I’m sure people have seen in the news Republican representative Vance McAllister was caught on video kissing staffer Melissa Peacock… and it wasn’t just a kiss, it’s more of a kiss which shows they are far more intimate. McAllister is married with 5 children. Peacock is also married.
McAllisters admits to messing up and asks for forgiveness:
“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”
The husband of Melissa Peacock and long-time now ex-friend of McAllister points out, McAllister has apologized to everyone except him.
McAllister ran on his Christian family values. In one of his commercials, he said “I need your prayers.” When his former friend asked, “When did you get religious?”, the response was “When I needed votes.”
Peacock donated over $10,000 ($5,200 from his wife and $5,2000 from himself) to McAllister’s campaign. I’m sure he wish he could have his money back. However, do you think this will change Peacock to vote Democrat? Doubtful. If he has $10,000 to donate to a local campaign and he already knew McAllister was a fake when it comes to religion, likely the reason Peacock votes Republican is for monetary reasons to keep taxes low.
Some people may say this is just an isolated incident, but there’s no proof that it is an isolated incident within the Republican Party. You only have to go as far back as the last presidential nomination to be reminded of Newt Gingrich who had (at least) two extra-marital affairs.
These Republicans were involved in the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton which is hypocritical considering their own personal behavior:
- Henry Hyde, Representative (R-IL). In 1998, the Internet magazine Salon.com stated that from 1965 to 1969, Hyde conducted an extramarital sexual affair with a married woman who had three children from her marriage. Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when the affair occurred, admitted to the affair in 1998, describing the relationship as a “youthful indiscretion”. The revelation of this affair took place as Hyde was spearheading the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
- Newt Gingrich, Representative (R-GA) and leader of the Republican Revolution of 1994: Resigned from the House after admitting in 1998 to having had an affair with his intern while he was married to his second wife, and at the same time he was leading the impeachment of Bill Clinton for perjury regarding an affair with his intern Monica Lewinsky.
- Robert Livingston, Representative (R-LA): called for the resignation of Bill Clinton and when his own extramarital affairs were leaked, his wife urged him to resign and urge Clinton to do likewise.
- Bob Barr Representative (R-GA) had an affair while married. Barr had been the first lawmaker in either chamber to call for Clinton’s resignation due to the Lewinsky affair. Barr lost a primary challenge less than three years after the impeachment proceedings.
- Dan Burton (R-IN) A combative critic of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair, Burton admitted that he had fathered a child out of wedlock.
- Helen Chenoweth-Hage (R-ID) aggressively called for the resignation of Bill Clinton, and admitted to her own six-year affair with a married rancher during the 1980s.
- Ken Calvert, Representative (R-CA): champion of the Christian Coalition once said “We can’t forgive what occurred between the President and Lewinsky.” Arrested for soliciting a prostitute for oral sex in his car.
The above examples are dated because I wanted to point out the hypocrisy of those impeaching Clinton while being dishonest to their families and to the American people. Per the same wikipedia article, you can find more recent scandals where, not surprisingly, Republican scandals outnumber Democrat scandals 2:1 for the period 2010 to now… and even a higher ratio going back from 2000 to 2009.
I may be in the minority, but I think that the consequences of an affair are a personal matter between the husband, wife, clergy, children… but not only do I despise a political party dictating morality, I despise even more politicians who run on a platform of dictating morality and then being immoral themselves.So I don’t know what I find more aggravating:
- The Republican Party trying to dictate morality when their own morality is bankrupt.
- Voters who are easily swayed by the Republican Party’s message of morality so in turn, they are easily deceived to vote for them.
It’s unfortunate when people don’t realize they are being used and duped. David Kuo who worked for Bush Jr 2001 to 2003 exposed in his book “Tempting Faith” how they used religion just as a way to get votes, not that they actually planned to support any of the initiatives used to get votes.References:
- http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15228489/ns/msnbc-countdown_with_keith_olbermann/t/book-says-bush-just-using-christians/#.U0marFVdWlc 5 days ago