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Monday, March 10, 2008

Chabot staffer gets in trouble

Malia Rulon reports:

WASHINGTON – A staff member in Rep. Steve Chabot’s office has attracted the wrong kind of attention by sending a political message during working hours using his House e-mail address, a violation of ethics rules.

According to a copy of the e-mail posted on the Daily Kos blog Friday, the staff member forwarded an e-mail message asking staff at congressional offices that might have “interns sitting around” to send them to the Republican National Committee to make phone calls for Jim Oberweis.

Oberweis, a Republican, lost a special election in Illinois Saturday to replace former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

Congressional staff members are allowed to take part in political activities, such as making campaign phone calls, but only during nonworking hours. They are barred from using congressional computers, e-mail, phones or other office equipment in any campaign-related work.

“It might be a good idea if Steve Chabot’s office spent a little less time meddling in Illinois congressional races and a little more time focusing on the issues that Ohioans care about,” Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Alex Goepfert said in a news release Monday blasting Chabot for the incident.

Chabot spokesman Todd Lindgren said the staff member, Matthew Lillibridge, forwarded the e-mail to all Ohio press secretaries, both Republican and Democrat, before realizing that the e-mail from the National Republican Congressional Committee was political in nature.

“Why they sent it to an official House e-mail account, I have no idea,” Lindgren said. “They never should have sent this to an official account.”

A spokeswoman for the NRCC did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Lindgren said shortly after Lillibridge sent the e-mail, he read it and realized it was political and immediately recalled it. He then notified his superiors in Chabot’s office.

“He feels awful. There was no intent to violate House rules,” Lindgren said, explaining that Lillibridge is a 23-year-old staff assistant who just got out of school and mostly answers phones, opens mail and gives tours.

Chabot chief of staff Mike Smullen has sent a letter to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct explaining what happened and requesting additional ethics training for Lillibridge.

It was unclear whether Lillibridge would keep his job or whether the ethics panel would investigate.

Meanwhile, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Ryan Rudominer said the incident could be indicative of a larger problem in Chabot’s office.

“Congressman Steve Chabot faces a really tough re-election and this violation raises questions as to what other activities are taking place in his congressional office on the taxpayer’s dime,” Rudominer said.

Chabot’s opponent, Democrat Steven Driehaus, agreed.

“I don’t doubt that the congressman knows the rules, but it does beg the question of what else is going on in his office that he’s not aware of?” Driehaus said.

Driehaus, a state representative, said he has made it “crystal clear” in his office that there is a separation between political activity and government work.

“I am a little disturbed when I see what appears to be ... comments like, ‘Well, he’s young and he didn’t know any better,’” Driehaus said. “That doesn’t cut it for me. They are taking cues from their superiors.”


at 5:13 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a 23 year old kid's mistake. How pathetic is it that this is all the kind find on Chabot?

at 5:35 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, someone forwarded an email. Let's send him to jail with Tom Noe and Mel Reynolds now! This is what we call a mistake.

at 5:37 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical GOP hypocrites, they think that they are above the law. Congressman Combover is as bad as the rest.

It would figure that the Fishwrap wouldn't print this story, and instead buries it here on their blog.

at 5:42 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sitting Democratic Governor of NY is implicated in a prostitution ring and on the verge of resigning his office and this is the sort of nonstory "scandal" that Democrats try and sensationalize into a real issue. Driehaus had better have more than that if he wants my vote come November.

at 5:43 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

A 23 year-old staffer inadvertently forwarding an e-mail. Let's crucify him! Let's ruin his life in the name of left wing righteousness. Disgusting.

at 5:50 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Malia! Would you mind listing this kid's address, phone number, directions to his house and possibly his Social Security number? Does he have a wife or girlfriend we can attack too? Any kids? It's fun (and easy) ruining careers!

at 5:57 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a sitting Democrat member of Congress who was caught with $100,000 cash in his freezer (William Lefferson of Louisianna). Yet he still sits in Congress, making our laws. Since "Little Hands" Driehaus is so aghast at the forwarding of an e-mail that had nothing to do with Chabot's office (apparently an election in Illinois for godsake), I await his condemnation of Congressman Jefferson.

at 6:05 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what Driehaus has to say about Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer being involved in a high-dollar prostitution ring. Now there's a real scandal. Jerry Springer lives on! I think the Spitzer scandal dwarfs a 23 year old kid forwarding an email.

at 6:10 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight an intern makes a mistake and Steve "do-nothing " Driehaus is disturbed? Give me a break.... Do something upstate to help the city and the Westside instead of collecting a paycheck.

at 6:18 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD: “I am a little disturbed when I see what appears to be ... comments like, ‘Well, he’s young and he didn’t know any better,’” Driehaus said. “That doesn’t cut it for me. They are taking cues from their superiors.” Disturbed? Really!...how much longer before the Chabot folks get their hands on pics from your Girls Gone Wild party up in C-bus a few years back if they haven't already? Camera phones can show inconvenient truths.

at 6:57 PM, March 10, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Let's see......L Ron Algore spends all day calling monks in Cali for campaign contributions, from his Whitehouse office no less, declares no governing athority, and gets a Nobel prize!!!!!!!


at 6:57 PM, March 10, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Let's see......L Ron Algore spends all day calling monks in Cali for campaign contributions, from his Whitehouse office no less, declares no governing athority, and gets a Nobel prize!!!!!!!


at 7:11 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody at the Enquirer should investigate whether the person who sometimes anonomyously and publicly attacks the former candidate for Congress from the eastern end of the 2nd district did so from Jean Schmidt's office.

Just a hunch. Probably worth a look.

at 7:47 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical Driehaus. Since he hasn't accomplished anything in the last 8 years he's grasping for straws by attacking a 23 year-old staffer.

Tim Burke really screwed the party by running a do nothing state rep with a MAJOR Napolean complex.

at 7:51 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous anonymousincincinnati said...

indeed! impeach chabot...but spitzer,it's cool...keep your governor gig...after all, it was consensual sex between adults that spitzer paid $4,400 plus expenses and there are more important issues facing new york like education,healthcare,social security...everybody needs to moveon.org !!!

at 8:22 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Lil Hands alone! We need Steve Driehaus in congress so he can help the liberals raise our taxes and give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.


at 9:03 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Chabot apologists are ignorant. Maybe you all need a course in Government 101:

Using Congressional resources for electioneering is strictly prohibited. It's one of the first things every Congressional staffer is told upon employment on Capitol Hill. If your personal cell phone rings and it's about a campaign matter, according to House ethics rules you're not supposed to even talk about campaign matters if you're standing in a House office building. Thus, it's a common sight to see staffers on the sidewalk outside the various House buildings on their cell phones.

There's also the question of whether interns are being asked to do campaign work when they should be doing official Congressional work. It is against House ethics rules to coerce any employee to do campaign work.

Whatever the case regarding the interns, using the Congressional email system for campaign activity is against House rules. Period.

If Chabot's staff has done nothing wrong, then why the silence from the NRCC?

at 9:15 PM, March 10, 2008 Blogger Aaron said...

This kid made a harmless mistake, and to be honest I'm not particularly concerned. This is not a scandal, but it was worth a try I guess? What's next we star reporting every time someone forwards a bad joke in offices across Cincinnati. Give me a break, Chabot is doing a great job and is one of the few great men still in Congress.

at 9:29 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Dick Cheney said...

Steve, You schmuck! I told you it's OK to use your staff for political emails ... just be sure it can't be traced and delete it immediately.
Steve, You're on probation

at 10:02 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This happened days ago, Friday -- days before it became public that Spitzer tried to hire a prostitute. The Hill posted the story on Saturday. The Enquirer ought to have covered it on Saturday or Sunday. But they didn't want to go after Chabot.

As for the young staffer, he was on STAFF, not an intern, but someone paid with federal dollars and using federal dollars for partisan campaign purposes. That is illegal.

at 10:38 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous republican sex offenders said...


The republicans simply dwarf the Dems when it comes to sex scandals. There simply isn't any comparison.


Carey Lee Cramer, the man who created an anti-Al Gore TV ad using his 9 year old stepdaughter was indicted on May 11 2005 with multiple counts of molesting his stepdaughter and another young relative. The ad "made national news because it accused the Clinton-Gore administration of giving nuclear technology to China in return for campaign contributions." "The commercial showed a young girl picking daisy petals and ends with a nuclear blast, a remake of a 1964 ad by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign against Republican Barry Goldwater."


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Jeffrey Ray Nielsen (CA) Pleads Guilty To Molesting Young Boys.
A former GOP congressional aide has pleaded guilty to molesting two male teens, including the 13-year-old son of a family with whom the staffer lived while working on Capitol Hill.

37-year-old Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, who has worked previously for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), as well the Republican chair of California's Orange County, agreed to two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, reports the Associated Press. A jury had deadlocked at an earlier trial this year -- in which Nielsen was accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old boy he met on the internet -- and prosecutors were prepared to bring additional charges in a retrial.

The plea deal is expected to bring a sentence of three years in state prison, according to the Los Angeles Times.

(follow link for more)

John Schmitz elected to US House of reps as a conservative John Bircher, makes a career decrying America's moral decrepitude.. Turns out he has a SECOND family on the side.
"Schmitz acknowledged that the boy was his, as well as the child's older sister, but he said "'I do not and will not support him financially. It is her responsibility to take care of him.'"

Former Republican Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano, convicted of sexually abusing two preteen girls inside City Hall and other locations, was sentenced in 2003 to 37 years in federal prison. Giordano was convicted of violating the civil rights of the two girls by forcing them to have oral sex with him in City Hall, his law office, home, and elsewhere. The girls were ages 8 and 10 at the time. He also was convicted of conspiring with a prostitute who is the mother of one girl and aunt of the other, and with using an interstate device, a cell phone, to arrange the liaisons.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/03/19/waterbury.mayor.ap /

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District of Columbia

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Mark Foley (R-FL)

16 Yr Old Says Rep Mark Foley (R-FL) Sent Him "SICK" E-mails

The Republican House leadership has known about Foley for a year

The page worked for Rep. Rodney Alexander (news, bio, voting record), R-La., who said Friday that when he learned of the e-mail exchanges 10 to 11 months ago, he called the teen's parents. Alexander told the Ruston Daily Leader, "We also notified the House leadership that there might be a potential problem," a reference to the House's Republican leaders. – ABC News

AP has a list of Repuke "excuses" for Foley's not being fired earlier

ABC NEWS releases entire chat transcripts of Foley and underage boy

"Foley, the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing/Exploited Children"

Hastert Knew About Foley in 2005! Has " Kids in Cyberspace" On Site (Pic)

Repubs put pedophile chair of House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Kids

FOLEY'S CRUDE, SEXUAL IM'S TO MINORS HERE (Also, Could be Prosecuted!):


Sludge posts Foley chat transcripts: "Do I make you a little horny?"

Foley says he'd love to "grab the one-eyed snake"

Foley's site: before it gets deleted (and you know it's gonna get deleted)

Mark Foley - The RW spin - he was gay, being an R is immaterial

WAIT, it Gets BETTER!!! re: Foley

I did it for you..... Responses from Freeperville about Foley


Just heard on the radio Foley submitted letter of resignation to Hastert

Looks like Mark Foley (r) Fla. Just Quit!

Foley resigns. Freepers blame... democrats!!!


Rep. Mark Foley drops out of race (Fox: also resigned) – a whopping 1300 replies!

Blog: The Sexually Explicit Internet Messages That Led to Fla. Rep. Foley's Resignation

Republican Underage Sex Scandal: Boehner Says Hastert Knew

Foley resigns from Congress over e-mails

Foley To Resign Over Sexually Explicit Messages to Minors - IM's now in addition to the emails

Foley submits resignation to Congress (scandal with 16 year old boy)

Challenger Seeks Probe of Rep. Foley's E-Mails to Boy, 16

Foley's district: the Florida 16th

BlogActive on Schultz: "Everyone knew Dryer, Foley were gay."

Check this website out: "STOP REPUBLICAN PEDOPHILIA"

Other Discussions

Daily Kos: ABC has Five Congressional Pages, Foley In Emotional Breakdown: Updated with new Info

Daily Kos: PredatorGate Cover-Up: Reynolds Confirms Hastert Involved, Kildee Confirms No Investigation Happened

Daily Kos: Republican House Underage Sex Scandal: Thread III


Breaking scandal: Republican Rep. Mark FOLEY RESIGNS!

Daily Kos: Republican Underage Sex Scandal: Boehner Says Hastert Knew

Daily Kos: THEY KNEW! They Knew About Foley>

Daily Kos: FL-16: The Foley IMs


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Neal Horsley: an extreme right-winger who outed himself on Hannity and Colmes. When Alan Colmes asked him "You had sex with animals" Horsley replied: "Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule." http://www.newshounds.us/2005/05/06/bizarre_sex_habits_of_the_extreme_rightwing.php#more

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Sen. Larry Craig pled guilty to "Disorderly Conduct" after engaging in activity indicative of solicitation for gay sex in the mens bathroom of the Minnesota airport (link). There have been other allegations that Senator Craig has solicited gay sex from other men prior to his 2007 arrest, but to date, those allegations can not be verified.

U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan dropped out of the 2004 race because of revelations from his ex-wife, Jeri Ryan. She alleges, in unsealed court documents, that he tried to have her perform various explicit acts in sex clubs around the world, some of them with BDSM leanings.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/06/22/ryan.divorce /

Henry Hyde: Illinois Rep. who headed the House Judiciary Committee decided "whether the adulterous affair President Clinton carried on with a White House intern, and his efforts to keep it hidden, should be referred to the House of Representatives for impeachment proceedings." But apparently Henry had conducted a little business of his own. Fred Snodgrass "says Hyde carried on a five-year sexual relationship with his then-wife, Cherie, that shattered his family. Hyde admitted to Salon Wednesday that he had been involved with Cherie Snodgrass, and that the relationship ended after Hyde's wife found out about it."

Mike Hintz: the man Bush introduced (on 10/4/04) to promote his tax plan; "It's a special day for Mike and Sharla, not because they're with the President or with Chairman Grassley, but because it's their 13th wedding anniversary. (Applause.)" http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/10/20041004-7.html
(but what a difference a month makes)"A Des Moines youth pastor is charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor. Rev. Mike Hintz was fired from the First Assembly of God Church, located at 2725 Merle Hay Road, on Oct. 30. Hintz was the youth pastor there for three years. Police said he started an affair with a 17-year-old woman in the church youth group this spring. Church officials fired Hintz immediately."

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Bob Livingston (R-LA)

”Livingston's confession Thursday that he had been unfaithful to his wife drew first gasps, and then a standing ovation and declarations of support from Republicans at a closed-door caucus.”

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Abigail Perlman (Mrs. Roy Blunt) Featured In "Second Wives Club" Article

...even self-professed family-values Republicans like House Majority Whip Roy Blunt--who married his second wife a mere six months after the divorce from his first was final--tend to be forgiven for their personal indiscretions come election time.

Apparently, the voters of the 7th district of Missouri are a forgiving people, because they overlooked the Congressman's adulterous affair at election time.

Later in the story, Blunt's legislative actions on behalf of Perlman, who was at the time Blunt's mistress, and her employer Altria are prominently featured as a no-no even by D.C.'s lax standards

But by far the most notable--and notorious--power union of recent times is that of Roy Blunt and Abigail Perlman, director of government affairs for Altria. Since his 1996 election, Blunt's swift rise in the House has been credited to his close ties to K Street--ties undoubtedly strengthened by his friendly relations with the go-to gal for Altria, which just so happens to be one of Blunt's top campaign con-tributors. Perlman, meanwhile, could not have asked for a more energetic cham-pion of her employer's interests than her congressional beau. In 2002, within hours of being named majority whip, Blunt quietly inserted a provision benefit-ing Altria-owned Philip Morris into the Homeland Security Act. Unfortunately for the couple, the measure was pulled as soon as colleagues discovered it, and when Blunt ran unsuccessfully to replace Tom DeLay as majority leader earlier this year, the boondoggle provided his opponents with much ammunition--highlighting the complications that can arise from having a power wife.

Fired Up! Missouri


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New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
"Oswego's Republican mayor, John Gosek, was charged with trying to arrange sexual encounters with underage girls; five days later, he resigned as mayor."

North Carolina
North Dakota

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Rhode Island

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South Carolina
Susan Smith kills her kids in 1995. Newt Gingrich blames liberals. Turns out she was molested by her GOP bigwig-Christian Coalition stepfather for years.
The Republican Adultery Honor Roll of Shame:
South Dakota

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The Bradley News Weekly reported that Tennessee state Senator Jeff Miller has been
dating a woman even though his divorce to his wife is not yet final. In an attempt to retaliate, Miller threatened business owners who advertise in the Bradley News Weekly. Miller wrote a letter stating: "Myself and many other are going to be watching in the next several weeks to identify and remember those in this community that wish to subsidize the destructive nature of this type of publication in our community". The paper responded by calling Miller an "irresponsible little boy" and going on to explain their decision to report about Miller's actions by stating: "Your platform is that of a guy who believes in the sanctity of marriage, and that marriage should be between one man and one woman. And your behavior doesn't support your platform. So we report it."

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(via "CBS News" - added 1/28/2008)

"Clean" Movie Maven Arrested For Teen Sex

(CBS) A Utah retailer of family-friendly tapes and DVDs - Hollywood films with the "dirty parts" cut out of them - has been arrested for trading sex with two 14-year-old girls.

Orem police say Flix Club owner Daniel Dean Thompson, 31, and Issac Lifferth, 24, were booked into the Utah County jail on charges of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual activity with a 14-year-old.

CBS Station KUTV in Salt Lake City reports that the shocking discovery came when a mother found a $20 bill in her daughter’s room last week and questioned her about where the money came from.

The girl confessed that she and a friend had been paid for sexual favors by an older male.

Lifferth was additionally charged with patronizing a prostitute and was also in possession of a prescription drug medication without a prescription.

Thompson's Flix Club was one of several Utah-based video outlets that traded in edited versions of R- and PG-13-rated films, catering to clientele who wanted to watch hit movies without nudity, sex, language or graphic violence.



(via "Salt Lake Tribune" - added 11/14/2007)

A 3rd District judge this week scuttled Republican leader Ozwald Balfour's efforts to disqualify the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office from prosecuting him for allegedly groping, or attempting to grope, four women.

Four sex assault cases filed against Balfour in 2005 were still unresolved last fall when he threw his support - and the free services of his two media consulting companies - to Republican district attorney candidate Lohra Miller. Months later, defense attorney Benjamin Hamilton arranged a meeting with the new D.A. to discuss the potential dismissal of the charges, arguing there was insufficient evidence. During the April meeting, Miller recognized Balfour's name, ended the discussion and delegated the cases to deputy prosecutor Alicia Cook, according to court documents. Hamilton asked a judge to disqualify the entire D.A.'s office and move the cases to another county. He pointed to Miller's January dismissal of an assault charge against a police officer - criticized as repayment for political support from police - and argued that experience would make her reluctant to resolve or dismiss his cases. But 3rd District Judge Judith Atherton rejected that argument earlier this week, and also refused to set separate trials on each charge. Balfour, 53, of South Jordan, is the founder of the Utah Republican Black Assembly.


During a 2006 preliminary hearing, the alleged victims characterized Balfour as a bait-and-switch artist. One woman testified Balfour came to her home in 2003 after she answered an ad about learning Web design. She said Balfour dropped his pants, began rubbing against her and tried to put his hands up her skirt. Three other alleged victims claimed they were assaulted on Jan. 21, 2005, at Balfour's studio, International Media Services, at 340 W. Whitney Ave. (1410 South), during purported interviews for acting jobs. One woman testified Balfour tried to get his hands under her shirt after taking her to a dark room adjoining his office. Another woman said Balfour told her, "Show me how a love scene goes," then kissed her neck and grabbed her breast. A third alleged victim said he unzipped her jacket and tried to lift her shirt.

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Spokane Mayor Jim West, 53, a rabid anti-gay politician, was found to be trolling gay chat rooms and having sex with teenage boys he befriended there. He also offered to find these boys jobs with the city of Spokane in exchange for sex.

For 25 years, West used his positions of public trust (sheriff's deputy, Boy Scout leader and powerful politician) to develop sexual relationships with boys and young men.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer article

West Virginia


Brown County Republican Party chairman faces sex charges
Fleischman's attorney denies allegations
October 13, 2007

The chairman of the Republican Party in Brown County faces criminal charges for allegedly fondling a 16-year-old Ethan House runaway and providing the boy with beer and marijuana late last year.

Donald Fleischman, 37, of Allouez, was charged last month with two counts of child enticement, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and a single charge of exposing himself to a child.

He was summoned to Brown County court for his initial appearance on Sept. 28. He is free having posted a signature bond as his promise to return to court.

(Nov.29, 2007 follow up:)
Then, this past September, Brown County prosecutors accused county GOP chairman and treasurer Donald Fleischman of masturbating on a 16-year-old boy’s feet, and supplying the boy with marijuana and beer in 2006.

Prosecutors dropped the charges weeks later after the boy failed to show up at a hearing. But Fleischman already had resigned his party positions.


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BlueIris: Just the scandals that have already been mentioned are making my skin crawl. Is there a worse human being on the planet than Josh Schmitz?

Southpaw Bookworm: To these can be added the examples from http://www.armchairsubversive.com

at 10:41 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave the 23 year old staffer alone. What he did is a very easy mistake to make. Let him get more training and a rebuke, that's it. I think the embarassment of this story is enough. Hopefully he won't quit his job over this. We need more young people who are willing to work for poor wages, doing good work in DC.

at 10:48 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

‘Well, he’s young and he didn’t know any better. That doesn't cut it for me." Really, Mr. Representative? Aren't you too old to be cavorting around with "Girls Gone Wild?" Aren't you old enough to know better? Isn't that beneath the dignity of the office you hold? Who are you taking your cues from? Bill Clinton? Eliot Spitzer?

at 11:07 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for Cranley in 2006 and was considering voting for Driehaus but it is obvious he is practicing politics as usual. I bet he never made a mistake when he was 23 y/o....

This vote is going to Chabot.

at 11:24 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is such a non-story that I don't even know where to begin.

Driehaus is such a blowhard. "Separation" of political activity and government work means you do your political calls on your cell phone at the office and send your political e-mails on your g-mail account at the office. That's status quo at every political office I've ever seen (and I know people that work on both sides of the aisle).

This sort of thing goes on at every office at every level -- at least on staffs where the candidate wants to be re-elected ever. This kid just made the unlucky mistake of using the wrong e-mail account.

at 11:30 PM, March 10, 2008 Blogger Mark Miller said...

It's good to see everyone finally coming around to the correct point of view.

We pay these staffers to conduct the people's business, not run campaigns. At least Chabot admits that it's wrong, and is taking immediate steps to correct it.

Back in July our Sheriff thought he had a God-given right to use every assett of his office to promote the jail tax campaign. He nearly got away with it, until COAST sued him.

at 11:32 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't defend Spitzer based on what I know - but to those here attacking Spitzer, why do Senators Vitter and Craig still hold seats in the Senate? Methinks you are throwing stones from a glass house.

As for the 23 year old, I don't hold him responsible, but I'll bet he was taking directions from above. And those above knew better.

And as for Chabot, what happened Saturday in Illinois should have produced a brown spot in the seat of his pants.

at 11:53 PM, March 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on! This is stupid. Why don't you uncover the deep ties Chabot has to Abramoff? Yes, the man himslef.

at 12:43 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus' staff in Columbus doesn't appear to know how to use the reply button on their e-mail or make outgoing calls on tbheir telephonel The next response I get from him will be the first response I get from him. He is simply a beneficiary of the shidting demographics of his district. It's an even bigger shame that the GOP can't get better candidates for that seat anymore.

at 12:59 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stevie D needs to manage a swimming pool or be appointee to CRC or other family business and leave our US Congress seat to Rep Chabot.

Or he could move to Illinois, where his version of "west side values" migh play in Peoria !

at 2:09 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attention all reporters: stop merley being stenographers for the Gang Of Pedophiles and do some real research. You could ask for every e-mail this clown has ever sent, or any e-mails the trust-fund babies in the other Repugs' offices have sent. It's called a public records request. Oh, yeah, you could also look to see how much money his daddy contributes to Repug politicians and whether or this pink-bottomed trust-fund baby ever joined the military to, you know, maybe participate in the actual war he and all his right-wing drinking buddies like to pretend to support.

at 6:26 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republican Larry Craig is currently hiring Summer interns. Maybe Lillibridge could apply.

at 8:36 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous TB said...

I truly love the idiots on this board who want to make this about Spitzer. What Spitzer is alleged to have done is reprehensible, and if true, he should resign. There, you happy?

Now that said, this staffer knew better, and ignored the law. I've worked in Washington and every Hill staffer I know has the procedure down to a T. You get a political phone call on your personal cell, you ask the person to hold, get up, and leave the building. You get a political email on your .gov account, you respond and ask the person not to use that address. Chabot's office does this crap all the time. Let's not ignore his broken promises and lies over the last 14 unbearable years. Chabot has misused taxpayer dollar to produce glossy, color fliers ostensibly to promote his congressional office, but miraculously, we only see them in even years around election time. Chabot campaigned on ending the "franking" privilege--using taxpayer money to freely promote yourself through the mail.

Chabot also campaigned on term limits but broke that promise when he ran in 2006. The man has a history of double-talk and lying to the people who elect him.

at 9:17 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Repug-Nazis make me sick. Your president steals TWO elections, wastes trillions of taxpayer dollars on an illegal war that we he started by getting 3,000 Americans killed and then lying to the world about weapons of mass destruction, his top aide outs a covert agent who did nothing more than tell the truth about his illegal war, your party has a senato with a diaper fetish and a senator who uses a public restroom as a pickup joint, you have a Congressman who likes to have perverted online chats with minors, but someone in the other party hires a prostittute and you have the tasteless gall to point the finger? Your maggot-gagging moral posturing alone might explain your party's near-complete rejection by voters the last two years, though I am sure your party's policy of rewarding those who send our jobs overseas and allowing millions of Americans to have their homes snatched by banking crooks may be factors, too.

We no longer have two political parties. We have one party and one cult that steals from its supporters an tells them that God wants them to keep voting them back into office.

at 9:26 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical Democrat hypocrites.

A kid working for Governor Strickland accidently puts the personal information of over 1 million Ohioans at stake when he leaves a sensitive security tape inside of an inlocked car in a parking lot over the weekend. He was just a kid and didn't know any better. Dems think he is alright and should be forgiven.

But when a Republican kid gets an e-mail that he apparently didn't look at completely, because of a youthful mistake and also because he probably opens hundreds of e-mails for the office each day, then he bcomes the devil. And Chabot and all Republicans become the devil.

And all the Democrats donkeys and all the Democrats men swoop in and villify the young kid, and Chabot, and every Republican in the world because of a mistake.

Dems are completely overplaying their cards here. The politically advantageous way for Driehaus to play this is by suggesting that people do, in fact, make mistakes. Because if he comes down this hard like a sledge hammer on a tiny mistake, then the first time he makes a mistake, he will be done. Finished. Kaput!

They say people in glass houses should not throw rocks. Go ahead, Dems, take the little kid out. Make him an example. Hang him out to dry, because when you do something slightly wrong, oh boy!

I'd like to hear the opinions of everyone who is villifying this young kid about Eliot Spitzer. they will probably defend that admitted lawbreaker.

Pathetic hypocrites and sycophants.

at 10:00 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous anonymousincincinnati said...

"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for"...DNC Chair Howard Dean...bringing people together.

Spitzer prosecuted prostitution rings as AG on NY now he's caught in one???

at 10:31 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:38 March 10. Get a job, or get some sleep, or get mental help. You're a real piece of work.

at 11:29 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Democrat and this is laughable. Of all the culture of corruption charges we can level against Republicans, this is it? Pathetic! I thought Driehaus was going to be a giant slayer and finally defeat Chabot. These are the stones Driehaus has chosen to throw? Why did we let him take on Chabot. Why didn't we get Cranley again? He'd most assuredly have defeated Chabot this year after his near victory in '06. Driehaus is a joke. Tim Burke and Driehaus both need to go.

at 11:37 AM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl Wieser for the Pulitzer Prize!!! This is bigger than Watergate! The Staffer should quit (I don't think he will fly off in a helicopter after resigning though) and the rest of us move on. If there is a proven pattern of these minor infractions then a politcal story is there. As it is this is a not even peanuts, It's the husk that flakes off of peanuts. There are plenty of Pols from both sides Spending Billions on there freinds and other useless crap. Please work on these type of stories.Or does the owner of your paper want to keep people worrying about the peanuts so they don't look at the farm?

at 12:52 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this one: "...and allowing millions of Americans to have their homes snatched by banking crooks..."

Like as if the liberal/progressives
didn't force the banking institutions to make loans to people who couldn't pay them back..

Let's also blame Bush for the high price of gas, conveniently forgetting the left wing wackos who kept voting against drilling for oil in Alaska and blocking the development of nuclear power.

at 1:22 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone makes mistakes, give the guy a break.

at 4:10 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republican mantra: "Personal responsibility! (Unless the rules are broken by a Republican, in which case nobody will be held responsible.)"

at 5:17 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong 10:31? Did someone hit a sore spot?? You right-wingers are all closet cases.

Mark Miller is a sore loser. Leis won, get over it.

A 23 year old is not a 'kid', he's an adult, a college graduate and a paid congressional staffer. He should be held accountable for breaking the law.

at 7:16 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The House voted to require employee health plans to provide the same coverage for mental illness as they do for physical health issues.

Rep. Steve Chabot voted NO.

at 11:36 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Leslie Ghiz FIRE Scott Gehring for working on campaign stuff in her office?

I guess this means that Steve Chabot has less integrity than Leslie Ghiz.

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