THE KISSING CONGRESSMAN

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This week Louisiana voters were shocked to see a video showing married Rep. Vance McAllister in a passionate kiss with his district scheduler, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock.  Peacock, who is also married, was a cosmetologist before she joined McAllister’s staff.  The kiss was recorded on a surveillance camera in the Congressman’s office, but it’s not […]

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CONFESS OR DENY?

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To confess or not to confess? Every politician caught in a financial, voter fraud, sex, or any other kind of scandal faces this question.  For sex scandals, where the odds of surviving are virtually zero, politicians have to decide whether to leave office or attempt damage control. As soon as the Craiglist Congressman’s photo became […]

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FEAR OF FLYING

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For three weeks now, the media has kept a focus on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 307 and its 239 passengers.  People wonder what happened, if terrorists were involved, where the wreckage might be, and even how much damages the suffering families of the passengers may collect.  Every day brings new headlines about the […]

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OTHER SCANDALOUS NEWS

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There’s been something of a lull in news about political sex scandals since last fall’s New York primary.  Perhaps politicians learned a lesson from how voters rejected the attempts by Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner to re-enter political life.  They may have learned that they need to stop engaging in illicit sexual relationships.  More likely, […]

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BACK IN THE NEWS

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It’s a little hard to believe that anyone could take seriously Rand Paul’s comments about the media giving Bill Clinton “a pass” on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  When news of the scandal broke in January, 1998, in three days The New York Times and The Washington Post ran 106 stories about the affair. Fourteen years […]

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“IT ONLY SEEMS THAT POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS RAMPANT”

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Last week the New York Times ran an article assuring readers that although it may look like there are a lot of political scandals going on, “It only seems that political corruption is rampant.”  For example, only three members of the House of Representatives pleaded guilty to or were convicted of crimes in 2013.  On […]

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IT’S DIFFERENT OVER THERE

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This week, French voters faced the important question of what to do about their president François Hollande. Apparently Hollande (pictured above) is using an apartment near the Élysée Palace to meet an actress 18 years younger than himself. Pres. Hollande is in a committed relationship with Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist for the magazine Paris Match. […]

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DON’T GET DEPLETED!

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When voters learn about politicians who tweet salacious pictures, party with Charlie Sheen in Mexico, or spend campaign funds on Michael Jackson memorabilia, they wonder how a smart person with a lot to lose could do such a thing. In other words, they wonder What was he thinking? One explanation for a politician’s self-destructive behavior […]

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WRAPPING UP 2013

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Lots of events in 2013 reminded voters of how important political sex scandals can be. Here’s a brief wrap-up of some of the year’s highlights. Eliot Spitzer. In September, the former governor of New York lost the primary to become comptroller of New York City. Spitzer’s loss confirmed once again that voters rarely forgive politicians […]

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WILD TIMES AT THE CAPITOL

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It’s hard to imagine that the Capitol Building in Washington, DC could be used like the Playboy Mansion. But not so long ago, Congressmen and Senators had secret rooms in the Capitol that they used for very non-governmental business. In his book Wheeling and Dealing, former Secretary to the Majority Leader of the Senate Bobby […]

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