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Friday, May 15, 2015

Somebody needs to attach a fiscal note to his abortion budget: A vasectomy is way cheaper.

There's a new Republican moralist to add to Waldo's Wall of Sexual Purity:

Wednesday, 242 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to outlaw abortions taking place after 20 weeks gestation. Among them, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), who has defended his ex-wife having two abortions, and who pressured one of his mistresses to have an abortion after she told him she was pregnant.
“Congressman DesJarlais was proud to vote in favor” of the 20 week abortion ban in Congress this week, Robert Jameson, a spokesperson for the member of Congress, tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press. DesJarlais, a respected physician from Jasper, “has always advocated for pro-life values,” Jameson adds.
Meanwhile, DesJarlais’s website asserts that, “all life should be cherished and protected. [DesJarlais] has received a 100% score by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the oldest and the largest national pro-life organization in the United States.”
Members of the Tennessee and national press have combed through the 675-page court transcript from DesJarlais’ 2001 divorce, and found that he “had sexual relationships with at least two patients, three coworkers, and a drug representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn. During one affair with a female patient, DesJarlais prescribed her drugs, gave her an $875 watch, and bought her a plane ticket to Las Vegas.” One of DesJarlais’ mistresses admitted to the press that she had smoked pot with him, explaining that, “Scott was just a regular guy.” Politico reports that DesJarlais’ ex-wife accused him of pulling out a gun during an argument.
Moreover, DesJarlais admitted in court to pressuring a woman, with whom he was having an affair, and who was 24 years his junior, to have an abortion as well. In court, however, DesJarlais’ lawyer pressed the woman in question to admit she had never been pregnant in the first place.
Stephen Greer, attorney to DesJarlais, asked the sitting congressman’s former mistress, now on the witness stand in a court of law: “You apparently weren’t pregnant, were you?” he asked.
“Yes,” the woman shot back. “I was.”

And here's the other charter members:

South Carolina:
State Rep. Nelson Hardwick, R-Horry, resigned Tuesday evening in the middle of his sixth term after an investigation by the House Speaker’s office, which now appears to have become part of a criminal probe. 
Hardwick was accused to sexually harassing a female House staff member, according to four lawmakers who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the investigation. 
A criminal investigation into a lawmaker has begun after the House Speaker’s office sent information to the S.C. Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General’s office turned over the information SLED for a preliminary investigation, spokesmen for both agencies said on Wednesday. They declined further comment. 
The nature of the House’s investigation into Hardwick was not disclosed by an attorney for the House Speaker’s office. Documents will be released Thursday.
Hardwick said, in a statement, he resigned "to focus on my health." A South Carolina scandal blog (so right-wing it labels Hardwick a "Republican") added this snark: 
UPDATE IV: Money quote from S.C. State House source regarding Hardwick resigning over alleged inappropriate advances toward women: “If house members had to resign for that we wouldn’t have any left.”
Text messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl and a college freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program that shut down abruptly last month. 
The conversations unveil a flirty rapport and suggest an intimacy between arguably the state’s most influential lawmaker and a young woman taking some pleasure in a secret association. 
Missouri House Speaker John Diehl 
The texts show occasional efforts by Diehl and the intern to meet in person. They range from mundane chatter, about boring meetings and dreading speeches, to the more sexually suggestive. 
Diehl initially declined to comment. But about six hours after the story was posted online Wednesday morning, he issued a statement admitting the relationship. 
“I take full responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry to those I let down,” Diehl’s statement said. “I apologize for the poor judgment I displayed that put me and those closest to me in this situation. I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation. The buck stops here. I ask for forgiveness. I will begin immediately working to restore the trust of those closest to me, and getting back to the important work that is required in the final days of session.” 
UPDATE: Diehl resigned from the legislature this week.

LUBBOCK, Texas — An apparent stripper in Oklahoma has filed for a protective order against a Texas Republican state senator who likened what he called America’s “spiritual battle” to the Holocaust. 
The clerk in Creek County, Oklahoma, confirmed Tuesday that a request for an order had been issued against Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock, Texas.The clerk said the document couldn’t be released since it hadn’t yet been served. 
But the woman seeking the protective order posted a photo of it on Twitter, where she describes herself as dancer at a gentlemen’s club. 
Perry’s office in Austin didn’t return messages. His Tulsa-based attorney wouldn’t comment. 
While being sworn in to the Senate in September, Perry alluded to the Holocaust while suggesting the U.S. government perpetuates “laws that lead citizens away from God.”
A Vermont state senator has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of sexual assault and three misdemeanors of prohibited acts, the charges arising from what police describe as a sex-for-rent scheme involving several unwilling tenants.
Prosecutors allege Sen. Norman H. McAllister, R-Franklin, over a period of several years sexually assaulted two women who were his tenants and employees, and that he attempted to solicit a third woman. That woman called police this week, launching a fast-moving investigation that by Friday was reverberating throughout the state capital of Montpelier.
The allegations, explained in sometimes graphic detail in court papers, shocked the governor and McAllister's Statehouse colleagues, several of whom witnessed his arrest outside the Capitol on Thursday evening.
McAllister, 63, of Highgate was arraigned shortly after 11 a.m. Friday in Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans. He was charged with three counts of sexual assault and three of prohibited acts. The charges carry a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

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