Tag Archives: scandal

Aaron Schock Says Goodbye To Empty House, Compares Himself To Lincoln

Well, both ARE rumored to have slept with men, so…

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Vatican Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Who Confessed To Sex With Priests

Via the Huffington Post: Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was accused of sexually harassing several men in a scandal that exploded on the eve of the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis, has renounced the “rights and privileges” of his office but gets to keep his prestigious title, the Vatican announced Friday (March 20). O’Brien did not take part in …

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Feds Launch Schock Investigation

The FBI and federal prosecutors in Illinois have launched an investigation into the finances of soon-to-be former Rep. Aaron Schock. Schock in recent days announced plans to resign, citing controversy surrounding allegations that he improperly accounted for travel and other contributions from donors and reimbursements for campaign use of a personal car. But the probe managed by prosecutors in the …

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HomoQuotable – James Kirchick

“Gay men want Schock to be gay because, well, they want him. More importantly, they also want him to be gay because it would fit into a convenient narrative about gay conservatives: that they are all morally compromised, self-hating, untrustworthy sellouts. What really angers the gay mob is that Schock is conservative. By trivializing a serious story of corruption with …

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Frank Rich: Give Aaron Schock A TV Show

“Back in the day, Groucho Marx used to ask if a vaudeville act “will play in Peoria?” — the theory being that Peoria was the ultimate barometer of mass Middle American taste. Schock, as it happens, represented Peoria, a bedrock conservative district, and there is little evidence to suggest that his hijinks, transgressions, and ambiguous sexuality offended his constituents whatsoever. …

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Matt Baume On Aaron Schock

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Tweet Of The Day

Details. UPDATE: Another interesting quote from the above-linked interview: “What this is really about is that Aaron is a little different, you know. He wears stylish clothing and yet he’s not gay. And he’s not married. And he’s not running around with women. So everybody’s throwing up their arms. They can’t figure out Aaron so he must be crooked. So …

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Maddow On The Fall Of Aaron Schock

Like many, Maddow doesn’t think we’ve heard the full story.

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BREAKING: Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns

Politico has the breaking news: Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is resigning his seat in Congress. The 33-year-old Republican has been dogged by questions about his spending of taxpayer and campaign dollars. On Monday afternoon, POLITICO posed a lengthy set of questions about charging the government and his campaign tens of thousands of dollars in questionable mileage reimbursements. “Today, I am …

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Roy Moore’s Son Busted On Drug Charges

Caleb Moore, the apparently still-partying son of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, has been arrested yet again on drug possession charges. According to court documents, officers responded to the 1200 block of Allen Street in Troy to a report of an attempted home break-in. They found five men, including Moore, outside near a pickup truck that smelled strongly …

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Even More Trouble For Rep. Aaron Schock

Via Blue Nation Review: Embattled Congressman Aaron Schock used a shell corporation last year to complete a real estate transaction arranged by and financed by Schock’s political supporters and campaign donors — raising troubling new questions about whether he received favorable terms on the purchase price and financing, and whether he repaid the donors with legislative favors and purchases from …

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Aaron Schock: I’m Not An Attorney But I Certainly Hope I Didn’t Break The law

Embattled GOP Rep. Aaron Schock yesterday spoke to Politico in what the outlet describes as an “evasive” and “defensive” interview. The question to Rep. Aaron Schock was simple: Do you think you’ve broken any rules or federal laws? But the scandal-plagued congressman did not have a definitive answer. “Well, I certainly hope not,” Schock said. “I’m not an attorney.” The …

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KANSAS: Staffer For Anti-Gay US House Rep Busted On Child Sex Charges

Family Research Council BFF and US House Rep. Tim Huelskamp (above) is best known around here for his attempts to block marriage equality and LGBT rights. But the “family rights” advocate now has a major in-house problem. Via Topeka’s CBS affiliate: A staffer for a Kansas congressman is in jail charged with 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. …

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DOJ To File Multiple Corruption Charges Against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

Via USA Today: The Justice Department is expected to bring criminal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., involving his relationship with wealthy donor Salomon Melgen and accusations that the senator improperly advocated for the business interests of the Florida eye doctor in return for gifts, according to a person familiar with the matter. The charges are expected within the next …

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Cardinal Edward Egan Dies At Age 82

Cardinal Edward Egan, a longtime foe of LGBT rights and the former Archbishop of New York, has died at the age of 82. Egan was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 p.m. after going into cardiac arrest, Archdiocese officials say. Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese, told NBC 4 New York Egan seemed fine when he was …

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OREGON: Democratic Gov. John Kizhaber Resigns In Scandal Over His Fiance, Successor Kate Brown Is Openly Bisexual

Via Bloomberg: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s almost four-decade political career fell apart Friday, as he heeded calls from fellow Democrats to resign after a scandal involving his fiancee’s use of his office to generate business for her energy-consulting firm. Kitzhaber, a 67-year-old re-elected to a fourth term in November, announced his departure in a news release. Secretary of State Kate …

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Jeb Bush Web Guru Resigns In Scandal

Via the Washington Post: Jeb Bush accepted the resignation late Tuesday of the digital guru he had recruited for his likely 2016 presidential campaign after racially insensitive comments the aide previously made surfaced and threatened to undermine Bush’s bid for the White House. Ethan Czahor, who had been hired as chief technology officer for Bush’s Right to Rise political action …

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Schock Spox Resigns

That didn’t take long.

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NEW YORK: Dem Assembly Speaker To Be Arrested On Corruption Charges

Federal authorities are expected to arrest Democratic New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today on charges of corruption.Via the New York Times: The investigation that led to the expected charges against Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, began after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March …

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MINNEAPOLIS: Archdiocese Declares Bankruptcy, Freezing Molestation Suits

Via the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune: The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday, becoming the 12th in the nation to say its treasury cannot withstand the unprecedented wave of lawsuits from clergy abuse victims. The move freezes lawsuits against the church, protecting the archdiocese from creditors while allowing it to develop a reorganization plan. It …

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