Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Three Republicans deal with legal fallout of sex scandals in one 24-hour news cycle, giving new meaning to the term GOP (Gross Old Perverts)

Utah Rep. Jon Stanard
Republicans put on quite a display of their "family values" recently, according to an article at the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR). In one 24-hour news cycle, three Republicans were hit with legal issues connected to sexual misconduct. And that did not include another GOPer's use of public funds to help pay for trysts with a prostitute -- in one of our most conservative states. That missed the list only because it came just before the infamous news cycle.

Gee, imagine how bad it would be if conservatives weren't so virtuous. Madsen dubbed them the GOP (Gross Old Perverts), and the phrase seems to fit. From the article at WMR:

Within a 24-hour news cycle, three top Republican officials in three states were mired in legal trouble stemming from sex scandals. One, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, was arrested. Rhode Island State Senator Nicholas Kettle resigned as he faced certain expulsion from the body. In Louisiana, Secretary of State Tom Schedler was accused of sexual harassment and stalking.

These three latest sex scandals follow dozens of others that have abruptly ended the careers of Republican politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures across the country. The party that claims to represent "family values" and "Judeo-Christian" ethics has been found to be the party of anti-gay closeted homosexuals, pedophiles, and those who engage in the "rough trade" of bondage and sadomasochism.

Madsen notes the "Party of Lincoln" has become the "Party of Marquis de Sade." Then, he provides plenty of evidence to back it up, starting with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who has been the subject of numerous posts here at Legal Schnauzer. (See here, here, here, and here.)

Governor Greitens was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury on February 22 for felony invasion of privacy. In 2015, before being elected governor, Greitens blackmailed a woman after he took a photograph of her in his basement while she was nude and blindfolded with her hands bound. Greitens threatened the woman that he would publicize the photo if she ever spoke about their affair. Greitens was scheduled to appear at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, DC, where it was expected he would have ample opportunity for a photo op with Donald Trump, who is facing his own multiple accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.

Greitens, an ex-Navy SEAL, is Missouri's first Jewish governor and the Republican Jewish Coalition immediately came to Greitens's defense. The Israeli media began reporting on how Greitens's arrest was hard on the governor's wife Sheena and his two sons, Joshua and Jacob.

Tom Schedler, like Greitens, comes from a reliably red state:

Secretary of State Schedler is accused in a lawsuit of sexual harassing a female state employee for over ten years. Schedler is also accused of stalking the employee by going as far as buying a home across the street from her residence, sending her sex videotapes, and ordering state security employees to monitor her activities. Schedler also ordered state employees to run official state data searches on the woman's boyfriend and publicize the results.

Then, we have Nicholas Kettle, from blue-state territory:

State Senator Kettle resigned from the Rhode Island Senate a week after his arrest for twice extorting sexual favors from a male page in 2011, as well as engaging in video voyeurism by bartering nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend and a New Hampshire woman without their consent.

As for the Gross Old Pervert who fell outside the news cycle, that would be Utah Rep. Jon Stanard, who resigned his position on Feb. 6. From Salt Lake City Tribune article on Feb. 8:

A British newspaper reported Thursday that Rep. Jon Stanard, R-St. George, resigned abruptly Tuesday after he met a Salt Lake City call girl twice for sex, and it released racy texts that it says he sent to her.

The Daily Mail of London said call girl Brie Taylor alleges Stanard paid her for sex during two business trips to Salt Lake City in 2017. Taylor asserts he paid her $250 for each of the one-hour sessions in June and August — on dates when the Legislature held interim meetings.

Stanard is married and voted for stricter laws against pornography. He also said on his website — which has since been deleted — “I am a strong advocate for conservative family values. I am pro life, as well as for traditional marriage.”

"Traditional marriage," in Stanard's world, apparently includes having a few prostitutes on the side. Here's more from the Trib:

Taylor alleges Stanard first approached her March 7, 2017 — near the end of last year’s general session of the Legislature.

He allegedly wrote: “Looking at your website. Can you meet?”

In a second text he added: ‘Would need to be tonight. Only in town a little. Anytime. Can do in or out. At hotel in downtown SL.”

They exchanged a string of messages but Taylor was unavailable because her 10-year-old son was sick.

He messaged her again the following month but she was again unavailable, and they met for the first time at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City on June 20.

Where did it go from there? The Trib tells us:

Taylor said: “I already knew who he was because I screen all my clients using a phone number service and I Googled him.

“He opened the door and he was very nice. He was a gentleman.

“We chatted just briefly and then I got changed out of what I was wearing into lingerie.

“Then the adult stuff started to happen.”

She said she had researched who he was online, and they talked about his work as a representative.

“He said he comes up to Salt Lake a lot and he would like to see me again. He said he never does this sort of stuff in St. George because it is really culturally strict down there.”

According to the newspaper, the escort of three years, who has appeared in porn films, says Stanard returned on a business trip that summer and they met at the same hotel on Aug. 22.

“He doesn’t drink so we didn’t do anything like that,” she said, “but during that session they were trying to pass medical marijuana so we talked about that.”

Those Republicans, always trying to mix business with pleasure. Stanard was so nailed that even his lawyer couldn't figure out a way to lie about it:

The Daily Mail said that Stanard’s attorney, Walter Bugden, told it, “Given the current climate in this country with misconduct allegations and the way things are happening in the media right now, there isn’t any explanation that my client could give that would overcome the shadow of these allegations.”

Madsen puts things in perspective of the long-running GOP "family values" charade -- and he notes that more scandals are brewing, involving Donald Trump and his supporters:

A sex scandal involving Kentucky Republican State Representative Dan Johnson -- who committed suicide last year after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year old female teen in 2013 -- resulted in an 80-point swing to a Democrat in last week's special election to fill his vacant seat. Linda Belcher won handily over the GOP's Rebecca Johnson, the widow of the late representative. Trump won the district in 2016 with 72 percent of the vote.

In the past year, other GOP sex scandals involving underage sex saw prison sentences for former Kentucky state judge Tim Nolan and former Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey for the sexual trafficking of minors. Shortey was also initially charged with possession of child pornography but that count was dropped in a plea deal with the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Both Nolan and Shortey were state-level officials of the Trump presidential campaign.

Sex scandals have also recently seen the end of other Republican political careers in Pennsylvania, Texas, Alabama, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Kentucky, which include the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

WMR continues to pursue leads in the 1994 child rape allegations against Trump and his friend, billionaire investment banker Jeffrey Epstein. We are also investigating a story concerning a suspicious death surrounding aberrant sexual behavior and a sitting pro-Trump member of the U.S. House.


Anonymous said...

The notion of Republicans having family values is one of the biggest jokes ever pulled on the public.

Anonymous said...

I love this part where the guy from Utah used campaign funds to pay for the hotel room he used with a hooker. Typical Republican -- sleazy and cheap . . .

"The Salt Lake Tribune found that Stanard paid $225 to Fairfield Inn, using campaign funds, on Sept. 22. That is not one of the days listed by Taylor; it is a payment date and not necessarily the date of a stay. Utah law bans any personal use of campaign funds."

Anonymous said...

Trump is the most gross old pervert (GOP) of all.

Anonymous said...

@9:44 --

What the guy from Utah did sounds criminal to me.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:54 --

It sounds criminal to me, too. Using campaign funds to help pay expenses for a hooker? Sounds like putting campaign funds to personal use. Believe that was an issue in the Bentley case in Alabama.

Anonymous said...

These guys wouldn't be Republicans if they weren't cheaters. It's in their DNA.

Anonymous said...

This part about the guy from Utah made me LOL:

"Stanard is married and voted for stricter laws against pornography. He also said on his website — which has since been deleted — “I am a strong advocate for conservative family values. I am pro life, as well as for traditional marriage.”

Anonymous said...

The guy from Rhode Island tried to extort sexual favors from a male page, while trying to barter nude images of his ex-girlfriend and another woman, without their consent. We're talking here about one sick f--k.

Anonymous said...

Republicans can't govern? Well, no wonder -- they are too busy being gross old pervs.

Anonymous said...

Makes you feel all warm inside to know people like this are taking care of the public's business.

rebiblican family values said...

When you move in right up close to me
That's when I get the shakes all over me
Quivers down my back bone
I've got the shakes down the kneebone
Yeah havin' the tremors in the thighbone
Shakin' all over

legalschnauzer said...

@10:41 --

Wow, you've got good taste in music. Those are lyrics from "Shakin All Over," a great Guess Who tune from 1965. I think this predates Burton Cummings' time in the band. Probably was when they were known as Chad Allan and the Expressions. Anyway, great song.

Anonymous said...

Democrats never do anything like this.

Anonymous said...

Those are lyrics from "Shakin All Over," a great Johnny Kidd & The Pirates tune which was covered by The Guess Who and The Who^ among others.

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over 1960

legalschnauzer said...

@2:00 --

I thought the song originated with the Guess Who. Had not heard the original version, by Johnny Kidd & Pirates version. Thanks for sharing. Also, didn't know The Who had covered it. That song has had quite a life.

Sounds like the Guess Who version came out about the time of Beatlemania. But the original dates to 1960? Wow. The song is not too far from celebrating its 60th birthday. That's staying power.

Anonymous said...

@11:25 --

I don't recall Democrats touting their family values with every other breath. That makes a difference.

Anonymous said...

The Who covered Shakin All Over when they played a concert at Leeds. I'm not sure but that might be the only time a recording of their cover version was released (not sure due to there has been a metric crap ton of rarities freed lately).

Anonymous said...

Roger - not to fault your journalism here, but you could have just for fun gone one step further and reminded us of the legislator from Missouri who resigned due to an affair. I can't remember his name, but he was an insurance agent, had a girlfriend who wanted to marry him and showed up at his house only to find the guy's wife. She had a sex tape of the dude which she leaked to the press, and he had to resign to keep the tape private. The tape had him "donald ducking" - i.e., walking around like Donald Duck with a shirt but no pants.

You wrote about this a couple of years ago. Remember that? I don't recall the dude's name, but he was another family values Republican.

legalschnauzer said...

@11:53 --

Yes, I remember that case. Don't remember the guy's name, but I think he was House Speaker, the Mike Hubbard of Missouri. Jeff City has had all kinds of sex scandals in past 10 years or so.

This post was mainly about GOPers who got in trouble in a recent 24-hour news cycle, plus one that was near that news cycle.

Anonymous said...

Who was Don Gosen?

Ex-Rep. Don Gosen Resigned Because He Cheated on His Wife

The newest girlfriend who reportedly believed Gosen was divorced was talking marriage with Gosen. She believed that he agreed to a destination wedding in an exotic location. When she pushed Gosen for a wedding date so she could get invitations printed and mailed to friends he had problems. At that point my main source claims Gosen broke off the relationship.

That did not end things. The girlfriend want to get back with Gosen and drove to his house which has the address listed on several websites connected with him being a state rep. The story goes she was wearing some sexy boots, an overcoat and nothing else when she rang the doorbell only to be greeted by Mrs. Gosen.

Running into the Missus apparently made the woman so mad that she went straight to the publisher of an "internet news website" that covers Jefferson City politics. Still citing his anonymous sources, Hoffmann writes that she handed over sexts and sex video, but the unidentified publisher instead made a deal with Richardson, promising that the material would not be released as long as Gosen resigned.

e.a.f. said...

couldn't stop laughing when they declare, "traditional marriages, traditional family values". given these are American politicians, they might be correct in what they say, given the number of them having been caught in what many of mainstreamers might consider "non-traditional"; but if enough of them are doing it, then that is the tradition for that group. You list 3 who have been caught, recently. Then there all those in the past, those who have not been caught, those who were able to "buy" their way out of it all. Nope I would suggest philandering American political style is an American Tradition. We could start with the current philanderer in chief, Trump. Couldn't stop laughing at Seth Myers and Stephen Corbetts shows on 7 March. One suggested Ms. Daniels has dick pics and the other penis pictures of Trump. No this bad behaviour is a tradition going back to the early "fathers" of the Union, one who had a slave as his mistress.

Yes, you got it right about what G O P stands for these days. At least with polygamists you know what they stand for.

if the American public wants to buy into that "family/traditional" values b.s. the politicians put out, fine. They are the same group who might be interested in this lovely bridge I have to sell, over the entrance to the Vancouver harbour.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how to search your site, so not sure if you have weighed in on this or not amid your numerous posts about cheating republican men. Have you reported the Nashville mayor sexual and theft scandal?

legalschnauzer said...

The box for a site search is in the upper left-hand corner of the blog's front page. No, I haven't reported on the Nashville mayor.

Anonymous said...

Why not report that story? Surely it is newsworthy to a journalist such as yourself?

legalschnauzer said...

@8:37 --

Hah! I get criticism for running too many sex-related stories, and you want me to run another one. The Nashville mayor story is newsworthy, but I think it has been adequately covered elsewhere. I've never claimed to be the guy who is going to cover every scandal on the map. Anything involving a mayor usually is a localized story, and Nashville is not in my primary coverage area -- Alabama, Missouri, or something that has national or international impact.

I tend to focus on stories where I can provide reporting or analysis that you aren't likely to find elsewhere. I don't see much I can add to the Nashville story that isn't already out there.