Friday, October 20, 2006

Another GOP Sex Scandal

This time it's about sexual harrassment:

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), already enmeshed in the ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) page scandal, now faces a new controversy as a former staffer has sued his office for sexual harassment.

Elizabeth Scott, Alexander's former scheduler, claims that Royal Alexander, the Congressman's chief of staff, "engaged in a course of misconduct" that included "inappropriate sex-based comments, ogling and touching" and "sexual advances," according to Michael Hoare, Scott's attorney. Scott told the Congressman of his aide's alleged improper behavior but the Louisiana Republican took no action to correct the situation, Hoare said....

Scott said she was demoted from her position as scheduler to staff assistant by Royal Alexander in May 2006 when "she complained of possible sex discrimination" by him. She met with the Congressman shortly after that and informed him about the alleged improper behavior by his chief of staff, according to Hoare. Rodney and Royal Alexander are not related.

Scott eventually left the office at the end of June, saying it was "intolerable" for her to work there any longer.

The Rodney sexual harrassment scandal comes on the heels of the Foley page scandal/GOP House leadership cover-up, the Heather Wilson (R-New Mexico) "not actual child-fucking" scandal, the Jim Gibbons (R- Nevada) attempted rape and murder scandal, and the various Abramoff/Delay/Ney and Randy "Duke" Cunningham defense contracting scandals.

Gee, it's hard to keep track of all these things without a scorecard.

RBE I want to do the scoreboard, but I can't find a spare week.
The thing that gets me about the sex scandal aspect is the abuse of power, talking non-consenual of course.
It really does present a picture of alarming arrogance and lack of personal self control.
Just the mix for people who see themselves fit to run the countries affairs.
Well, perhaps this year they'll spare us some of the sanctimony they cruised in on. Probably not, though.

I recall something about the folks who brought us Diebold promising paper trails for those machines in 06. I wonder why they never followed up.

Hopefully, the new House will do something about that.
Unfortunately, we are far from the end of potential corruption scandals. A friend who worked for one of the more powerful men in our state's government, and who was reputed to know the dirt on almost everyone, told me about a list she had seen of men a particular (female) US senator had had affairs with in her rise to power, and the fact that the same woman, who is a very vocal opponent of abortion rights, had had one herself. I don't care to identify the woman because I, myself, haven't seen any proof of the allegations, but I strongly suspect they are true because of the source.

I say all this is unfortunate, because it has convinced my mother (and a lot of other voters) that "They're all crooks," so it's futile to find and support candidates that at least offer the possibility of reform. That seems to be an intended consequence, though, just as appointing incompetants to public office is used to "prove" the ineffectiveness and inefficiency of governmental control.
Well said, cartledge. The one thing I would add is that it seems to also present a "Hey - we run EVERYTHING in Washington so what the fuck are you going to do about it" attitude.

Oh, wait - that's arrogance and you already mentioned that!

We never did get the paper trails, nyc. Instead we got the election reform law that require states to run more elections on electronic voting machines w/ no paper trails.

kicksiron, I think that is the intedned consequence of the GOP governing and campaign strategy - turn out their own happy base and turn off everybody else (so they won't vote.)

The Founding Fathers would be proud, eh?
When I was a journalist in my early 20s, a lot of the politicians I covered hit on me...there's something that connects politics and sex, I'm convinced.
Elizabeth, In Australia it has been openly acknowledged that politics is an aphrodisiac. But I think it comes back to that psychology of power. Probably with a touch of poor self image.
I bet that was true of politicians on both sides of the political spectrum too, elizabeth - sleaze knows no ideology.
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