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https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/ ... ent-259147
A prominent government ethics expert has filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, alleging that she violated federal law Monday by appearing to advocate against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's Democratic opponent.

Walter Shaub, who resigned in July as the head of the Office of Government Ethics, said on Twitter Wednesday that he lodged a complaint claiming that the top aide to President Donald Trump ran afoul of the Hatch Act when she discouraged Alabamans from voting for the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

"I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations," Shaub tweeted.

During an interview earlier this week on "Fox and Friends," Conway called Jones "weak on crime," "weak on borders," and "terrible for property owners." Pressed on whether she was endorsing Moore, she never answered directly but suggested his vote was needed to advance Trump administration priorities.

"I'm telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through," she said, as she stood on the White House's North Lawn with the executive mansion in the background.



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:10 pm

Dallas Morning News
Sexually explicit photo throws Joe Barton's congressional career into turmoil

WASHINGTON -- Ennis Rep. Joe Barton is apologizing Wednesday for a sexually explicit photo now circulating online.

In a statement released to The Dallas Morning News, the longtime Republican said the image -- which first surfaced on social media earlier this week -- was taken while separated from his former wife in recent years.

"While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women," Barton, who is twice-divorced, said in the statement. "Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down."

The acknowledgement -- first reported by The Texas Tribune -- comes after a whirlwind of speculation about the image and what it means for his political future. Barton, the longest-serving member of the Texas House delegation, just recently announced his 18th Congressional campaign.

Earlier this week, a social media account on Twitter began circulating an image of what appears to be a nude or partially nude man bearing resemblance to Barton. Parts of the man’s anatomy were blurred out with blue scribble lines. The Twitter user has not responded to multiple requests for comment from The News.



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Post by NMgirl » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:06 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:10 pm
Dallas Morning News
Sexually explicit photo throws Joe Barton's congressional career into turmoil
:?: Assuming Joe Barton is hetero and therefore took or allowed to be taken, this picture of his dick so women would see it: Is there a single woman in the entire known world universe (perhaps excepting the woman with whom he was involved) who has even the slightest interest in viewing an ancient, wrinkled, hairy dick, unless it is to make jokes about it? I'm genuinely curious about this.



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Post by AndyinPA » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:32 pm

Why are there still men and women out there who don't realize that anything you post online, particularly a nude photo, is out there forever? I think about what I say in emails and comments before I post anything. If I put something down I think might be problematic, I know how the backspace key works.



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:28 pm

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Congressman told woman he would report her to Capitol Police if she exposed his secret sex life

Rep. Joe Barton, who apologized Wednesday for a lewd photo of him that circulated on the Internet, told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police if she exposed his behavior, according to a recording reviewed by The Washington Post.

The woman spoke to The Post after the lewd photo was published Tuesday by an anonymous Twitter account. She shared a secretly recorded phone conversation she had with Barton in 2015 in which he warned her against using the explicit materials "in a way that would negatively affect my career."

The woman described encounters and contact spanning a five-year period that began online after she posted a message on Barton's Facebook page in 2011, leading to the sexually explicit exchanges and ultimately a pair of physical sexual encounters in Washington and Texas. Over time, she said, she became aware of and corresponded with multiple other women who engaged in relationships with Barton, who represents a suburban Dallas district and is one of the most senior Republicans in the House.

The woman, who is not married, spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her privacy. ...

"This woman admitted that we had a consensual relationship," Barton said. "When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation. Today, the Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted. Because of the pending investigation, we will have no further comment."



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Post by AndyinPA » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:29 pm

There's worse, much worse, for Barton.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/ ... story.html
The woman described encounters and contact spanning a five-year period that began online after she posted a message on Barton's Facebook page in 2011, leading to the sexually explicit exchanges and ultimately a pair of physical sexual encounters in Washington and Texas. Over time, she said, she became aware of and corresponded with multiple other women who engaged in relationships with Barton, who represents a suburban Dallas district and is one of the most senior Republicans in the House.

The woman, who is not married, spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her privacy.

In the 2015 phone call, Barton confronted the woman over her communications with the other women, including her decision to share explicit materials he had sent. In that context, he mentioned the Capitol Police, a comment the woman interpreted as an attempt to intimidate her.



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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:40 am

AndyinPA wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:29 pm
There's worse, much worse, for Barton.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/ ... story.html
The woman described encounters and contact spanning a five-year period that began online after she posted a message on Barton's Facebook page in 2011, leading to the sexually explicit exchanges and ultimately a pair of physical sexual encounters in Washington and Texas. Over time, she said, she became aware of and corresponded with multiple other women who engaged in relationships with Barton, who represents a suburban Dallas district and is one of the most senior Republicans in the House.

The woman, who is not married, spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her privacy.

In the 2015 phone call, Barton confronted the woman over her communications with the other women, including her decision to share explicit materials he had sent. In that context, he mentioned the Capitol Police, a comment the woman interpreted as an attempt to intimidate her.
That sounds pretty bad by itself, but this additional quote sort of puts it in a different light.
"This woman admitted that we had a consensual relationship," Barton said. "When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation. Today, the Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted. Because of the pending investigation, we will have no further comment."



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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:42 am

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How Joe Barton’s sex scandal fits into the current conversation on sex and power

A nude photo a conservative Texas congressman sent of himself is out in the world — and so is how the congressman apparently tried to leverage his power keep his sex life private. ...

Now, for how this story is much different. Barton may be the victim here. Facts are still being pieced together, but it's possible that whoever shared the photo online violated a "revenge porn" law in Texas, if that's indeed where the photo originated. (The woman DeBonis and Viebeck talked to said she didn't share it.)

Barton also seems to think the fact that this woman recorded his phone conversation could be a crime.

"When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation," he told the Dallas Morning News in a statement.

There's no question that Barton's consensual, private sex life is public because of this moment of reckoning we're in right now of power and sex and authority. Women feel compelled to speak up about powerful men distorting or abusing their power, and in some cases, abusing them.



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Post by Foggy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:11 am

Any male idiot who gives any other human access to a photograph of his johnson is volunteering for the role of victim. I mean, duh.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:21 am

Foggy wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:11 am
Any male idiot who gives any other human access to a photograph of his johnson is volunteering for the role of victim. I mean, duh.
It's usually provided in the hopes of receiving something from the recipient. In this case that went terribly wrong. The recipient claims she didn't post it (it would be a violation of the Texas revenge porn statute), but she seems willing to talk about Barton's other affairs.

I think retirement is in his future. He's just trying to figure out how to do it as gracefully as possible, and which right wing Republicon think tank will give him a golden parachute.



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Post by Foggy » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:01 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:21 am
Foggy wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:11 am
Any male idiot who gives any other human access to a photograph of his johnson is volunteering for the role of victim. I mean, duh.
It's usually provided in the hopes of receiving something from the recipient. In this case that went terribly wrong.
... yeah, and that's my point. In many cases it goes terribly wrong. Not only that, if you attract a femalian by the size of your johnson but your other attributes are found wanting, you'll attract the wrong sort of femalian entirely, which greatly increases the chances that things will go terribly wrong.


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Foggy wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:11 am
Any male idiot who gives any other human access to a photograph of his johnson is volunteering for the role of victim. I mean, duh.
That is why I put my post in the Stupid it burns thread. What a dolt.


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Post by Azastan » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:03 pm

Addie wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:42 am
WaPo
How Joe Barton’s sex scandal fits into the current conversation on sex and power

A nude photo a conservative Texas congressman sent of himself is out in the world — and so is how the congressman apparently tried to leverage his power keep his sex life private. ...

Now, for how this story is much different. Barton may be the victim here. Facts are still being pieced together, but it's possible that whoever shared the photo online violated a "revenge porn" law in Texas, if that's indeed where the photo originated. (The woman DeBonis and Viebeck talked to said she didn't share it.)

Barton also seems to think the fact that this woman recorded his phone conversation could be a crime.


"When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation," he told the Dallas Morning News in a statement.

There's no question that Barton's consensual, private sex life is public because of this moment of reckoning we're in right now of power and sex and authority. Women feel compelled to speak up about powerful men distorting or abusing their power, and in some cases, abusing them.
Texas and the District of Columbia are one-party consent states (or district). So where did the telephone conversations take place? If he threatened her with the Capitol Police it would seem that they were in DC.



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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:14 pm

Azastan wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:03 pm
Addie wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:42 am
WaPo
How Joe Barton’s sex scandal fits into the current conversation on sex and power

A nude photo a conservative Texas congressman sent of himself is out in the world — and so is how the congressman apparently tried to leverage his power keep his sex life private. ...

Now, for how this story is much different. Barton may be the victim here. Facts are still being pieced together, but it's possible that whoever shared the photo online violated a "revenge porn" law in Texas, if that's indeed where the photo originated. (The woman DeBonis and Viebeck talked to said she didn't share it.)

Barton also seems to think the fact that this woman recorded his phone conversation could be a crime.


"When I ended that relationship, she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation. As the transcript reflects, I offered to take the matter to the Capitol Hill Police to open an investigation," he told the Dallas Morning News in a statement.

There's no question that Barton's consensual, private sex life is public because of this moment of reckoning we're in right now of power and sex and authority. Women feel compelled to speak up about powerful men distorting or abusing their power, and in some cases, abusing them.
Texas and the District of Columbia are one-party consent states (or district). So where did the telephone conversations take place? If he threatened her with the Capitol Police it would seem that they were in DC.
I think it would depend on where the woman was when she was doing the recording. And regardless of where she was, I believe he would report it to the Capitol Police if he was in DC because that's where the call was received. My daughter had to make a report about harassing phone calls and they didn't even ask where the call came from, just where she was when she received it.



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Post by Azastan » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:59 pm

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:14 pm

I think it would depend on where the woman was when she was doing the recording. And regardless of where she was, I believe he would report it to the Capitol Police if he was in DC because that's where the call was received. My daughter had to make a report about harassing phone calls and they didn't even ask where the call came from, just where she was when she received it.
I know this is making an assumption, but if I was wanting to record a telephone conversation with someone without the other party's consent, I would not make a call here in WA state. But I could travel to Idaho and record with impunity, as long as the other party/ies is/are not in California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington.



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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:38 pm

Azastan wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:59 pm
Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:14 pm

I think it would depend on where the woman was when she was doing the recording. And regardless of where she was, I believe he would report it to the Capitol Police if he was in DC because that's where the call was received. My daughter had to make a report about harassing phone calls and they didn't even ask where the call came from, just where she was when she received it.
I know this is making an assumption, but if I was wanting to record a telephone conversation with someone without the other party's consent, I would not make a call here in WA state. But I could travel to Idaho and record with impunity, as long as the other party/ies is/are not in California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington.
I'm not sure most people would even think about the legality of it, much less look up which states fall under which laws. I just read an article about a mother who is facing felony charges for putting some sort of recording device in her daughter's back pack in hopes of getting help with her unaddressed complaints about bullying.



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:57 pm

RVInit wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:56 pm
Foggy wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:11 am
Any male idiot who gives any other human access to a photograph of his johnson is volunteering for the role of victim. I mean, duh.
That is why I put my post in the Stupid it burns thread. What a dolt.
I was going to say public spectacle, particularly in this digital age, and laughingstock. As several politicians, particularly one with the unfortunate name have discovered. Something about exposing ones inadequacies to the public.


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Post by RoadScholar » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:09 pm

Foggy wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:01 pm
Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:21 am
Foggy wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:11 am
Any male idiot who gives any other human access to a photograph of his johnson is volunteering for the role of victim. I mean, duh.
It's usually provided in the hopes of receiving something from the recipient. In this case that went terribly wrong.
... yeah, and that's my point. In many cases it goes terribly wrong. Not only that, if you attract a femalian by the size of your johnson but your other attributes are found wanting, you'll attract the wrong sort of femalian entirely, which greatly increases the chances that things will go terribly wrong.
And you know this how?... 8-)


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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:03 pm

Ohio's down one hypocrite.

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Anti-LGBTQ lawmaker resigns over gay sex scandal

A vocally anti-LGBTQ lawmaker has resigned his position after being caught having sex with another man. Wesley Goodman, a Republican Ohio state representative serving his first term, resigned earlier this week after it came to light that he’d engaged in “inappropriate behavior” of a sexual nature with another man earlier this autumn, according to Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

Rosenberger confirmed the incident in a statement: “I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. It became clear that his resignation was the most important course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”

Goodman seemed to also confirm the incident, saying in another statement: “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life,” he said in a statement. “That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service. For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry.”

According to the Washington Post, Goodman’s website — which has since been taken down — highlighted his conservative Christian credentials and ethos. He emphasized his commitment to “the fight for conservative principles like balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty.” Goodman is married to a woman, Bethany, and has, according to the Independent, frequently endorsed “natural [i.e., heterosexual] marriage” as the only valid marital option. According to Goodman’s Twitter, which has since been made private, he describes himself as “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027.”



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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:50 pm

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1 ... er-a-woman
In an announcement he perhaps thought would get lost amid pre-Thanksgiving hubbub last Tuesday, House Republican Leader Kirk Cox (who thinks he’s going to be the next speaker, but if any of the three remaining House elections slated for recounts or potentially more drastic action go Democrats’ way, he definitely won’t be) revealed that, should the GOP maintain control of the chamber next session, lawmakers will no longer be referred to as “gentlemen” and “gentlewomen” from their given jurisdiction. Instead, all members will be addressed gender-neutrally as “delegate.”

The coincidence of the GOP leader throwing out centuries of tradition as he’s about to seat Danica Roem, Virginia’s first transgender legislator, is far too contrived to be considered innocent. Cox claims he’s been considering the change since “shortly after he was chosen as the party’s designee for speaker”—last February. The notion that no hint or rumor of this drastic departure leaked from him or his fellow Republicans in the intervening nine months strains credulity beyond reasonable limits.



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Post by RVInit » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:47 am

I'm not claiming to have any knowledge about any particular Congress person's harassment behavior, but the feet dragging makes me wonder whether the Republican side of the house has someone BIG who is involved in the payouts. Why has Conyers been exposed and the Republican member not exposed? :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :prettyplease: Could it PLEASE be one of the major assholes, like Paul Ryan?


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Had you put the case down at first blush, it might seem just unfortunate and awkward, but there’s more to know about the young state Congressman. Goodman’s case is particularly unsavory when you consider some of the additional charges of sexual assault.

Before being caught, Goodman is accused of abusing as many as 30 men and teenagers. The allegations include sending vulgar images and even videos of himself masturbating to men he was interested in. Goodman was known for using political gatherings to introduce himself to large numbers of young men.

Goodman even went as far as to invite young men to join him naked for a hot tub visit. One 18-year-old victim was apparently pressured into going to Goodman’s room during a fundraising event in Washington D.C. After falling asleep, the underage man awoke to Goodman unzipping his pants and fled the hotel. Hel later shared the story with his parents, who passed it along to other sources.


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Post by Volkonski » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:50 pm

Not just for sexual harassment.



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