Thursday, February 28, 2008


Another moralizing Republican politico goes "oops"

One of the ongoing sources of wonder, to me, is the number of Republicans who take falls over sexual behavior. I almost said “misbehavior,” but it isn’t, really. If people do it, without any coaching or coercion, chances are a behavior is normal. The problem seems to be that for the last decade or so, the Republicans have boxed in the definition of “normal” sexual behavior so that almost anything beyond the missionary position, between a man and a woman who are married to each other, when they’re only trying to make children is considered abnormal—if not criminal.

So, being essentially normal human beings, the Republicans get caught when their hypocrisy is revealed. Serves them right, yeah.

Scandal-Ridden, Homophobic DA in Lawrence v. Texas Case Forced to Resign
By Pam Spaulding, Pam's House Blend
Posted on February 27, 2008, Printed on February 27, 2008

"I think that this Court having determined that there are certain kinds of conduct that it will accept and certain kinds of conduct it will not accept may draw the line at the bedroom door of the heterosexual married couple because of the interest that this Court has that this Nation has and certainly that the State of Texas has for the preservation of marriage, families and the procreation of children. "Even if you infer that various States acting through their legislative process have repealed sodomy laws, there is no protected right to engage in extrasexual - extramarital sexual relations, again, that can trace their roots to history or the traditions of this nation."

-- Houston District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, in arguments to the Supreme Court in 2002's 'Lawrence v. Texas' case.

Oopsie. Chuck unfortunately got into a bit of a hypocritical mess after the discovery of sexually explicit videos on his office computer, along with racist jokes and sexy emails to his executive secretary. (Newsweek):

Last December, as part of a federal civil rights lawsuit into how justice is meted out in the county, he turned over the (partial) contents of his government e-mail account. And what a batch of e-mails it was. Black ministers called for the Republican to resign because of racist material, including a cartoon depicting an African-American suffering from a "fatal overdose" of watermelon and fried chicken. There were adult video clips and love notes from Rosenthal to his secretary, his mistress during a previous marriage. "I love you so much," Rosenthal says in one. "I want to kiss you behind your right ear," he says in another. "Go spend time with your family," she admonishes him back.

Now listen up you Republican Sexual Hypocrites out there -- when you get busted doing hanky panky on the office PC, you can't delete the contents -- they are subject to e-discovery. Hand Rosenthal the Royal Duncecap, since he thought his massive e-deletions were not going to be detected, then he lied about it. So he's out of a job AND faces going the clink. So sorry...

In the wake of the e-mail revelations, local GOP leaders forced him to abort his re-election bid. Then, on Feb. 15, after Lloyd Kelley, the attorney in the civil rights case, brought a lawsuit accusing him of drinking on the job and "incompetence, or official misconduct," Rosenthal resigned. But his problems may not be over. As eye-opening as his e-mails were, it's the ones that disappeared that might cause him more trouble yet. Rosenthal deleted thousands of e-mails (even going so far as to delete them from the trash folder) that investigators in the civil rights case wanted; his actions could lead to obstruction of justice charges (the messages were destroyed after he had received a subpoena for them, he admitted in court). And during a contempt of court hearing earlier this month, Rosenthal appeared to contradict his sworn statements about the e-mails, leaving him open to perjury charges. The hearing was abruptly adjourned at the request of his lawyer and is scheduled to resume March 14. If found in contempt, the former top prosecutor could wind up in jail.

How do you think Rosenthal explained his behavior? It sounds all too familiar...

In an earlier statement to the press about the content of the e-mails, Rosenthal said, "I deeply regret having said those things ... This event has served as a wake-up call to me to get my house in order both literally and figuratively." On Feb. 15, in response to the new lawsuit, he blamed a combination of prescription drugs for causing "some impairment" of his judgment.

Hat tip, Dan

Pam Spaulding blogs at Pam's House Blend.
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