CREW Wants Records on John Ensign’s Affair

John EnsignSpeaking of CREW (and we were): While the ethically-challenged ex-Senator from Nevada (turned veterinarian) John Ensign didn’t make CREW’s “Most Corrupt Members of Congress List” this year (as he has in years past), CREW is hardly finished with him yet:

Watchdog Wants Records on Senator’s Affair
By Iulia Filip, reprinted with the kind permission of Courthouse News Service (more…)

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The Hypocrisy Files: Dear Conservative Americans…

Kevin Garn“You can’t preach and try to legislate ‘Family Values’ when you: take nude hot tub dips with teenagers (and pay them hush money)…

Utah lawmaker [Kevin Garn] quits over hot-tub revelation

“…cheat on your wife with a secret lover and lie about it to the world…

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Valarie Hodges (R-TeaBigot, La.) Pulls School Voucher Support After Being Reminded “Religious Freedom” Includes (Eeeek!) Islam

Valarie HodgesValarie Hodges is one of the Teabaggiest Teabaggettes in the state of Louisiana. She’s nothing unusual in that part of this severely divided land mass, as Louisiana — despite its willing to allow wild wantons to flaunt their heterosexuality in the streets, while keeping the throats of gays and women (gay or straight) under the jackboot of completely irrational oppression — is as politically backwards as a state can get, short of Alabama and Mississippi. And Virginia. And North Carolina. (more…)

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Chip Pickering Sued in Year-Old Kiddie-Soccer Scuffle

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When last we left chubby-cheeked (and now vaguely Dan Quaylesque-looking) C-Streeter & apparent adulterer Chip Pickering, he’d just been accused of punching out a youth soccer coach.

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Subpoenas Fly as Ensign Ethics Probe Ramps Up

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A few of Ensign’s former aides have been slapped with subpoenas. Details: Politico.

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Jenny Sanford: Wouldn’t Have Stayed With Guv If He’d Asked

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Continuing to milk her victimhood for all its worth (don’t get us wrong — we approve) — no doubt due to her book, slated for publication in May, 2010 — wronged wife of South Carolina governor and laughingstock Mark Sanford did an interview (scheduled to air Wednesday night) in which she told Barbara Walters “she wouldn’t have stood with Gov. Mark Sanford when he faced cameras to tell the world about his affair with an Argentine woman,” even if he’d asked her to.

Details: ABC News.

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Chip Pickering Reportedly Punches Out Youth Soccer Coach

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The fun just never ends in the Pickering family! Details: TPM.

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There is a God! “The Family” C Street House Stripped of Tax-Exempt Status

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Details: WaPo.

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Mommy & Daddy Ensign May Have Paid Off Johnny’s Mistress, But Throw Weight Behind Harry Reid

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Thanks to Sex Scandal, John Ensign Campaign Practically Broke

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Practically broke by comparison, anyway: Politico.

Our hearts bleed. Not.

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New on Our Radar: David Vitter Hypocrisy Watch

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Jamie Franks (D-Miss.): Haley Barbour Tried to Hide Donation from Pickering to Vitter

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Backstory:

Haley Barbour Keeps It All in the C Street Family
October 3, 2009

Louisiana Dem Party to File FEC Complaint Re Barbour-Pickering-Vitter Money Mess
October 5, 2009

The Barbour-Pickering-Vitter money mess is heating up.

Former Mississippi House Rep. Jamie Franks released the following statement today (October 8, 2009): (more…)

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Coburn Spooked, Does 180 on Ensign: Will “Doc Deacon” Squeal Like Piggy-Wiggy? “You Bet!”

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Backstory:

Hypocrite of the Week: Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Uses Religious ‘Privilege’ to Hide What He Knows About John Ensign’s Sex Scandal, October 4, 2009

Rachel Maddow: Tom Coburn, Caught in Lie, “Dragged Down Into the Gutter with John Ensign,” October 5, 2009

October 7, 2009

Something has gotten to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who just days ago was citing religious and medical “privilege” to excuse himself from spilling what he knows about Sen. John Ensign‘s (R-Nev.) sex scandal. Actually, a whole lot of somethings have gotten to Coburn, not the least of which is finding himself in the crosshairs of both the U.S. Justice Department and the Senate Ethics Committee.

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Louisiana Dem Party to File FEC Complaint Re Barbour-Pickering-Vitter Money Mess

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Backstory:Haley Barbour Keeps It All in the C Street Family,” October 3, 2009

Politico‘s got the dirt.

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Rachel Maddow: Tom Coburn, Caught in Lie, “Dragged Down Into the Gutter with John Ensign”

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See also: “Hypocrite of the Week: Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Uses Religious ‘Privilege’ to Hide What He Knows About John Ensign’s Sex Scandal

C Street, C Street, and more C Street: Coburn “personally negotiated the financial deal, trying to get Ensign the best possible price for his sins.”

Must-watch wraps with interview with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.

Of particular interest: damning new revelations about “The Family” involvement of Republican Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (you were warned about appointing him, President Obama!):

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Hypocrite of the Week: Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Uses Religious “Privilege” to Hide What He Knows About John Ensign’s Sex Scandal

Tom CoburnIf this is how it works, we should all drop what we’re doing to get ordained online, so we can claim “privileged communication” and never be forced to testify against anyone, ever!

Jacob M. Appel at HuffPo:

Dr. Coburn’s Peculiar Privilege

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Ensign: Senate Ethics Probe is On

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October 2, 2009

Mike “Spanky” Duvall might be off the hook, albeit temporarily, but John “Daddy’s $96,000 to My Mistress Wasn’t Hush Money!” Ensign (R-Hypocritonite, NV) has just begun his journey into the fun-filled world of Senate ethics investigations.

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Diaper Dave Vitter + ACORN Hooker Sting = Big-Time Blowback

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In a nutshell— or, rather, in an acorn: You don’t get all self-righteous and call for an investigation into a prostitution sting when your name is synonous with “D.C. Madam John.”

Well, you wouldn’t do something so dumb, but then you’re a whole lot smarter than hypocritus maximus David Vitter.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) press release explains all: (more…)

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Haley Barbour Keeps It All in the C Street Family

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Some funny money goings-on amongst the C-Streeters:

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s political action committee reported giving $5,000 to Sen. David Vitter, R-La., the same week it accepted an identical amount from former Rep. Chip Pickering of Mississippi. …

Is it just a coincidence? …

“No comment,” said Austin Barbour, who is treasurer of his uncle Haley’s PAC…

Lots more at CQPolitics.

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Newsweek Revisits C Street; Members Run Damage Control

September 8, 2009

…[M]y e-mail began to fill with missives from people in Washington, complaining about how one-sided the coverage of the Fellowship was. I picked up the phone and called [Doug] Coe for some clarification. He declined to speak with me: I was able to reach some surrogates. …

Read the full article, “House of Worship.”

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