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GOP Adulterers Trump and Fiorina Have No Business Attacking Other People’s Marriages

Left:  Donald Trump with third wife, Melania, and their son, Barron; right: Carly Fiorina with second husband, Frank, on the campaign trail
Left: Donald Trump with third wife, Melania, and their son, Barron; right: Carly Fiorina with second husband, Frank, on the campaign trail

Given the Republican Party’s irresistible urge to poke their noses in the Clintons’ private lives — they spent millions of taxpayer dollars investigating the then-First Couple in the In the 1990s and then spent million more on a failed impeachment over a sex lie Bill told under oath — it is not surprising that the 2016 GOP candidates are raising Bill Clinton’s infidelities as a way to attack his wife.

Republicans also have a tendency to crow about the value of “traditional marriage” while simultaneously cheating on their spouses — we have been cataloging the hypocrisy of these GOP adulterers for the past decade.

Now we’re adding two more to the list.

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Notorious GOP Adulterers in Senate, Vitter and Craig, Reintroduce Federal Marriage Amendment

A New Low in Republican Hypocrisy Has Been Reached

This is not a joke. A pair of Republican U.S. senators who disgraced themselves with extramarital affairs have signed on as sponsors of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would prohibit same sex marriage anywhere in the United States.

The senators are David Vitter of Louisiana, who admitted he consorted with prostitutes over a long period of time, and Larry Craig of Idaho, who pleaded guilty to a charge of soliciting sex in a men’s room.

Both Vitter and Craig were 2007 nominees to Pensito Review’s GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame.

The amendment states, “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

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Pensito Review’s 2007 Nominees to the GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame

2007 GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame Nominees

The Real Threat to Traditional Marriage Is Not Gay People, It’s Adulterers – Especially Republicans Like These Who Proclaim ‘Family Values’ While Breaking the Marriage Vows

At the outset of putting together the list of nominees for the GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame this year, Richard Melon Scaife was far and away the top candidate for the top spot. The 75-year-old billionaire bankrolled the $2.3 million “Arkansas Project” to dig up dirt on the Clintons’ marriage in the 1990s — at the same time that he was ditching his first wife in order to marry his mistress — is likely to lose half his $1.3 billion fortune in a divorce settlement with his second wife (the aforementioned former mistress) because she caught him having an affair with a 43-year-old former prostitute. As GOP adulteries go, there are few more vivid examples than that.

But Scaife got edged after we inadvertently ran across at least one adulterous period in the life of Ronald Reagan — and, no, Nancy was not involved. In 1938, when Reagan started dating his future wife, actress Jane Wyman, she was married to someone else. About 10 years later, when his marriage to Wyman was coming undone, Reagan lived on and off in the Garden of Allah Hotel on the Sunset Strip, where, he would later brag, he often woke up next to women whose names he couldn’t remember.

Also on this year’s list, Sen. David Vitter, the Louisiana family values huckster whose long history of consorting with prostitutes was revealed in the D.C. Madam scandal; Huckabee advisor Dick Morris, who was caught in the 1990s having his toes sucked by a prostitute, and no less than four married male homophobes — Sen. Larry Craig, Rev. Ted Haggard, Florida Rep. Bob Allen and Washington Rep. Richard Curtis — who got caught having sex with men (or trying to) — including three who paid for sex (or tried to) — Craig, Allen and Curtis.

Without further ado…

2007 GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame
NOMINEES

  • Ronald Reagan: Lived like a Hollywood playboy during his first marriage
  • Richard Mellon Scaife: Rightwing billionaire caught by his wife in LTR with a former hooker
  • Larry Craig: Homo-hating U.S. senator nabbed seeking sex in men’s room
  • David Vitter: Another senator with a morals agenda, his hid an irresistible penchant for prostitutes
  • Dick Morris: Current advisor to Rev. Huckabee, was embroiled in a prostitute scandal in the 1990s that involved toe sucking
  • Ted Haggard: Megachurch founder, Bush advisor and professional homophobe, he was outed by a male escort in 2006
  • Bob Allen: Homophobic Florida politician tried to buy sex from an undercover cop in the men’s room of a park
  • Richard Curtis: A rightwing gay-hating Washington pol who accused a hustler nicknamed “The Stallion” of extortion

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Bernard Kerik – Nominee, GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame

Coy Privette – Nominee, GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame

Though not well known outside of North Carolina, Rev. Coy Privette was perhaps the second most virulent homophobe — next to former Sen. Jesse Helms — in the nation’s tenth largest state.

GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame – 2007 Nominees

2007 GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame Nominees

At the outset of putting together the list of nominees for the GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame this year, Richard Melon Scaife was far and away the top candidate for the top spot. The 75-year-old billionaire bankrolled the $2.3 million “Arkansas Project” to dig up dirt on the Clintons’ marriage in the 1990s — at the same time that he was ditching his first wife in order to marry his mistress — is likely to lose half his $1.3 billion fortune in a divorce settlement with his second wife (the aforementioned former mistress) because she caught him having an affair with a 43-year-old former prostitute. As GOP adulteries go, there are few more vivid examples than that.

But Scaife got edged after we inadvertently ran across at least one adulterous period in the life of Ronald Reagan — and, no, Nancy was not involved. In 1938, when Reagan started dating his future wife, actress Jane Wyman, she was married to someone else. About 10 years later, when his marriage to Wyman was coming undone, Reagan lived on and off in the Garden of Allah Hotel on the Sunset Strip, where, he would later brag, he often woke up next to women whose names he couldn’t remember.

Also on this year’s list — Sen. David Vitter, the Louisiana family values huckster whose long history of consorting with prostitutes was revealed last year; Huckabee advisor Dick Morris, who was caught in the 1990s having his toes sucked by a prostitute — and no less than four married male homophobes who got caught having sex with men (or trying to) — including three who paid for sex (or tried to).

Without further ado…

2007 GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame
Nominees

  • Ronald Reagan: Lived like a Hollywood playboy during his first marriage
  • Richard Mellon Scaife: Rightwing billionaire caught by his wife in LTR with a former hooker
  • Larry Craig: Homo-hating U.S. senator nabbed seeking sex in men’s room
  • David Vitter: Another senator with a morals agenda, his hid an irresistable penchant for prostitutes
  • Huckabee advisor Dick Morris: Embroiled in a prostitute scandal in the 1990s that involved toe sucking
  • Ted Haggard: Megachurch founder, Bush advisor and professional homophobe, he was outed by a male escort in 2006
  • Florida Rep. Bob Allen: Homophobic politician tried to buy sex from an undercover cop in the men’s room of a park
  • Washington Rep. Richard Curtis: A rightwing gay-hater who accused a hustler nicknamed “The Stallion” of extortion

Standards

It’s not the sex, it’s the hypocrisy.

Nominees to Pensito Review’s GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame must be exemplars of conservative politicians or opinion leaders who promote family values and, especially, the sanctity of marriage, who also have sex outside their marriages.

2006 – Top 10 GOP Adulterers

Pensito Review’s GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame is a spin-off one of our most popular articles, The Real Threat to Marriage: Top 10 GOP Adulterers, which was published in June 2006.

The 2006 Top 10 GOP Adulterers list included George H.W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, Henry Hyde and Gary Bauer.

Rev. Ted Haggard – Nominee, GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame

Ted Haggard is one of four rightwing homophobes on the 2007 GOP Adulterers list who were outed recently for having extramarital sex with men — the four are Haggard, Sen. Larry Craig, Florida Rep. Bob Allen and Washington Rep. Richard Curtis — and Haggard is one of three — along with Allen and Curtis — who paid (or in Allen’s case tried to pay) for sex.

Haggard founded the New Life Church in Colorado Springs in 1984 and served as the president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) from 2003 until the scandal brought him down in November 2006. It was then that Mike Jones, a professional escort, outed him:

[Jones alleged] that Haggard had paid Jones to engage in sex with him for three years and had also purchased and used crystal methamphetamine. Jones said he had only recently learned of Haggard’s true identity, and explained his reasons for coming forward by saying, “It made me angry that here’s someone preaching about gay marriage and going behind the scenes having gay sex.”

Haggard acknowledged some, but not all, of the allegations, and was removed from all of his leadership positions in religious organizations, including the church he founded. At first, however, he claimed he had never met his accuser and in a television interview said “I am steady with my wife. I’m faithful to my wife.” But on November 5, in a statement Haggard said, “I am a deceiver and a liar. The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality…There is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life. … Please forgive my accuser … actually thank God for him. He didn’t violate you; I did.”

Jones later said that he was prompted to out Haggard after Haggard threw his support behind an anti-gay proposition on the Nov. 7, 2006, ballot in Colorado.

But for a lot of people in Colorado and in Christian nationalist circles, Haggard’s sex life was not news. Even Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), said he knew about Haggard’s secret life:

[Sheldon] told New York’s The Jewish Week that he and “a lot” of other people had been aware of Pastor Haggard’s same-sex behavior “for a while… but we weren’t sure just how to deal with it…. Ted and I had a discussion. He said homosexuality is genetic. I said, no it isn’t. But I just knew he was covering up. They need to say that.

(Sheldon and the Traditional Values Coaltion believe that gay people are not “persons” and therefore their rights are not protected by the Constitution. They have also been known to advocate killing gay people.)

Within days after Jones went public, Haggard was forced out of his position as the head of the New Life Church, and from the presidency of the NAE. He later went through a re-education session, after which he was proclaimed to be “completely heterosexual.”

When the scandal first broke, much was made of Haggard’s weekly counseling session with George Bush. As the scandal unfolded, the White House quickly distanced itself from Haggard, however. In mid-December, 2007, however a federal judge ruled that the White House would have to unseal visitor logs that show the frequency of visits by evangelical leaders to the White House.

If the White House complies, it will be interesting to see how often Haggard’s name appeared in the lists.

Huckabee Advisor Dick Morris – Nominee, GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame

Rev. Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who has ridden the media’s penchant for come-from-behind stories to the lead in pre-primary season polls in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida, was caught lying about the role that Republican political strategist Dick Morris is playing in his campaign

Asked by George Stephanoupolos [in early December 2007] if the bizarrely evil Dick Morris is consulting the candidate, Huckabee hummed and hawed as though Morris was merely a passing acquaintance. “Dick’s one of the smartest political minds, as you well know,” said Huckabee, describing Morris in a way in which the interviewer would likely differ, seeing that Stephanopoulos, in his White House memoirs (All Too Human), chose to characterize this smart political mind [Morris] as a “small sausage of a man” with “the look of a B-movie mob lawyer” — and, in Stephanoupolos’ most succinct estimation, simply an “insincere prick.”

However, Morris — a onetime advisor to Bill Clinton who is now a rabid Clinton-hater — is very much onboard the Huckabee express, according to the Politico, a rightwing media outlet:

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been holding private conversations with Dick Morris, according to aides, a long-standing relationship that is raising new questions as Huckabee’s campaign begins to take off…

Huckabee [became a client of Morris’] in 1993 when he advised the Republicam’s winning campaign for lieutenant governor.

Morris lately has been lavishing praise in newspaper columns and television appearances on Huckabee, whose polished debate performances and recent gains in the polls in Iowa have given him a chance to penetrate the top tier among the GOP candidates….

Morris’ public touts of Huckabee sometimes come with disclosures of his past working relationship with the candidate, but they do not mention that the two men still talk regularly — an omission that could raise eyebrows among journalistic ethicists…

Here is what is known: Morris and Huckabee confer with one another, according to two top Huckabee advisers — campaign manager Chip Saltsman and consultant Dick Dresner, who is himself a former business partner of Morris.

Why would Mike Huckabee seek to cover up his relationship with Dick Morris, even going to the extreme of lying about it on ABC’s Sunday morning political chat show?

Here’s why:

On the eve of the Democratic Convention in September 1996, Morris was forced to resign as head of Pres. Clinton’s reelection campaign after Sherry Rowlands, a call girl with whom he had a long-term for-pay relationship, sold her story to the supermarket tabloid “The Star” for around $50,000. In the article, Rowlands revealed that Morris had a fetish for toe sucking, a fact that will always have a place in the TMI hall of fame.

She also offered a glimpse into Morris’ marriage that may have some saliency today, if his phone number does appear on Palfrey’s list.

Asked about Morris’ wife, Rowlands said: “I’m sure this is hurting her, and was not meant to hurt her. He’s the one who hurt her, not me. . . . He loves his wife — that’s why he would pay me . . . to come see him. That makes him feel he is not cheating on his wife. This is business as long as he’s paying for it.”

Shorter: It isn’t adultery if you pay for it.

Huckabee’s position on marriage is clear:

  • I support and have consistently supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
  • As Governor of Arkansas, I led the successful effort to pass a similar state constitutional amendment in 2002.
  • As Governor of Arkansas, I led the successful effort to make our state only the third to adopt "covenant" marriage.
  • Our true strength comes from our families.

All of Huckabee’s lofty sentiments about the sanctity of marriage get tossed under the bus when it comes to winning in politics, obviously.

Washington State Rep. Richard Curtis – Nominee, GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame

While visiting Spokane to attend a Republican conclave in October, two-term state Rep. Richard Curtis took himself out for a night on the town. He made his way to an adult video store that had cubicles in the back where men were known to have sex. Many people would later recall him quite distinctly because he was the only person there dressed in women’s lingerie.

For Curtis, a proclaimer of family values who has voted against domestic partnerships for gays and opposed a bill that banned discrimination of gays — and who is 48 and married (to a woman) — partying at the video store arcade should have been enough excitement for one night.

But it wasn’t. Still clad in drag under his street clothes, Curtis stopped by the casino for a few hours. At about 3:30 a.m. he returned to his hotel — the swanky Davenport, where taxpayers were picking up his tab — with a new acquaintance in tow, Cody “the Stallion” Castagna, a professional escort.

Curtis and Castagna disagreed later about what transpired in room 968 at the Davenport in the wee hours that morning. Butaccording to the police report, Curtis admitted that he gave Castagna $100 and then had sex with him but insisted that the money wasn’t a fee for sex but just a gift “to help him out.”

According to Castagna, however, later in the evening Curtis asked for services not covered by the original “gift,” services that would cost $1,000. Castagna agreed to the new offer but then proceeded to break the first rule of whoredom: He failed to secure the fee before he provided the services.

After the next round of sex, Curtis apparently passed out cold. Castagna says that he was unable to wake Curtis and so took photos of the naked, sleeping Republican legislator as evidence of their encounter. He also took Curtis’ wallet.

When Curtis came to and found his wallet missing, he called the police and accused Castagna of extortion. During the investigation by police, Curtis’ room was searched and several interesting items were found, according to the officer who collected the evidence:

I saw a plastic sack which contained a light grey length of nylon rope, a plastic doctor’s stethoscope, and other items I could not immediately identify. Curtis told me they had nothing to do with the sex act and that the suspect had not handled them. Curtis said he did not want to show me those items in the sack.

As Pokey Anderson, writing at The BRAD BLOG, put it: Who says lawmakers can’t act quickly?

Republican leaders in Washington State moved rapidly to contain the scandal. Rep. Curtis submitted a resignation letter to Washington’s governor effective immediately (blaming “events that have recently come to light” as having “hurt a lot of people”). Curtis’ name was removed from the statehouse GOP web site within hours of his announced resignation. A Republican will be appointed to replace him in the legislature.

Earlier this month, police announced that they are pursuing extortion charges against the Stallion. Castagna’s attorney is outraged, saying his client may be a prostitute but he is not an extortionist.

Florida State Rep. Bob Allen – Nominee, GOP Adulterers Hall of Fame

In July, Bob Allen, a Florida state legislator who is married and has a child, was arrested in a park restroom near Titusville for soliciting sex for money from an undercover cop.

The bust went down like this:

The undercover police officer gave evidence that Allen twice peered over the top of a toilet cubicle he was occupying, then entered the cubicle.

They discussed payment for oral sex, but Allen was concerned the park toilet was too public.

As Allen then indicated to the police officer to follow him outside to his car, he was arrested.

After his arrest, Allen resigned as a state chair for presidential campaign of John McCain but vowed not to give up his seat in the legislature.

Elected in 2000, Rep. Allen has voting record of a fervent rightwing ideologue:

Representative Allen had sponsored a failed bill in the Florida statehouse earlier this year, the Lewdness and Indecent Exposure Bill, designed to increase the penalties for committing “unnatural and lascivious acts or exposure or exhibition of sexual organs committed within specified distance of certain locations.”

Since his election … he has been one of the most homophobic politicians in the Florida state senate.

He received the title of “Wicked Witch,” which is reserved for “The Worst of the Worst,” from Florida’s Rainbow Democratic Gay & Lesbian organization.

And:

Between 2003 and 2006 Allen voted with the Christian Coalition over 90 percent of the time. Allen has been endorsed by the Florida Right to Life Committee and this year he voted to impose a 24-hour waiting period on third-trimester abortions.

Allen serves on the House Agriculture & Environment Appropriations Committee, Environmental Regulation Committee, State Infrastructure Council and the Utilities & Telecommunications Committee. He is chairman of the Spaceport & Technology Committee.

On his House web page, Allen’s listed recreational interest is “water sports.”

After he was released on bail, Allen offered a seris of implausible explanations as varied “just checking the bathroom three times because I helped secure funding for the park” to “I was afraid of the guy because he’s black and everyone knows black people are dangerous.”

At his trial in November, the jury found Allen to be guilty. According to a news account, “The jury deliberated three hours and 20 minutes. After jurors filed out, Allen reached back into the gallery to touch his wife’s hand. She sat behind him Friday, as she had all week.”