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Gay Alabama Lawmaker Threatens to Expose Affairs Over Gay Marriage Ban

I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have. I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.

— Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd (D) warned her colleagues there would be consequences if they continues to oppose same-sex marriage, the Times Daily reports.

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Candidate Pays Almost $300,000 to Consulting Firm that Doesn’t Exist

$292,000

Amount Arkansas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R) disbursed to Right Solutions Partners for “fund-raising consulting,” the New York Times reports. “But here’s the catch: It’s not clear that such an entity actually exists. It has no presence on the Internet, it appears that no other campaign is paying it this year, and it has no office at the Washington address listed on the articles of organization filed with the city last year.”

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Craig’s ’07 Arrest in Sex Sting Continues to Cost Him

$242,535

Amount a federal judge in the District of Columbia has ordered former Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) to pay to the Department of the Treasury in relation to his 2007 arrest in a Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting, Roll Call reports. The Federal Election Commission filed the complaint against Craig in 2012, alleging he illegally converted campaign money for personal use because the legal expenditures were not “made in connection with Mr. Craig’s campaign for federal office.”

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Don’t Do the Crime Unless Your Girlfriend Will Do the Time

Some people would call it chivalry, some people call it sexism — that the man should come forward and not let the woman do time on his behalf.

— U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, quoted by the Miami Herald, who gave former Rep. David Rivera’s (R-FL) friend, Ana Alliegro, a one-year jail sentence.

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And Lo, the Lord Abandoned McDonnell

All I can say is my trust belongs in the Lord.

— Former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), quoted by the Washington Post, leaving the courthouse after being convicted on 11 corruption charges.

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Perry Not Sure What He’s Been Indicted For

I’ve been indicted by that same body now for I think two counts, one of bribery, which I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t really understand the details here.

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), quoted by the Houston Chronicle, talking about the indictments against him of which bribery was not one.

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Grimm’s Prospects Looking Grim

On top of all that I have an election to win.

— Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), quoted by the New York Observer, at a press conference after his indictment on federal fraud charges.

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Grimm Gets Gruff with NY1 Reporter

Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f**king balcony.

— Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), to a NY1 reporter who asked him about the investigation into his campaign finances after the State of the Union address.

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Christie’s Approval Rating Remains High

59%

Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval rate, with just 32% disapproving, a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll shows. In addition, 52% say they don’t believe Christie was involved in the plot to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ by creating a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, while 34% believe he was involved.

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Why Conservative Republicans Aren’t Defending Christie

You’re going to see conservatives returning the favor he gave them over the last year. There’s no love lost between Chris Christie and conservatives.

— GOP strategist Rick Wilson, quoted by National Journal, adding that Christie “goes out of his way to be a dick to other Republicans.”