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)
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
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.