP, 4.4.03)

* Mark Foley, Florida: Reports that he's gay are about to spread from alternative and gay media outlets to major Florida newspapers, Foley said. He blamed Democratic activists for spreading the rumor and decried the "repulsive" campaign tactic. He wanted reporters to know that he won't answer questions about his sexuality; it has nothing to do with his candidacy. Supports an anti-gay agenda. (SPT, 6.1.03)

* Kirk Fordice, Mississippi: Allegedly had an affair and then got divorced. Fordice was one of Bill Clinton's biggest critics. (DM)

* Bill Frist, Tennessee: The senator's son, Jonathan Frist, 17 was arrested for DUI and possession of alcohol by a minor. (NC5, 5.6.03) Frist acknowledged in a 1989 book that he routinely killed cats while an ambitious medical student at Harvard Medical School in the 1970s. His office said it had no record on how many cats died. Frist disclosed that he went to animal shelters and pretended to adopt the cats, telling shelter personnel he intended to keep them as pets. Instead he used them to sharpen his surgical skills, killing them in the process. (UPI, 12.31.02)

* Richard Gardner, Nevada: Convicted in California in 1988 for lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under the age of 14 -- a felony sex crime. The victim was his own 12-year-old daughter. Investigation led to exposure of two additional sex-crime convictions, one involving the same daughter, and one involving another daughter under age 14. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Newt Gingrich, Georgia: Visited his wife when she was recovering from cancer surgery. Gingrich brought along their two daughters and a yellow legal pad with his terms for a divorce. (Franken - 44). After his divorce from Jackie, Newt Gingrich was late with his alimony payments and she had to take him to court twice to provide adequate support for her and the girls and that her church had to take up a colection ot help them get by. (Franken - 45). "We would have won in 1974 if we could have kept him out of the office, screwing her [a young volunteer] on the desk." - Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler at the time. Several newspapers reported that Newt Gingrich was dating and basically living with Callista Bisek, a "willowy blond Congressional aide 23 years his junior." Biske, 33, was spending nights at Gingrich's apartment near the Capitol and had her own key. In an amazing act of hypocrisy, Gingrich was apparently dating Bisek all during Clinton-Lewinsky adultery scandal, even as he proclaimed family values and bitterly criticized the President for his adultery. Reporters and other Washington insiders have known about this relationship since 1994, even before Gingrich became Speaker of the House, but did not have any solid proof to report. In 1995, Vanity Fair magazine described Bisek as Gingrich's "frequent breakfast companion." Gingrich was married to Marianne Gingrich during all of that time, and just filed for divorce in August 1999. This is hardly the first time Newt has cheated, either. "It was common knowledge that Newt was involved with other women during his [first] marriage to Jackie. Maybe not on the level of John Kennedy. But he had girlfriends -- some serious, some trivial." -- Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler throughout the 70s. One woman, Anne Manning (who was married at the time), has come forward and confirmed a relationship with him during the 1976 campaign. "We had oral sex. He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, 'I never slept with her.'" Kip Carter, his former campaign treasurer, was walking Newt's daughters back from a football game one day and cut across a driveway where he saw a car. "As I got to the car, I saw Newt in the passenger seat and one of the guys' wives with her head in his lap going up and down. Newt kind of turned and gave me this little-boy smile. Fortunately, Jackie Sue and Kathy were a lot younger and shorter then." (SC). According to the The Irish Times , Newt's decision to resign was actually based on his discovery that Larry Flynt had uncovered some very damaging personal information. Flynt had begun "negotiating with several parties, people described as having an association with a prostitution ring, for a series of credit card receipts that showed Mr Gingrich paying for services. In the midst of that negotiation, Mr Gingrich resigned suddenly." (RA). Asked the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta for an annulment of his second marriage, which ended in divorce after 19 years. Gingrich's second wife, Marianne Gingrich, said through her attorney that she learned of the request this week when she received a letter from the archdiocese. The couple were divorced in April 2000, nine months after Newt Gingrich filed for divorce and acknowledged a seven-year affair with Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide. Gingrich and Bisek were married in August 2000. (AP, 5.10.02)

* Philip Giordano, the Republican mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, was arrested on two federal charges dealing with "sexual activity" involving a child, the FBI said. Special agent Lisa Bull said the mayor was arrested on two offenses: The use of an interstate facility to entice a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity, and conspiracy to carry out that offense. (CNN 2, 7.26.01)The former Waterbury, Connecticut mayor was convicted on 17 out of 18 counts on his indictment. Counts 1 and 2 were for the following: "Philip A. Giordano, while acting under color of the laws of the state of Connecticut, willfully deprived the victim of rights and privileges secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States. That includes the right not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law, which includes the right to be free from aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse. He violated this by coercing and forcing the victim, who was younger than 12, to engage in oral sex and genital contact with him and by fondling her, resulting in bodily injury." (CCB, 3.26.03)

* Matt Glavin, former Southeastern Legal Foundation President: Glavin was charged back in May with public indecency for allegedly masturbating in public at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area on Medlock Bridge road in North Fulton County. An undercover federal police officer reported that Glavin fondled him after he encountered the activist pleasuring himself. And it wasn't the first time that Glavin had been caught doing this in the same park. In 1996, Glavin quietly pleaded "no contest" to charges of public indecency after being caught in an identical situation. (CLoaf, 10.14.00)

* Marty Glickman, commentator/editor/publisher: Seven years ago," wrote Tallahassee political commentator Marty Glickman (aka Republican Marty) in his newsletter The Ugly Truth, "a rednecked, classless pervert named Clinton from a low rent state like Arkansas was tearing down all standards for the highest office in the land... Decency, morals, telling the truth, and standing accountable were all American values that were on the line. With a rapist, a liar, and a sexual harasser and his First Enabler Hillary Clinton in charge; the country and it's children were perilously close to sinking beneath recovery." Harsh words, but we hope they taste good - because Republican Marty sure is eating them right now. Last week he was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a juvenile and one count of the delivery of LSD. Yes, it turns out that Marty was doing his own bit to help the children of America by giving drugs and money to underage girls in exchange for sex. (DU, 4.23.01)

* Rudolph Giuliani, former New York mayor: His estranged wife has filed for divorce, citing adultery. "If there's going to be a divorce, let's have the truth about why — Rudy's open and notorious adultery," she said. (CBS, 1.21.02)

* Phil Gramm, Texas: Invested $7500 in a soft-core porn movie in 1974. (Franken - 153). Is on his second wife. (DO)

* Mark A. Grethen, Virginia: Convicted in 2002 on six counts of sex crimes against children. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Steve Gunderson, Wisconsin: Closeted homosexual who supported the Christian Coalition in public. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Susan J. Haase, Illinois: Divorced clerk of Wheatland Township and member of Illinois State Republican Central Committee. (AASP)

* W. John Hathaway, Maine: A Maine Republican seeking a seat in the United States Senate who has cast himself as a champion of family values, became a center of controversy today after New England newspapers published six-year-old accusations that he had had sex with his children's 12-year-old baby sitter. (NYT 6.6.96)

* Jon Hinson, Mississippi: Newly wedded (to a woman), he was arrested at a D.C. gay bar in 1976. A year later, escaped a fire in a gay porn theatre. Was arrested again in 1981 on charges of attempted oral sodomy. In a men's room. In a House office building. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Rev. Mike Hintz: A Des Moines youth pastor, who had appeared publicly with President Bush promoting his tax cuts, is charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor. KCCI learned that the married father of four recently turned himself in to Johnston police. Rev. Mike Hintz was fired from the First Assembly of God Church, located at 2725 Merle Hay Road, on Oct. 30. Hintz was the youth pastor there for three years. Police said he started an affair with a 17-year-old woman in the church youth group this spring. (IAC, 12.7.04)

* Hooters of America donated 97% of its money to Republicans (Kos, 1.1.05)

* Deal Hudson, Catholic GOP adviser/publisher: He announced he would step down from his volunteer position, after the National Catholic Reporter, another Catholic publication, published the details of a decade-old sexual harassment case involving Hudson and an 18-year-old college student. (BN, 1.18.05)

* Michael Huffington, California: Columnist-wife Arianna dumped him when she found out he was cheating on her. With other men. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Tim Hutchinson, Arkansas: In 1996 when he first ran for the Senate, he styled himself as a conservative, family-values Republican, an ideological approach intended to appeal to this state's many Christian-right voters. The breakdown of the American family, he said, was a critical national issue. Hutchinson won fairly comfortably, with 53 percent of the vote, the first Republican since Reconstruction to capture a Senate seat in heavily Democratic Arkansas. Again, Hutchinson is identifying himself as a conservative, family-values Republican. The problem is that in 1999 Hutchinson, now 52, divorced his wife of 29 years, Donna, with whom he had three sons, and shortly afterward married a former member of his office staff, Randi Fredholm, now 39. (NYT, 5.15.02)

* Henry Hyde, Illinois: Allegedly had an affair for five years with Cherie Snodrass, a young mother of three, giving her an apartment and giving her gifts of jewelry and furniture. He initiated the affair by telling Snodgrass he was single. (Flynt - 39). He apparently broke up the Snodgrass family. In 1983, after a yearlong investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Crane was found to have engaged in an illicit sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl working as a congressional page. When the question of whether the House should expel, censure or merely reprimand Crane reached the floor, Hyde popped up to beg mercy for his friend. "We sit here not to characterize the crime, the breach, the transgression, because we all know the transgression, which is admitted and it is stipulated as reprehensible." Even so, Hyde pleaded, "In searching our souls for the appropriate punishment, I ask the members to consider this situation in its totality, in its entire context." (Salon, 10.5.98)

* Bobby Hodge - A Republican candidate for Attala County Circuit Clerk was arrested and charged with child molesting. A spokesman for the sheriff's department said that Hodge, a plummer and electrician, is accused of molesting a "young girl." She was believed to be a preteen, but authorities declined to give details about the victim or the circumstances. (KMSH, 2.11.03)

* Paul Ingram, former head of the Republican Party in Thurston County, Wash.: Pleaded guilty to six rape charges in 1989. He is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Two relatives had accused him of attacking them for 17 years during rituals that included killing two dozen babies in Satanist rituals. (LAT, 5.11.91)

* Bill Janklow, South Dakota: Bill Janklow, a blunt-spoken political titan from South Dakota, will serve 100 days in a county jail for the death of a motorcyclist who slammed into his speeding car last August. (CNN 1.22.04) In 1955, at age 16, appeared in juvenile court (Moody County, South Dakota) for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old girl. Janklow denied charge was rape, but inadvertently tipped off public with smug statement, "It didn't go that far, but it was preliminary to that sort of thing." Charge dropped, records sealed. In 1967, attorney Janklow was accused of rape by Jancita Eagle Deer, 15-year-old babysitter for Janklow family. Janklow, then working for the Office of Economic Opportunities on the Rosebud Sioux reservation, denied charge, said enemies were trying to smear him. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Jimmy Karalis, California Young Republican: Made a name for himself by distributing fliers at 2003 Young Republicans national convention for "Karlpalooza '03," party offering "lots of beer, liquor and sex." (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Jack Kemp, New York: You'll hear a lot about Kemp's marriage, four children, and 14 children -- but you seldom hear anything about his first wife. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Bernard Kerik: Kerik, the man tasked with protecting the United States from the threat of terrorist attacks, fathered a daughter with a South Korean woman while serving on the peninsula in the mid-1970s, U.S. media reported over the weekend. The baby, named Lisa, was born in 1975. But Kerik deserted her and her mother when he left the country in February 1976. (KORT, 12.5.04) Conducted two extramarital affairs simultaneously, using a secret Battery Park City apartment for the passionate liaisons, the New York Daily News has learned. The first relationship, spanning nearly a decade, was with city Correction Officer Jeannette Pinero; the second was with famed publishing titan Judith Regan. His affair with Regan, the head of her own book publishing company, lasted for almost a year. (Eschaton, 12.13.04) Then there's the story that celebrity book publisher Judith Regan had to hire a personal bodyguard when Kerik started 'hounding' her after their relationship went sour. (TPM, 12.12.04) Investigators conducting a background check of Bernard Kerik last week as part of his confirmation hearing uncovered that the then-Secretary of Homeland Security nominee was married to a woman he has apparently kept a secret for the past 20 years. Friends of his said they were not aware of the woman, and Kerik did not acknowledge the marriage in his best-selling autobiography, "The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice." Instead, he wrote about only two marriages, one to a New Jersey woman named Jacqueline, whom he married in 1983 when he was 28, and one to his current wife, Hala, whom he married in 1998. But Kerik, who withdrew his name for consideration for the nation's top security post on Friday, was also married to the former Linda Hales in North Carolina. Kerik and Hales, who has since remarried and changed her name to Priest, were married Aug. 10, 1978, when she was 27 and he was three weeks shy of 24, according to her lawyer, Ronnie Mitchell. They separated in 1982 and were officially divorced June 6, 1983, Mitchell told Newsday. (NYND, 12.15.04) Another story in the Post reports that Kerik was not only stalking Judith Regan but her children too. (TPM, 12.16.04)

* Earl Kimmering: An Anderson man who gained statewide attention by fighting attempts by a gay couple to adopt an 8-year-old girl under his foster care now is charged with molesting her. (AP, 1.18.05)

* Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State: Had a 1964 divorce and a 1974 re-marriage, peppered with lots of screwing around. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* State Sen. William "Pete" Knight, California: David Knight, son of the state senator who was the author of the California ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage, defied his father's law and wed his partner of 10 years Tuesday in a quiet ceremony attended by just two friends in San Francisco City Hall. (SFG, 3.10.04)

* Jim Kolbe, Arizona: Was a closeted homosexual who supported an anti-gay agenda. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Ernie Konnyu, California: Career ended in 1987 after two former aides detailed sexual harassment to the media. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Stephen LaTourette, Ohio: Extramarital affair with Washington lobbyist led to divorce after 21 years of marriage (and four kids). When wife pleaded for reconciliation & marriage counseling, he said no thanks, and asked for divorce. Over the phone. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Alan L. LeDoux, Kansas: Convicted in 2003 of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary. A plea bargain dismissed the charge of rape. Holding a knife to her throat, he blindfolded, duct-taped, and raped his victim in her own bed. The victim was a member of LeDoux's wife's family, whom LeDoux described as "a woman who had treated me with nothing but grace." The victim said she "thought of LeDoux as a brother and a father-figure to her son and daughter." (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio personality: Although he was insecure and did not get out much, at 26, he married, but was divorced after three years. His second wife moved out on Christmas weekend of 1988, and their divorce was final in 1990. In 1994, Rush married Marta Fitzgerald, a woman Rush met online. They have worked together in a number of endeavors, and to this day remain happily married. (PIR) Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh announced Friday that he and his wife, Marta, were divorcing. (AP, 6.11.04) Openly admitted to being a drug addict. (CNN, 10.10.03)

* Bob Livingston, Louisiana: "I have on occasion strayed from my marriage, and doing so nearly cost me my marriage and my family." (Flynt - 14). Allegedly had sex with lobbyists included those who represented the defense industry. (Flynt - 15)

* Thatcher Longstreth, Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Longstreth had filed for divorce on June 6th, after 60 years of marriage! Once again, there is here the unspeakable interference of the Other Woman, the Councilman's Chief of Staff, Melanie Hopkins, age 51. His office personnel say that they plan to marry. (PMI)

* Donald Lukens, Ohio: In a conversation secretly videotaped by a Columbus television station last November, Republican Donald Lukens talked with Anna Coffman, an unemployed widow, in a fast-food restaurant about his relationship with the woman's daughter, now 17. "I couldn't understand a man in your position, why you're messin' around with these teenagers," said Coffman. Replied Lukens, who turns 58 this week: "I didn't really know she was a teenager. I do now, of course." (Time 2.13.89)

* Bonnie Martinez, Montana: Divorced former state representative. (AASP)

* Jon Matthews: The conservative talk show host is being investigated by police for alleged indecency with a child. (ABC)

* John McCain, Arizona: Has a reputation as a politician who has difficulty keeping his pants zipped, according to Republican sources. He acknowledges that his adultery broke up his first marriage. His second wife Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran. (SC)

* Mitch McConnell, Kentucky: His daughter Claire, is accused of abusing students. "The first sign of trouble came last year when one couple learned their daughter had been strapped into her chair with a leather belt. Since then, more than a dozen parents have removed their elementary school youngsters amid complaints about disciplinary tactics by one of the teachers at Hawthorne Valley. Punishment included tying the hands of students and taping their mouths shut if they misbehaved." (ATU, 7.17.03)

* Jim McCrery, Louisiana: Was a closeted homosexual who supported an anti-gay agenda. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* John McKay, Florida: During a divorce, his wife accused him of having an affair with a young telecommunications lobbyist. The newspapers ran with it. A week later, McKay admitted he was involved with the woman, resigned as chairman of the state's powerful Ways and Means Committee but denied he gave any special treatment to the lobbyist. The two later wed. (CNN)

* John McLaughlin, television pundit: He's been accused of sexual harassment by several female employees, settling a suit out of court with one in 1989. (FAIR, 8.94)

* Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman and former Bush administration official: Is allegedly a closeted homosexual who has been extremely homophobic while in the public eye. (BlogA, 11.10.05)

* Guy Milner, Florida: Married not once, not twice, but three times. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Susan Molinari, New York: Divorced & remarried (to former NY congressman Bill Paxon). (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox: Another fine program brought to you by Rupert Murdoch and Fox: "The Fox network will air a special next month, "Who's Your Daddy?," where a daughter given up for adoption as an infant attempts to guess the identity of her birth father for a $100,000 prize. Activists in the adoption community immediately attacked the special, which will air for 90 minutes Jan. 3." (SOSD, 12.16.04)

* Sue Myrick, North Carolina: In 1989, Myrick was running for a second term as Charlotte mayor when news reports revealed that she committed adultery with a married man in 1973. (Dem, 8.11.03)

* State Senator Drew Nixon: In 1997 was arrested and convicted of soliciting a prostitute who turned out to be an undercover police officer. (QR, 8.15.03)

* Jim Oberweis, Illinois: Divorced Senate candidate. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Bill O'Reilly, television pundit: Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly and his former associate producer, Andrea Mackris, have agreed to settle their dispute over her allegations that the television personality harassed her sexually. In a case filed earlier this month, Mackris alleged that O'Reilly, who is married, made explicit phone calls to her in which he recommended she use a vibrator, described sexual fantasies involving her and masturbated. (CNN, 10.28.04)

* Bill Owens, Colorado: Killed a 28-year marriage. Devout Catholic who made "family values" the mainstay of his platform had to back out of keynote speeches to ultra-con groups such as Focus on the Family. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Bob Packwood, Oregon: Former Oregon Sen. Packwood set all records for sexual harassment while serving in Congress for more than a quarter-century. The old goat apparently made a sexual play on every pubescent female left alone for more than two minutes with the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Packwood resigned in the fall of 1995 after the Ethics Committee voted for his expulsion from the Senate. The committee released 10,000 pages of evidence against Packwood, much of it detailing his sexual abuse and harassment of women. The committee found Packwood sexually harassed at least 17 women, mostly Senate employees, campaign workers and others "who were effectively powerless to protest in the face of his position as a United States senator." Twenty-nine women had accused Packwood of sexual misconduct. (TO, 1997)

* John Paulk, Focus on the Family: A self-proclaimed "former homosexual" who works for antigay Christian media behemoth Focus on the Family--gets caught in a Washington, DC, gay bar and loses his leadership position on the North American board of ex-gay-ministry network Exodus International. (AFO, 1.12.01)

* John E. Peterson, Pennsylvania: Accused of forced kissing and unwelcome groping of women (a page, a staffer and a lobbyist) in the workplace over a decade. (Flynt - 52)

* Dan Quayle, former vice president: On March 6, 1981 the Wilmington, Delaware News-Journal reported that Paula Parkinson, a Washington D.C. agricultural lobbyist took a Florida vacation, and shared a cottage, with Quayle and Republican Congressmen Thomas Evans and and Tom Railsback. Parkinson, who later posed for Playboy and claimed affairs with at least 5 Congressmen, was apparently a very persuasive lobbyist; she was then fighting federal crop-insurance legislation and all three voted against it. Quayle denied having sex with her, and she confirmed that, though only because she was sleeping with Evans at the time. However, she said about Quayle that "We flirted a lot and danced extremely close and suggestively. He said he wanted to make love." In his own defense, Quayle said: "I hope there's some respect and dignity for things I did not do." So what's worse - cheating on your wife or dirty dancing with another woman and trying to cheat on your wife, but getting rejected? (SC)

* Ronald Reagan, former president: Jane Wyman divorced Reagan, alleging "mental cruelty." (PBS) Divorced from actress Jane Wyman; married actress Nancy Davis -- but not before allegedly bedding a bevy of Hollywood starlets while still married. When not estranged from all four children, was emotionally absent for most of their lives. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Ralph Reed: When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his "family values" agenda, calling gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children." But now, a broad federal investigation into lobbying abuses connected to gambling on Indian reservations has unearthed evidence that Reed has been surreptitiously working for an Indian tribe with a large casino it sought to protect--and that Reed was paid with funds laundered through two firms to try to keep his lucrative involvement secret. (Nation, 7.12.04)

* Judith Regan, publisher: Strongly condemned Bill Clinton for his affairs with Monica Lewinsky, but later engaged in an affiar with Bernard Kerik. (Eschaton, 12.13.04)

* George Roche III, president of Hillsdale College: George Roche III, president of Hillsdale since 1971 and a fund raiser who topped $325 million during his tenure by tapping conservative wealth, resigned shortly after his daughter-in-law, Lissa Roche, committed suicide on the campus following her revelation to Roche's son, George IV, that she had had an affair since 1980 with George III who had divorced his wife of 44 years in April 1999 then surprised everyone with an October 1999 second marriage which quickly dissipated into a separation followed a few weeks later by a reconciliation which precipitated Lissa's confession in what had to be some kind of awkward moment of confrontation among the four aforementioned players. (JWR, 11.29.99)

* Nelson Rockefeller, former vice president: In 1964, Rockefeller emerged as the clear favorite for the presidential nomination. His divorce and remarriage in 1963, however, brought about a decline in his popularity that he was not able to overcome. (AmP)

* Beverly Russell, leader in the Republican Party, the Christian Coalition and Pat Robertson's presidential campaign: caused the breakup of Susan Smith's parents' marriage, resulting in her father's suicide when she was 6 years old. This might have caused her stepfather to do everything possible to give her support and make up to her some of the horror and turmoil she had experienced, but not Beverly Russell. He began molesting her when she was 15, all the while aware that she was emotionally fragile (she had attempted suicide two years before). Smith later killed her own children. (NWW, 8.7.95)

* Jack Ryan, Illinois: Illinois Senate candidate Jack Ryan dropped out of the race Friday amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his once-promising candidacy to implode in four short days. In those records, his ex-wife, "Boston Public (news - web sites)" actress Jeri Ryan, said Ryan took her to kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans and tried to get her to perform sex acts with him while others watched. (AP, 6.26.04)

* Dominick J. Salfi, Florida: Divorced former circuit court judge. (AASP)

* Joe Scarborough, Florida: Divorced wife in 1999. Scarborough got a divorce. Then he suddenly resigned from Congress, just six months after re-election. (Invoked old fallback excuse of wanting to "spend more time" with children.) Then he suddenly resigned as publisher of the Independent Florida Sun. Then, just as suddenly, Lori Klausutis, 28-year-old staffer to Scarborough, was found dead in Scarborough's district office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Date was July 20, 2001. Cause of death: Blow to the head. Conclusion: Heart condition caused her to collapse, fall, hit head on a desk, and die. Story barely a blip on the radar. Lots of people left with lots of questions. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Dan Schaefer, Colorado: Divorced member of Congress. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* David Schippers, impeachment counsel: Had his own secret mistress for 25 years -- and he had the nerve to bring her to the Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings! Nancy Ruggero was a young secretary in his office nearly Monica Lewinsky's age when their affair began in the early 1970's. Schippers, now 69, had 10 children with his wife of 45 years, Jackie, whom he called "his one and only sweetheart," on 60 Minutes. Moreover Schippers, who originally trained for the priesthood, is a "papal knight" - one of only several hundred in the world - and told the New Republic that adultery is, indeed, a mortal sin. (Dem, 8.11.03)

* Laura Schlessinger, conservative television/radio personality: Has not spoken to her mother since the late 80's. "Does not see much" of her younger sister. Hired her mother as a secretary. She quit after Laura told her to "learn how to type." Has enocuraged her husband to forget his family... "My husband HAD a prior family. And I figured I went through 12 hours of labor and a C-section. I figured, I'm going to name this thing anything I want, and I said, 'Lew, do you have any problem with the last name Schlessinger? ' He said, 'No.'" Speaks out against birth control in any form, and yet has had her tubes tied. Shows an open disrespect for women who choose to have children AND jobs. And yet she is herself a working mother. Says that you should save yourself for marriage, stay married once you are married and that adultery is just plain wrong and that women who sleep around are "sluts." Has admited to having sex before marriage in college. Is herself divorced, despite enocuraging many disatisfied wives to stand by their men, no matter what. Had an affair with another man while she was married. Had an affair with her current husband while he was with his previous wife. Posed nude for pornographic pictures. (RLA)

* John Schmitz, Colorado: Extreme right-wing activist. Fathered two out-of-wedlock children with a student. Daughter is Mary Kay LeTourneau, schoolteacher now in prison for having sex with 13-year-old student, who fathered two children by her. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Ed Schrock, Virginia: Abruptly announced his retirement, citing unspecified allegations that "called into question my ability to represent the citizens of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District." The two-term Republican did not answer questions or address the allegations. A Washington-based activist claimed on his Web site that Schrock engaged in homosexual activity, but offered no evidence. Schrock has refused to confirm or deny the allegations for two weeks. Schrock is married and has an adult son. Michael Rogers, the blogActive publisher, accused Schrock of being a hypocrite for opposing gay-rights issues. (blogA, 8.31.04)

* Larry Jack Schwarz, Colorado: Custer County Sheriff Fred Jobe said the investigation began about three weeks ago when his office received allegations that Schwarz "might be in possession of pictures and material of sexual exploitation of children." There are three alleged victims, all of whom were family members living in the Schwarz home when the incidents reportedly occurred, Jobe said. (RMN, 12.5.01)

* Arnold Schwarzenegger: Six women who came into contact with Arnold Schwarzenegger on movie sets, in studio offices and in other settings over the last three decades say he touched them in a sexual manner without their consent. In interviews with The Times, three of the women described their surprise and discomfort when Schwarzenegger grabbed their breasts. A fourth said he reached under her skirt and gripped her buttocks. (LAT, 10.2.03)

* Gordon Shadburne, Oregon: His first scandal was sending a letter on county stationery to local fundamentalist churches, preaching that homosexuality was "the stronghold of Satan." Not a big deal, but a bit excessive. But when he was found to have used county money to take his sweetheart shopping in Edmonton, Alberta (of all places) the papers had a field day and he was forced to resign. Because, as you've guessed by now, his sweetheart was a man. And here's the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say: Reporters first started wondering because one of Shadburnes top aides was openly gay; he actually wrote the gay rights law that Shadburne later opposed. True to form, Shadburne fired this highly respected former county commissioner, offering him 4 week's severance pay if he wouldn't talk to the press. This caused another aide to quit. Then a number of sources reported that Shadburne had homosexual affairs himself. Most prominent was the testimony of Shadburne's ex-wife during mediation proceedings. The County Auditor issued a report criticizing Shadburne for paying his long-time friend and former roommate $29,000 in nine months as an independent contractor, despite very poorly documented hours and questionable work output. Shadburne's friend was during this time one of the highest paid public officials in the county, working from home; the commissioners themselves only made $33,000 a year. Finally, the roof caved in. Shadburne quit his commissioner post amid allegations of cocaine use and pile-on orgies during a county-paid business trip, and was convicted twice of using county money for personal business. (SC)

* Bud Shuster, Pennsylvania: Shacked up with a transportation-industry lobbyist, put her on his payroll, and voted any way she wanted him to. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* David D. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group: Was arrested in his hometown of Baltimore and charged with a misdemeanor sex offense. Sinclair owns WPGH, the Fox affiliate in Pittsburgh, and programs most of WPTT. The Baltimore Sun reported that Smith, 45, was arrested Tuesday night in an undercover sting at a downtown corner frequented by prostitutes. Sinclair issued a statement that Smith's arrest was unrelated to company business and "The company will continue to operate under the direction of its current management." (Eschaton, 4.30.04) Sinclair is ran by David Smith, who in the mid-1970s was a partner in a company called Cine Processors, according the Los Angeles Times, which cites public records and a former partner in the company as sources. David E. Williams, Smith’s partner in the business, told the Times that Cine Processors’ sole business was the development of 8mm pornographic films. According to Williams, the film company went out of business in 1975 or 1976 after police confiscated film and other materials during an obscenity raid. Baltimore police officials were unable to locate records of the raid, citing the decades since the raid took place as the reason why. (LAT, 10.27.04)

* Alan Stangeland, Minnesota: Married father of seven swore that the several hundred long-distance phonecalls made to female aide in 1986-87 -- and charged to his House credit card -- were not evidence of a romantic relationship. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Jimmy Swaggart, televangelist: Consorted with a prostitute. (ChT, 9.13.04)

* Bill Thomas, California: Affair with healthcare lobbyist Deborah Steelman. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice: Accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Strom Thurmond, South Carolina: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a 78-year-old retiree living in Los Angeles, says former Sen. Strom Thurmond, a onetime segregationist, fathered her when he was 22 and living in his parents' home. Her mother, Carrie Butler, 16 at the time, worked as a maid in the Thurmond home. (AP, 12.16.03)

* John Tower, Texas: Boozing, philandering, messy divorce (from wife number two), and appearing in a newspaper while wearing a Superman costume, reportedly while drunk. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* Mike Trout, radio host: He worked for anti-gay group Focus on the Family and admitted to cheating on his wife. (AFO, 1.12.01)

* Robin Vanderwall, Virginia: A third-year law student at Regent University, who helped run several successful campaigns for local Republicans, was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with two counts of soliciting sex with a minor over the Internet. (ACS, 1.14.03)

* Thomas A. Varrell, New Hampshire: Divorced state legislator. (AASP)

* Sol Wachtler, New York: Had longterm affair while he was married. She broke up with him. He started stalking her, threatening her, and once even sent a condom inside a greeting card to her 14-year-old daughter. When he threatened to kidnap the girl, Mom called the FBI; they tapped her phone, and nailed him. Wachtler and his mistress were step-cousins by marriage. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* John Warner, Virginia: Dumped first wife Catherine Mellon (she of the ultra-right-wing and obscenely wealthy Mellon-Scaife clan) -- from whom he won a $7 million divorce settlement -- for Elizabeth Taylor. Married Liz in '76; separated in '81; divorced in '82. (Salon, 1.1.04)

* J.C. Watts, Oklahoma: Allegedly while a teen, he sired two out-of-wedlock children with two different women. Abandoned his sister, who had problems with drugs. Once she was arrested, he turned his first visit with her in more than a year into a photo opportunity. (Flynt - 50)

* Keith Westmoreland, Florida: Arrested last week in Florida on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to minors under 16. (Tenn, 6.18.02)

* Reverend Stephen White, anti-gay crusader: Faces charges that he solicited sex from a teenage boy in a Philadelphia suburb. (Yale, 10.23.03)

* S. Vance Wilkins, Virginia: Rather than defy a chorus of party leaders calling for him to step aside, he relinquished his post as the state's most powerful legislator because of sexual harassment allegations. The 65-year-old Republican, sounding despondent at times, told reporters in a telephone conference call that his decision was best for the party. (AP, 6.14.02)

* George Will, conservative columnist: Soon after the alleged incident, Will and his wife separated, then later divorced. (Salon) Committed adultery against his first wife, Madeleine; Will's divorce left his wife with their Downs syndrome daughter. (Dem, 8.11.03)

* Steve Wilsey, Focus on the Family: One of Focus on the Family's youth conselors and a man who was considered a mentor to kids, was convicted Dec. 19 of one count of "sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust." The judgment came after prosecutors charged Wilsey with molesting an 8-year-old boy--the son of another FOF employee--over a period of 16 months. (AFO, 1.12.01)

* Robert K. Wilson, Ohio: Divorced former state party treasurer. (AASP)

* Charles Wingate, Colorado: Convicted on 16 felony counts and two misdemeanor charges. He was nailed for bouncing checks, charging pizzas to his state-issued credit card, and stealing and pawning city-owned equipment, including his city-owned computer. Because he was also a habitual (some might suggest addicted) Internet porn surfer -- using, of course, his city-owned computer, on city time. He was also sued for failing to pay off his campaign debts. (Salon, 1.1.04)



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