Monday, December 4, 2017

Trump, Bannon, Gingrich Lead Long Republican Sex Misconduct List

By Jack Thor

    The reverberations of the MeToo movement that has helped topple numerous alleged sex offenders and male chauvinists – mostly Democrats or those who donate to that side in the entertainment, media and political industries – are still being felt. It’s clear they will be echoing throughout our society for years to come. For one, numerous office holiday parties are more subdued. Some men wonder if hugging or even saying, "Good morning," to a female colleague is now considered harassment. 

     Supporters of the movement say the pains are necessary to make changes in sexist, bigoted professions and areas of society. But one problem is that so far, they seem to be primarily targeting people in industries that are led by Democrats like media and entertainment. But more recently, there have been more Republicans and conservative donors held accountable, such as Alabama Senate candidate and alleged pedophile Roy Moore, who lost in a stunning upset to Doug Jones. Just a few weeks ago, I was lamenting how it appeared that the MeToo campaign, which started as something nonpartisan and sincere, seemed to be hijacked and manipulated as pawns in GOP dirty tricksters' Machiavellian scheme. But that has largely changed as Trump, Moore and other Republicans become targets.

    While they downplay their own candidates' sexual misconduct, conservatives are circulating somewhat misleading spreadsheets and stories of Democratic politicians and donors who are accused of sexual harassment, assault and related offenses. Some of those on the list that conservatives claim to be Democrats are not, such as Republican donor Roy Price. Others – like Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein - have given to and worked with people from both parties, including the GOP's leading evil genius, Steve Bannon. Many on the list are not accused of what they say. We’re dealing with supporters of Trump, who a study shows lies some 69 percent of the time

     That’s not to say that many didn’t commit wrongdoings – I support the targeting of most. It’s hard to say that each one of these perpetrators deserve to lose their jobs, careers and reputations. They are tainted, but their lives cover a long, complex body of work. Sen. Al Franken’s charges mostly seemed to come out of a Roger Stone-Bannonevil-genius, dirty-tricks smear campaign in which they enticed Democrats, the media, and the MeToo movement to do much of their heavy lifting, seemingly without the latter entities even realizing that they were being used. Longtime radio show host Garrison Keillor was publicly tarred and feathered based on what he said was one incident in which he touched a female colleague’s bare back, an episode he claimed was by accident. The large majority of other cases, from Weinstein to Matt Lauer, have multiple accusers, most of whom are publicly identified by name. 

     Some Dems fire back with a list of their own, but that one is largely outdated. So in the interest of providing some updated balance, here is a list of Republicans and conservatives accused or found guilty of sexual harassment, assault and related misconduct. I include those accused of infidelity since lying about that was the crime that got Clinton impeached, and extramarital affairs often include harassment, power moves, and cover-ups. I start with a "Top Ten" offenders list of those who have yet to be held accountable and move on from there. Unlike the lists circulated by Republicans, I include links to sources for independent research and more details to provide some context.

     The point is not to say Republicans are more likely to commit a sex offense than Democrats; I believe the truth is closer to being that they are equally likely. The point is to take a look into more than only Democratic pols and the media and entertainment industries – which are led by mostly Democrats – and view Republican pols and other industries. 

Top Ten Republicans accused of sexual misconduct who have yet to be held accountable

      1. Donald Trump, White House occupant.

     In Dec. 2017, Trump’s lawyers argued to have a defamation case against him dismissed before the New York state Supreme Court. The lawsuit was filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” who accused Trump of groping her breasts and grinding his genitals at her in 2007 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. She claims Trump damaged her reputation when he called her a liar about those accusations.
     Trump was accused of sexual assault by 13 women during the 2016 election. During the campaign, a video surfaced in which Trump described how he could sexually assault women, saying he could “grab ‘em” by the crotch since he was a celebrity. More than 50 women have said they were sexually harassed or assaulted by him before and since the election. In addition, Trump at various times referred to women as a “piece of ass,” “big,fat pig,” “bimbo,” “disgusting” and an “animal.” He also said if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter, “perhaps I’d be dating her.” He later termed that a “joke.”
At a campaign rally in Virginia in late 2015, Trump signed
 his name on a woman just above her left breast.

     2Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, SiriusXM host, Breitbart exec.

     A major architect of Trump’s cynical 2016 campaign, Bannon was accused of physically abusing ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard at their home in 1996. Piccard, one of Bannon’s three ex-wives, had red marks on her neck and wrist and said Bannon tried to pull her into a car after she spit at him as he left, according to the police report. She told police that a few previous arguments had become physical as well. The charges were dropped after Piccard did not show up to court, reportedly after being threatened by Bannon.
     Bannon also described Hillary Clinton as “a fucking bull dyke” in 2016 and progressive women as “a bunch of dykes” in a 2011 radio interview. In addition, Bannon’s Breitbart News website criticized Democrats’ connections to Weinstein in late 2017 but hid Bannon’s own longtime business dealings with the man accused of numerous sexual assault and harassment incidents. Those deals began in 2005 when Bannon’s video distribution company partnered with a Weinstein venture. Weinstein mostly gave money to Democrats but also contributed to some Republicans like John Chachas.
     Bannon was forced to resign from Trump’s White House staff in Aug. 2017 after he successfully convinced Trump to blame both sides for the violence at a white supremacist rally in which a far-right demonstrator drove his car into a crowd, killing a woman and injuring at least 19 others. In Dec. 2017, SiriusXM rehired him as a talk show host.

     3Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Rep., R-Ga., Trump 2016 campaign adviser.

     Gingrich reportedly was among three finalists to be Trump’s running mate along with Mike Pence and Chris Christie. As House Speaker in the late 1990s, he crusaded against Clinton even as he admitted to cheating on his second wife himself with Callista Bisek, a much younger Congressional employee. He even had sex with her in his Capitol Hill apartment during the Clinton witch hunt and petitioned his second wife for an “open marriage.” In 1980, Gingrich reportedly served his first wife with divorce papers while she was in a hospital bed fighting cancer so that he could marry wife No. 2. 
     In addition, he was known to have other affairs, usually getting staffers and other women to perform oral sex on him. Anne Manning, a married volunteer in Gingrich’s congressional campaigns in the 1970s, said that they had oral sex, which Gingrich preferred “because then he can say, ‘I never slept with her’.” 
     Journalist Doug Thompson, who worked for Gingrich in 1992, witnessed Gingrich leave with young women at D.C. fundraisers, for what a female staffer told him was for oral sex. At the Republican National Convention in Houston in 1992, he said a Gingrich PAC volunteer was assigned to escort young women to a hotel room “for quickie oral sex and stand guard outside to make sure the Congressman was not disturbed.” Thompson found a young woman crying in the hotel bar afterwards. She said he made her get on her knees, “fellate him and then turned his back to me and told me to leave as soon as he came.” Thompson asked why she did it. “I work for him,” she said. “I want to keep my job.” 
     4. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

     Before first getting elected to Congress in 2010, DesJarlais abused his position as a doctor to have sex with female patients and staffers, encouraged a mistress to get an abortion, which he publicly opposes, and used a gun to intimidate his ex-wife, according to court documents. He also encouraged his ex-wife to get two abortions and was reprimanded and fined by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for having sex with patients. 

     5. U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford Jr., R-S.C.

     As South Carolina governor, Sanford admitted in 2009 he engaged in an affair with Argentinian María Belén Chapur. He also admitted to “crossing the line” before but refused to resign and the South Carolina legislature eventually disbanded impeachment proceedings. He then won an election to Congress in 2013.

     6. State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Fla., governor candidate.  

     In Nov. 2017, six women accused Latvala of inappropriately touching them or making demeaning comments about their bodies. In one incident, the married Latvala was photographed kissing a female lobbyist. Staffers and lobbyists said he touched their rears and commented on their breast size. One said he came up to her after hours at a bar and draped his legs over her and rubbed her legs. Another said she ran into him in an elevator, and he rubbed just under her breast. “He’s a dirty old man,” said a lobbyist, “and there are a lot of dirty old men in the [Florida] Capitol.” Latvala was soon removed as budget chairman but has yet to resign from the legislature. 

     7Rush Limbaugh, talk show host. 

     A longtime liberal basher on his talk shows, Limbaugh allegedly cheated on at least one of his four wives, while his fourth wife reportedly cheated on him. On his show, he has said that some women “actually wish” they would be sexually harassed and called women “feminazis,” “ho’s” and “sluts.” Limbaugh, who has never been mistaken for George Clooney, also referred to then-13-year-old Chelsea Clinton as a “dog.” 

     8. Sean Hannity, Fox News host.

     In April 2017, conservative lawyer and blogger Debbie Schlussel publicly accused the married Hannity of pressuring her to “come back with me to my hotel” following a Michigan book signing more than a decade earlier. Schlussel said Hannity banned her from his show after she declined. Hannity has also aligned himself with known women abusers.

    9. Paul Pressler, former appeals judge, R-Tx.

     In Oct. 2017, Duane Rollins filed a lawsuit in Texas accusing Pressler of sexually assaulting him for several decades beginning when he was 14 and the judge was 49. Pressler, a key figure in the Texas Religious Right and Conservative Resurgence of the Southern Baptist Convention, was a conservative Democrat state rep in the late 1950s and switched over to the Republican Party in the 1970s. He served on the Texas Republican State Executive Committee and supported Reagan, both Bush’s and McCain. 
     Others made similar accusations against Pressler, including one who saidhis brother was assaulted by him in the shower at a country club

     * U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, R.

     During his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, Anita Hill, an attorney and professor who worked for Thomas at the Department of Education and EEOC, accused him of sexual harassment. Among the transgressions were comments about his sexual prowess. In addition, Angela Wright, who worked under Thomas at the EEOC before he fired her, submitted a written statement saying that Thomas pressured her and made sexual comments. 

Dishonorable Mention

     * Vladimir Putin, Russian president, Trump puppet master, election manipulator.

     Putin not only helped Trump gain power through election manipulation, hackers, social media bots, and more, but he has a history of anti-women statements and actions. In 2017, he signed a law decriminalizing domestic abuse while several hundred Russian women die each year due to physical abuse by their husbands. He has said that he doesn’t have bad days because he is “not a woman.” And his reign has one of the worst records in silencing journalists and dissidents and abusing human rights of any regime in the world. 

     * Bobby Knight, former college basketball coach, Trump supporter. 

     In 2015, female employees of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency accused Knight of groping them when he visited the spy agency to give a speech. One said he groped her rear end, while another said he grabbed around her breasts to lift her up. A third woman said he smacked her on the rear. The FBI investigated for a year and decided not to file charges after Knight denied any wrongdoing. But one woman filed a sex discrimination complaint alleging that her career suffered after she reported being groped by Knight. 
     In 2016, Knight endorsed Trump, appearing at a rally to praise him. Trump credited Knight with helping him win the Indiana primary. Former Indiana player Todd Jadlow wrote in a book that Knight not only punched him and broke a clipboard over his head, but he squeezed his testicles and those of other players. Among Knight’s anti-women statements is a 1988 comment during a television interview when he said, “I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”

     * Peyton Manning, former NFL quarterback, Republican donor. 

     In 1996, former athletic trainer Jamie Naughright accused Manning of pulling his pants down and putting his testicles and butt on her face when she was treating him for an injury at the University of Tennessee. After filing a report with a local sexual assault center, the trainer said she was asked to claim it was a black player. She said Manning laughed at her and later mocked her when he saw her. The university settled with her for $300,000 in 1998 when Naughright resigned. 

     Manning then wrote about the incident in a book published in 2000, saying it was “crude maybe, but harmless” and calling her “vulgar.”  Naughright sued, and a settlement was reportedly reached. In a 2003 deposition, Manning, who has given money to Republicans such as Lamar Alexander, Jeb Bush and George W. Bush, claimed he was “mooning” another player. Naughright spoke about the case publicly in October 2017, saying she was inspired to do so from other women’s statements. 

     * Kid Rock, musician, Trump supporter, Senate candidate.

     Rock had a son with a woman out of wedlock, but their relationship was “a tale of infidelity, multiple pregnancies and generally fuzzy logic,” according to a Spin report. In 1999, he signed at least one female fan’s breast in which he “palms her tit the way he would a healthy grapefruit,” a reporter for Spin wrote. After she asked him to sign her other breast, Rock fondled “her left nipple with his thumb and calmly asks, ‘Am I being too forward?’” That same year, Rock reportedly appeared in a sex tape receiving oral sex.
     At the Grammy Awards in 2000, Rock sang a medley in which scantily-clad women danced around him. For Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band,” he revised the lyrics to say, “We come into your town, we pull your panties down, we’re an American band.” At a show that year, Rock posed for a photo with a young woman who was topless, holding her left breast. Her friend asked for a similar photo, and Rock obliged by standing behind her, “cupping both breasts,” according to a Rolling Stone report. 
     Rock supported Trump’s campaign, even creating a merchandise line for him. In 2017, he said he considered running for a U.S. Senate seat against Democrat Debbie Stabenow, even hawking t-shirts. Rock said he had support from Bannon and others, before saying he wasn’t serious.

     Leeann Tweeden, right-wing radio broadcaster and model.

     A former Playboy model, Tweeden gained fame in Nov. 2017 by releasing a photo that she claimed inappropriately showed Sen. Al Franken with his hands “over or on” her breasts as she slept on a plane. The two were on a USO tour in 2006, and Tweeden said Franken kissed her inappropriately. Franken said the photo was a prank and didn’t recall the inappropriate kiss the same way. 
     Other videos and photos showed Tweeden, who voted for Trump, appeared on Hannity’s show and donated money to McCain, groping and kissing men without permission. Some reports showed that GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone helped coach Tweeden on her charges against Franken, as Stone even tweeted beforehand that Franken was about to be targeted.

      * Kingman Schuldt, fire chief, Naples, Fla.

     Schuldt’s division settled a sexual harassment lawsuit in Nov. 2017 for $82,500 by former Capt. Andrea Schultz, who claimed the chief and other leaders retaliated against her for complaints for several years. Those issues included male firefighters drilling a hole in a bathroom stall used by women so they could peep on them, and males grabbing her breasts during training exercises. Schuldt is not an outright Republican but is a board member of generally conservative groups in this small town, such as the local chamber of commerce. He was not forced to resign. 

Republicans or conservatives accused of sex misconduct SINCE Oct. 5, 2017 [Weinberg outing] who HAVE been held accountable

     * U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.

     In Nov. 2017, nude photos of Barton surfaced on social media. While some said that was automatically a crime against anyone who saw said photos, an actual crime might have occurred when Barton threatened a woman with criminal prosecution if she dared to release any details about their extramarital affair. Barton claimed the crime was not using his office to make a threat but releasing his photos without consent. The woman claimed Barton had similar affairs with other women besides her and even sexted from the floor of the Capitol while on the job. Barton soon announced he would not run for re-election in 2018.

     * U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Tx.

     In Dec. 2017, reports circulated that Farenthold used some $84,000 in taxpayers’ funds to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by Lauren Greene, his former communications director. The staffer claimed the married Congress rep made inappropriate sexual comments, such as talking about a threesome and how he was not having sex with his wife, and fired her after she complained. The House Ethics Committee relaunched an investigation, and more complaints emerged. Farenthold soon announced he would not seek re-election in 2018. 

     * Tim Murphy, former U.S. Rep., R-Pa.

     In Oct. 2017, Murphy, an outspoken abortion opponent, resigned after reports emerged that he demanded that a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair get an abortion. 

     * Trent Franks, former U.S. Rep., R-Ariz.

     One of the most conservative members of the House, Franks resigned in Dec. 2017 after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed staff members. Franks admitted to talking with two women who worked for him about bearing a child for him by surrogacy. He claimed an investigation would be “distorted and sensationalized.” 

     * Roy Moore, Republican Senate candidate and former Alabama judge.

     In Nov. 2017, at least eight women publicly accused Moore of pursuing them sexually when they were underaged. Some said he sexually assaulted them. Leigh Corfman said Moore sexually assaulted her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32. Beverly Young Nelson said Moore assaulted her when she was 16. Tina Johnson added that Moore grabbed her buttocks when he was married and asked uncomfortable questions about her young daughters. In a major upset, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore in December, with the accusations playing a key role.

     * Wes Goodman, former state Rep., R-Ohio.

     In Nov. 2017, Goodman resigned after being caught having sex in his state office with another man. The married Goodman often advocated against gay marriage. Several conservative groups and Republican politicians knew about gay liaisons he had.  

     * Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics national team doctor.

     In Nov. 2017, Nassar pled guilty to seven sexual assault charges. While not open about his political beliefs, he was believed to lean towards the conservative side, teaching Sunday school and serving as a Eucharistic minister at a Catholic church. 

     * Dan Johnson, late state Rep., R-Ky.  

     In Dec. 2017, Johnson, who once compared the Obama family to monkeys in a Facebook post, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who attended his church in 2012 when she was 17. The woman said Johnson groped and assaulted her, waking her up as she tried to sleep in an adjacent room where Johnson’s daughter also slept.
     Republicans and Democrats called for him to resign, but he refused. The Louisville Metro Police Department reopened its investigation of that incident in the fall of 2017 after inquiries from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which wrote a detailed account of the situation. Johnson reportedly shot himself in an apparent suicide a day after reports of the reopened investigation were published.

     * Roy Price, former Amazon executive, Republican donor.

     In October 2017, Price resigned as head of Amazon Studios after a producer of one of the company’s shows, “The Man in the High Castle,” accused him of sexual harassment in 2015. The incidents included lewd jokes and being pressured into having sex. Price has contributed to Republican candidates such as Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, as well as organizations like the Washington State Republican Party, according to federal election records. 

     Kirt Webster, country music publicist of conservatives Kid Rock, Dolly Parton.

     In Nov. 2017, Webster was accused by some 18 mostly men of sexual abuse or harassment. That included offering private meetings with stars in exchange for oral sex. Parton, Rock and others cut ties with Webster. 

     * Gregg Zaun, former major league baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays analyst.

     In Nov. 2017, Zaun was fired for ”inappropriate behavior and comments” toward female employees, the network announced. The Californian is a fiscal conservative who supports a flat tax, saying at one point, “I don’t think the people who work hard and are successful in their lives should be taxed at a higher rate.”

Other Republicans or conservatives ACCUSED of sex misconduct who have NOT yet been held accountable

     * Dan Burton, former U.S. Rep., R-Ind.

     After calling Bill Clinton a “scumbag” and saying that no one should get away with sexual misconduct, Burton admitted during the 1998 proceedings against Clinton that he had an extramarital affair. He even fathered a child out of wedlock with a state employee when he was a state senator in the early 1980s. There were many more than just one affair; one report called Burton “the biggest skirt-chaser in the Indiana legislature.” 
     A female state agency employee and registered Republican said she had a “one-night stand” with Burton and called him a “hypocrite” for continually harping on “family values.” Rebecca Hyatt of Indianapolis was brought to D.C. and pressured into having an affair with Burton, former boyfriend James Rutledge said. Former model Claudia Keller was hired to be campaign manager with her Indianapolis home serving as the headquarters. Burton paid her rent and often visited there for hookups, a neighbor said.
     Other female staffers accused Burton of making inappropriate sexual remarks to them and groping them. A lobbyist for Planned Parenthood said he groped her during a mid-1990s visit to his Washington office. Another male lobbyist said he heard Burton make an inappropriate remark to a female staffer and also caught a Burton male staffer taking a picture up the dress of a female staffer underneath her desk. The male staffer claimed he was merely testing to see if he could take such a photo undetected.

     * Steve Doocy, Fox host.

     Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson accused Doocy of “severe and pervasive sexual harassment.” Another staff member confirmed that Doocy made “inappropriate comments” about Carlson. Doocy was never reprimanded by Fox.

     * Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor and actor. 

     In 2017, the “Terminator” and Maria Shriver finalized their divorce. While married, Schwarzenegger had fathered a son with their housekeeper. Then while running for governor in 2003, numerous women accused Schwarzenegger of sexual harassment or assault. One said he pushed her into a storeroom of a former Planet Hollywood restaurant in Atlanta in 1997, held her down and assaulted her. The Los Angeles Times and others reported numerous other incidents.  He made a half-apology before the election that he thought his actions were “playful.” He also reportedly had sex with budding actress Gigi Goyette when she was 16. 

     * Beverly Russell Jr., former Christian Coalition leader, S.C. 

     In 1987, he reportedly fondled the breasts of step-daughter Susan Smith, then 15, and put her hand on his genitals. Russell admitted that he continued the molestation until a few months before Smith killed her two young sons by drowning them in a lake in 1994. After Russell admitted in trial testimony to molesting Smith, he resigned from the state Republican executive committee in 1995. But he was not tried for sexual assault. Smith was sentenced to life in prison for killing her sons. 

     * Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, Trump campaign adviser. 

     One of three finalists to be Trump’s VP in 2016, Christie has been dogged by reports that led to questions on whether his $46,000 loan to federal prosecutor Michele Brown and appointing her to a plum government job were part of covering up an extramarital affair

     * Rudy Giuliani, New York mayor, Trump campaign adviser. 

     Giuliani married a cousin, then divorced her. He cheated on his second wife with pharmaceutical sales manager Judith Nathan, who he married in 2003. 

     * U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tx. 

     During the 2016 campaign, the National Enquirer published a story about Cruz having affairs with five women. He denied cheating on his wife, but Trump used the controversy to his gain. 

     * George H. W. Bush, former president.

     In October 2017, reports emerged that the elder Bush groped actress Jordana Grolnick as they posed for a photo in August 2016. “Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?” the 92-year-old reportedly asked as he grabbed her rear. “David Cop-a-feel!” Others reported similar incidents.
     Years earlier, reports circulated of Bush having a long-time affair with former aide Jennifer Fitzgerald. Donna Brazile tried to get the Michael Dukakis campaign to capitalize on the reports during the Democrat’s 1988 presidential campaign, but instead he fired her. Meanwhile, Republican operatives were rewarded financially for spreading sexual accusations against prominent Democrats.

     * George W. Bush, former president. 

     Several reports quoted women who said they had extramarital affairs with Bush. Former stripper Tammy Phillips claimed to have had an 18-month affair with Bush that ended in 1999. Margie Schoedinger also filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Bush before she was found dead in 2003. Another woman said Bush tried to seduce her at a Texas festival when he was 22 and she was 14.

     * Jeb Bush, former Florida governor. 

     Reports circulated in 2001 that Bush had an affair with Cynthia Henderson, a former Playboy bunny who he hired for a plum state job in 1999. 

     * Neil Bush, another presidential son. 

     In a deposition in his divorce case against former wife Sharon Bush in 2003, Bush admitted that he “had sexual intercourse with perhaps three or four - I don’t remember the exact number - women at different times.”  

     * Bob Barr, former U.S. Rep., R-Ga. 

     A member of Bill Clinton’s impeachment committee, the hypocritical author of “The Defense of Marriage Act” had an affair while still married to Gail Barr and married Jeri Dobbin a month after the divorce became final in 1986, according to testimony in the divorce case. Neither Barr nor Dobbin denied having the affair when asked about it repeatedly. Then in 1992, Barr licked whipped cream off the chests of “two buxom women” during a Leukemia Society charity event. After promising not to do that again following public outcry, Barr did the same thing off the breasts of a lap dancer in 1998. 

     * Bob Dole, former U.S. Sen., R-Ks.

     Before losing to Clinton in 1996, Dole reportedly had an extramarital affair with Australian-born secretary Meredith Roberts from 1968 to 1972. He did not divorce his first wife until 1973. 

     * Bill Bennett, drug czar under H.W. Bush.

    One of Clinton’s harshest critics, Bennett allegedly was a client of Las Vegas dominatrix Leola McConnell, according to her writings. McConnell disappeared in 2007, presumed dead or hiding. Bennett has not addressed such reports, but he acknowledged having a substantial gambling problem that cost him at least $8 million through the years. Where did he mostly go to gamble? Las Vegas.

     * David Vitter, former U.S. Sen., R-La. 

     In 2007, Vitter’s phone number was among those found in the client book of the late D.C. Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey. He admitted to cheating on his wife with prostitutes. Despite that, he still won re-election in 2010. 
     While Vitter and others found in Palfrey’s book were never prosecuted, the government went after Palfrey. She was convicted of money laundering and other charges in 2008 but was found dead by hanging before being sentenced. 

     * Laura Schlessinger, talk show host.

     A strict moralist, she hypocritically engaged in an affair while still married with the also hitched colleague Bill Balance in the 1970s. In addition, Schlessinger agreed to take nude photos, which the late Balance sold to an Internet porn company in 1998. And in 2012, she used the n-word on her show numerous times in discussing racial issues with a black caller.

     * George Will, author and columnist.

     About a decade before he called Clinton a “vulgarian” for his extramarital affairs, Will reportedly engaged in an affair with Lally Weymouth, daughter of Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, when he was still married to his first wife. 

     * Russell Casey, Justice of the Peace, R-Tx. 

     In May 2017, a state court publicly reprimanded Tarrant County Justice Casey for inappropriate sexual conduct with his former chief clerk. From 2009 through 2014, Casey and the female employee had oral sex about 10 times and sex twice in the courthouse or on official business, according to court documents. She filed a lawsuit against him and said the sex was not consensual, while he claimed it was. He tried to fire her after she told him no more and was later transferred to another office, she said. Casey admitted that sex with a worker was not appropriate but resisted demands from the county GOP and others to resign. 

     * Dale Rogers, Texas businessman and Republican donor.

     In May 2017, a former employee of Rogers’ Fort Worth investment firm filed a lawsuit alleging that he sexually harassed her. She said Rogers would direct her to escort him to his car and always walk behind her, making comments about her butt and other sexual innuendos. He would also hug her and put his hand on her rear, she said. Rogers contributed money to numerous politicians, including a political action committee for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

     * My high school basketball coach

     This coach - a Bobby Knight type who was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes - would call us into his office, either in twos or alone, and be completely naked as he talked with us about something basketball related. He would also watch us take showers and make comments. One time this coach said something about a teammate's anatomy as he came out of the shower to the effect that he did not need a jock strap but could just use a clothespin. The teammate mumbled, “At least mine works.” Most players heard that retort and laughed, while the coach missed it and thought we were laughing at his clothespin comment. 
     We all knew he was a perv, but none of us had the guts to report him. We didn't want to rock the boat and feared repercussions, such as him not playing us much and not recommending us to play college bball. We were kids and told to respect authority figures.

Republicans or conservatives ACCUSED of sex misconduct BEFORE October who HAVE been held accountable

     * Bill O’Reilly, former Fox News talk show host. 
     Fox fired O’Reilly in April 2017 after reports detailed that the network paid almost $50 million to settle sexual harassment lawsuits filed by women he worked with, including analyst Lis Wiehl. The incidents included masturbating as O’Reilly spoke with women on the phone and trying to get women fired after they rejected him.

     * Dennis Hastert, former U.S. Rep., R-Ill.

     At a 2015 hearing in which he was sentenced to 15 months in prison for illegal bank transactions, the former House Speaker – among many Republican Congress members who played a lead role in impeaching Bill Clintonadmitted he sexually abused boys when he was a high school wrestling coach years earlier. The financial shenanigans were done to pay off a former student he abused, prosecutors said. A judge called Hastert a “serial child molester.” 

     * Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach.

     A registered Republican, Sandusky was found guilty in 2011 of 45 charges of sexual abuse of young boys between 1994 and 2009. He was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison. Payments to victims who said Sandusky abused them totaled more than $100 million. 

     * Philip Giordano, former Republican mayor of Waterbury, Conn.

     Arrested in 2001 for soliciting sex with two underaged girls – ages 8 and 10 – Giordano was sentenced to 37 years in prison. Prosecutors said he sexually assaulted the girls numerous times, including in his office. He is not scheduled to be released from prison until 2034. 

     * Randal Ankeney, former aide to former Republican Colorado Gov. Bill Owens.

     Once a rising star in Republican politics, Ankeney pleaded guilty in 2002 of attempting to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. After serving two years in prison, he pleaded guilty to similar charges in 2008. 

     * Parker Bena, former Virginia Republican activist. 

     After casting one of his state’s electoral votes for Bush in 2000, Bena was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. 

     * Kevin Coan, former Republican election board official. 

     As a director of the St. Louis Board of Elections, Coan was arrested in 2001 for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl over the Internet. Police also found child porn on the lawyer’s computer. He was sentenced to two years probation. 

     * Larry Craig, former U.S. Sen., R-Id.

     In 2007, Craig was arrested in an airport restroom for soliciting sex from a male undercover officer. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined. He decided to finish his Senate term but not resign early. 

     * Bob Allen, former U.S. Rep., R-Fla.

     In 2007, the married Allen was arrested for offering an undercover officer money to perform fellatio in a Florida park restroom. He was convicted and sentenced to probation, before resigning from office. 

     * Jim Bakker, Christian evangelist.

     A huge Trump supporter, Bakker threatened in 2017 to lead a riot of Christians if their hero was impeached. In a book, Bakker admitted to having sex with ministry secretary Jessica Hahn in 1980 while married to Tammy Faye. Hahn accused Bakker of assault, while Bakker claimed the sex was consensual. He later served five years in prison for fraud. 

     * Jimmy Swaggart, evangelist.

     After marrying his wife when she was only 15, Swaggart built a ministry and saw it significantly erode after a fellow adulterous minister staked out a Louisiana motel and took pictures of Swaggart with a prostitute in 1988. He apologized but later was caught with other prostitutes. 
     Swaggart is another big Trump supporter, calling his ascension to the White House “a miracle from God.” He often described liberals and Democrats as “agents of Satan.”

     * Ted Haggard, evangelist.

     A minister to W. Bush, the married Haggard admitted to having a male escort massage his penis. A male church member accused him of masturbating in front of him, while Haggard claimed he thought the man was asleep. Haggard resigned from national evandelical leadership positions in 2006.

     * Don Sherwood, former U.S. Rep., R-Pa.

     In 2004, Cynthia Ore locked herself inside the bathroom of Sherwood’s Washington, D.C., apartment and called police to say she was assaulted. She accused Sherwood of choking her, while he claimed it was a mere “backrub.” After a political opponent released the police report to media in 2005, Sherwood claimed Ore was merely a “casual acquaintance.” He eventually admitted to a five-year extramarital affair with Ore but denied abusing her. Ore filed a lawsuit accusing Sherwood of assaulting her numerous times. He reportedly settled the case for about $500,000 and lost his 2006 re-election bid.

     * Billy Bush, H.W. Bush nephew.

     Bush was not accused of sexual harassment himself but of enabling Trump when he spoke about how he assaulted women. In 2005, Bush and Trump had a lewd conversation before taping a television show in which they talked about how Trump assaulted women by going up to them, kissing them and even grabbing them by the “p----.” Bush could be heard laughing about Trump’s remarks. Bush was then a host of Access Hollywood and later became a co-host of Today. He was fired from Today after a tape of the lewd discussion went public in 2016.

     * Bob Packwood, former U.S. Sen., R-Ore.

     After about ten female ex-staffers accused him of sexual harassment, Packwood resigned in 1995.

     * Mark Foley, former U.S. Rep., R-Fla.

     After being accused of sending sexually explicit emails to teenage male congressional pages, Foley resigned in 2006. Foley resurfaced as a Trump supporter, appearing behind him during a 2016 rally. 

     * Curt Schilling, former pro baseball player, commentator, Republican donor. 

     After getting fired from ESPN for bigoted social media posts in 2015, Schilling publicly said or posted anti-women comments. In one interview, he stated that Hillary Clinton should be “buried under a jail somewhere.” In another, he defended Trump’s comment that he was going to date a 10-year-old girl in about ten years – that came after Schilling became so incensed at guys making social media comments about his underaged daughter that he pursued legal action and reportedly had them suspended from school. Schilling has given money to numerous Republicans, including Trump and Ben Carson.

     * Tiger Woods, pro golfer, Trump contractor.

     In 2009, Woods was hounded by reports of numerous extramarital affairs, including his neighbor’s 21-year-old daughter. He also spent thousands on prostitutes and had an unhealthy obsession with porn. One madam said he liked threesomes, and he reportedly asked one porn star if he could choke her and engage in a “golden shower,” an act in which Trump had reportedly did.
     Woods and his wife divorced in 2010. In 2014, Trump hired Woods to design a golf course in Dubai. In 2015, skier Lindsey Vonn broke up with him amid reports of more infidelity. In November 2017 as reports of Trump’s sexual assaults increased, Woods played golf with him.

     * Clayton Williams Jr., Republican Texas governor candidate. 

     In 1990, Williams had a big lead in polls for Texas governor when he told a group that included reporters gathered around a campfire that if rape was “inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” He claimed the statement was a joke, which made the situation worse to some for apparently joking about a crime. Reports also circulated that Williams had used prostitutes in his younger days. He ended up losing to Democrat Ann Richards.

     * Joe Scarborough, former U.S. Rep., R-Fla.

     In 2001, Scarborough resigned, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family and later hosting a show on MSNBC. But a couple months earlier, female intern Lori Klausutis was found dead in his office. While police reported no foul play and Scarborough did not admit to having an affair with her, he joked about the situation in 2003 on Don Imus’s radio show. Imus complimented Scarborough on his sense of humor, then said he asked him “why you aren’t in Congress. You said that you had sex with the intern and then you had to kill her.” Scarborough then laughed and said, “Yeah, well, what are you gonna do?”

     * Bob Livingston, former U.S. Rep., R-La. 

     Another Clinton-era hypocrite, Livingston was elected House Speaker in late 1998 only to resign soon after following reports of his own affairs

     * Tom DeLay, former U.S. Rep., R-Tx. 

     In the midst of the Clinton scandal when Republicans seemingly couldn’t find a single leader who had not committed adultery themselves, DeLay claimed he was morally superior to Gingrich since he stopped his extramarital affairs before Clinton’s impeachment proceedings. DeLay was later convicted for violating election laws. 

     * John Ensign, former U.S. Sen., R- Nv.

     Between 2007 and 2008, Ensign reportedly had an affair with a female campaign worker. As he tried to keep the affair quiet, federal agencies investigated him, and he resigned in 2011. While his wife did not divorce him, the woman and her husband split.

     * Edward Schrock, former U.S. Rep., R-Va.

     In 2004, the married Schrock ended his re-election bid after being caught on tape soliciting sex from men in a telephone service. He cosponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment and consistently opposed gay rights.

     * Randall Tobias, AIDS czar under W. Bush. 

     After saying that countries that permitted prostitution should not receive U.S. funds, Tobias resigned in 2007 after confirming that he had been a Madam Palfrey customer

     * Katrina Leung, former California Republican fund-raiser. 

     As an FBI informant who sold secrets to the Chinese, Leung reportedly had extramarital affairs with two FBI agents, according to federal prosecutors. She pleaded guilty to lesser charges in 2005, receiving probation and a fine. 

Republican sex misconduct that lives on beyond the grave

     * Roger Ailes, late Fox News CEO.

     In July 2016, Ailes resigned after reports that he sexually harassed female colleagues. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson was among those to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes, saying he fired her for rejecting him. Commentator Megyn Kelly also accused Ailes of sexual harassment.

     * Ronald Reagan, late president. 

     The right's greatest modern-day president allegedly had several extramarital affairs, even reportedly with mistress Christine Larson as Nancy Reagan gave birth to their daughter, Patti, in 1952. There was even a reported tryst between the late Nancy Reagan and late Frank Sinatra in the White House. 

     * Strom Thurmond, late U.S. Sen., R-S.C.

     Before becoming one of the country’s leading proponents of segregation, Thurmond had sex with his 16-year-old African-American housekeeper when he was 22. The act resulted in a daughter, who Thurmond reportedly helped support even as he lobbied against the civil rights of blacks. Thurmond also reportedly had at least one other extramarital affair.

     * Dwight Eisenhower, late president.

     During World War II, Eisenhower allegedly began an affair with Kay Summersby, a young British woman who became his personal secretary. Summersby detailed the relationship in a book.

     * Nelson Rockefeller, late vice president to Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s.

     In 1979 at the age of 70, Rockefeller died while allegedly having sex with Megan Marshak, his much younger secretary, in his townhouse office. In his will, Rockefeller reportedly left Marshak the deed to a New York townhouse and $50,000 in cash.

     * Henry Hyde, late U.S. Rep., R- Ill.

     The hypocritical chairman of Clinton’s impeachment committee had an affair of his own for about five years with the married Cherie Snodgrass in the late 1960s. In fact, almost every Republican who led the campaign against Clinton cynically committed adultery themselves. Hyde, who was in his 40s and a married Illinois state representative with four kids during his extramarital engagement, termed the affair part of his “youthful indiscretions.”

     *  Steven LaTourette, late U.S. Rep., R-Ohio. 

     After voting to impeach Clinton, the wife of LaTourette accused him of having a long affair with chief of staff Jennifer Laptook while still married. After getting divorced, he married Laptook. 

     * Marty Glickman, late Republican activist.

     A few months after being arrested in 2001 and charged with giving drugs like LSD and money to underaged girls in exchange for sex in Florida, Glickman died following a suicide attempt.