The Top 10 Conservative Sex Scandals

The conservative side of the political spectrum has attempted to use their version of morality for nearly 30 years as a way of winning elections. Although both sides and the center certainly have their sex scandals, when they are done by the so called ‘family values’ Christian Conservatives, it is especially hypocritical. From the last few years, here are the top 10 examples of conservative sex scandals.

10. State Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield)
March 03, 2010

This story just broke last week, and is the perfect way to start this list. Ashburn is a “Traditional Family Values” conservative who has made a lot of headway organizing anti-gay marriage rallies. He was recently stopped by the Sacramento Police and given a DUI after leaving…you know it…a gay bar.  A couple days later, the true extent of his homophobic hypocrisy was revealed when he admitted he was gay.

9. Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
July 09, 2009

Ensign fought for a federal constitutional amendment to prohibit same sex marriage, is a member of the Pentecostal International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, resides at the tax exempt C-Street religious house in Washington, D.C., and is a proud member of the Promise Keepers, an evangelical group. Thus it should have been no surprise when he caught with his pants down, not only having an affair with a campaign staffer, but bribing her and her husband to keep it quiet.

8. Rep. David Vitter (R-LA)
July 2007

Vitter is a staunch conservative. Despite his vocal outrage of the recent Acorn scandal, he was identified as a client of “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s prostitution service in Washington, D.C.

7. Former State Rep. Roland Corning (R-SC)
Oct 28, 2009

Roland was the assistant Attorney General in South Carolina, when the married man was caught with a stripper, sex toys, and viagra in a cemetery. The wife of the officer who detained him worked for the same office, and Roland was released without charge. To his credit, at least he wasn’t caught having sex with a horse (another SC tradition).

6. State Rep. Bob Allen (R-FL)
July 11, 2007

Allen was the Florida Chairman of John McCain’s Presidential Campaign and “one of 21 Florida legislators to sign Gov. Jeb Bush’s friend-of-the-court brief supporting the state’s ban on gays adopting children, and he co-sponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have enhanced penalties for “offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts” such as indecent exposure.” What happened next? Allen was busted trying to buy oral sex from an undercover cop in the restroom of a public park.

5. Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)
June 11, 2007

Craig was a Senate liason for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and fought against adding hate crimes against LGBT folks into law. Again demonstrating conservative hypocrisy, Craig was busted and plead guilty for soliciting sex from an undercover cop in a Minneapolis airport bathroom.

4. Glenn Murphy Jr.
July 28, 2007

Murphy was the Natl. Chair of the Young Republicans and a GOP political consultant who urged conservative candidates to use gay marriage as a wedge issue in order to tout their “traditional values”.
I guess traditional values for Murphy meant giving a passed out Republican friend “mouth-to-penis resuscitation”, and he was charged with sexual battery.

3. Ted Haggard
November 2006

Pastor Ted was the founder of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs and Association of Life-Giving Churches. He was also a leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, a conservative christian organization. A powerful force in the evangelical movement, Haggard participated in weekly meetings with President George Bush (R-Merica) and top advisors where he gave spiritual advice. He taught that homosexuality was an abomination and actively lobbied against gay rights. Quite hypocritical when it was revealed that he was having a repeated gay affair with a male prostitute while using methamphetamine.

2. Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC)
June 18, 2009

A rising star in the conservative movement and possible 2012 Republican candidate, Sanford suddenly disappeared from his post for nearly a week. Despite persistent rumors that he was actually on the annual Nudists Hike on the Appalachian Trail, turns out he was in Argentina, on the taxpayers dime to visit his girlfriend. His wife was not happy.

1. Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL)
September 28, 2006

Mark Foley was the Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children and one of the biggest social conservatives against child pornography in the Senate. His crusade hid a dark secret however when it was revealed that he had been sending sexual emails and instant messages to teenage boys in the Congressional page program for more than 10 years.


15 Responses to The Top 10 Conservative Sex Scandals

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  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Jack Robertson
    March 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

    You see, the reason there are no liberal sex scandals is because they never claimed to have morals in the first place, therefore there is no normal behavior for them from which to deviate. Anything goes.

    Ole Ole Olson, these “conservatives” mentioned in this article painted their own targets on themselves, and you took aim and fired. Rightfully so. They are hypocrites. Just PLEASE don’t lump all conservatives in the same category (you know the buzzword: stereotyping). We’re not all rich, eccentric sexual predators.

    If I’m not mistaken, Senator Larry Craig was from Idaho, not Montana. Not that it makes a difference, really.

    • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      March 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Jack, the thing that makes it appalling is their stance about being morally superior. John Ensign ripped Larry Craig a new one after he was caught in a Minneapolis airport stall in lewd acts, but poof, then Ensign gets caught months later.

      This is in regards to social conservatives, which tend to make up the vast majority of the Republican Party. These may or may not be economic (Borrow and spend) conservatives too, or foreign policy (war hawk) conservatives.

      The only thing for certain is that these guys are self proclaimed conservatives, just like their bases, and they claim to be “better” than everyone else morally.

      by the way, you are correct about where Craig is from. My mistake, and I’ll correct the article. Thank you for that.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Jack Robertson
        March 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm

        You are EXACLY right! That’s what makes them hypocrites! I’m a conservative across the board. But people who spout conservative ideologies and then do the opposite deserve their come-uppins when they get caught. The thing that disturbs me more than seeing conservatives attacked for their moral beliefs are the people who placed themselves in a compromising position to be attacked in the first place. They deserve exactly what they’re delt, including your article.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1chef
      March 14, 2010 at 5:46 am

      If you aren’t rich… why are you a Republican?

      • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jack Robertson
        March 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

        Who said I’m Republican, ignoramus! Republicans are hypocritical sell-outs.
        I’m CONSERVATIVE, not Republican. If wealth were the standard for Republican Party membership, there wouldn’t be a Democrat in office. They’re ALL stinkin’ rich and none of them are in touch with main street America. None of them! Don’t be decieved.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Marc
      March 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Yes the Catholic Church had a lot of moral constraints too, Galileo paint a target on himself too. But just because republicans THINK they are more morals doesn’t make it so. Superfluous moral values were an inherent part of the dark ages.

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jack Robertson
    March 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Too much power, too much money, too much time on their hands. Most people can’t handle that without screwing things up, regardless of whether they’re left or right.

  4. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Kevin J Jones
    March 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

    You left out the motherlode: the Craig Spence prostitution/blackmail ring in the G.H.W. Bush White House. The ringleader actually took underage male prostitutes on a late-night tour of the White House. The story was broken by the Washington Times, back when conservatives were capable of criticizing Republicans.

    It took down several GOP’ers, including the #2 in the WH personnel office. Spence claimed to have close connections with Bush’s national security advisor.

    The GOP leadership and mid-level operatives have rarely been serious about moral conservatism, whose natural home is among the Democrats. Vulnerability to blackmail is one reason for their unseriousness.

  5. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ryan
    March 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Larry Craig was Idaho, not Montana.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1JJ
    March 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Craig is from ID, and the dailyshow clip sin’t linking anymore…

  7. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    March 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks guys, I must have had a brain fart when I wrote this. Apologies to my friends in Montana for my mistake.

  8. Vote -1 Vote +1Joshua Crane
    March 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    What about the guy who went naked hot tubbing with a 15 yr old?

  9. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Toy Dawg
    March 13, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Why do people even bother with an article like this? I have an update for everyone: MOST of the elected morons in Washington are horny, cheating, greedy, self-centered, money-grabbing, skirt-chasing hypocrites who are collectively destroying this country. It doesn’t matter whether they have an “R” or a “D” next to their name.

    Let’s face it. The “R”‘s and “D”‘s have each had their share of weasels. To single out one party as being worse than the other is just plain dumb (or blindly partisan).

  10. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1sexycamgirl
    March 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

    It seems to be that instead of doing whats right for the people they are doing whats right for themselves and exploiting their power for sex. We wonder why our government is so screwed up and things aren’t getting done to many politicians having sex.

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