“Let’s put this whole episode to bed,” the former President said.
At the height of the Cold War, only a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the gorgeous teenage model had simultaneous affairs with a Russian diplomat and Britain’s secretary of state for war, John Profumo.
Profumo, a senior figure in Harold Macmillan’s Tory government, was married and, of course, privy to all the country’s military secrets.
What sealed Profumo’s fate was false denial of the affair in a speech to the House of Commons.
Sexual hanky-panky with a mistress, tut-tut.
Sharing the mistress with the country’s greatest enemy when you know state secrets and could be blackmailed, well, a bit of a problem.
Lying to fellow MPs, goodbye.
In the wake of the scandal, Keeler posed for one of the great photos of the era.
Served there for 53 years.
Who does he want to succeed him? It’s a shocker:
He endorsed his eldest son, John Conyers III, to succeed him in Congress. –Detroit News
Comment: Btw, I think Nancy Pelosi upped the pressure on him because of next Tuesday’s Alabama election. Better for the party to go into that election without that albatross.
He’s Blake Farenthold (R-TX). $84,000 settlement.
Name ’em. Shame ’em.
Shame the party if they don’t cut off campaign funds to him.
Transparency on the whole thing so the voters (primary and general) can decide whether to keep him, if he doesn’t resign in disgrace.
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment, revealing yet another way that lawmakers can use taxpayer dollars to hide their misbehavior on Capitol Hill.
While the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices. –Washington Times
Media bias alert: The article appears–and is fairly reported–in the Congressman’s local paper, Tucson.com and The Arizona Star (link here).
But, so far, NO mainstream media have run it.
Comment: Now comes the hard question for Nancy Pelosi. Is Raul an icon?
Second question: What’s the over/under on time until Conyers and Grijalva play the “oppressed minority, unfairly treated” card?
Roberts made her comment on ABC’s This Week. (Transcript here)
PALMER: I don’t think that the culture has — we haven’t seen major shift, right? And I would also just point out, members policing themselves, a very bad track record of it, whether it’s about these kind of scandals, whether it’s about how they use their finances. There is — nobody is saying that they’re going to change the whole process by which this is done, that they’re going to throw out members if they actually have sexual harassment cases. This is a big problem for them.
ROBERTS: The fact that people are willing to be public can change things. I mean, we all talked about for years.
RADDATZ: A little bit at a time.
ROBERTS: Don’t get in the elevator with him, you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in elevator with him. Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.
Comment: She apparently did not recognize that her admission is as damning to the cozy DC press as it is to Conyers.
She was casually reporting that, even after the Weinstein scandal, no one in the Washington Press corps was willing to expose what all insiders knew.
Btw, I didn’t see other news outlets picking up Roberts’ admission and broadcasting it widely.
Media bias involves omission, as well as commission.
Comment #2: If Conyers’ conduct was habitual and well-known, then Nancy Pelosi’s defense of him is even more noxious.
Comment #3: Please note that I have written extensively on Roy Moore’s predatory behavior. This post about Conyers is not a partisan one.