Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Sex Scandals

  • Donald Trump is accused of pressuring his second wife, Marla Maples, to pose nude in Playboy magazine in 1990 and even went so far as to negotiate the amount of money she would receive. Maples refused to pose for the magazine because she didn't want to be exploited and worried that she would never be taken seriously again.
  • Dozens of women who have worked with or for Donald Trump at some point in their lives have come forward to accuse the presumptive Republican nominee of making unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate workplace conduct, and seemingly never ending commentary on their appearance.
  • Two Donald Trump supporters at a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin are accused of sexually assaulting and pepper spraying a 15 year old who was attending a protest against the Presidential candidate. They are also accused of pepper spraying a 19 year old female who was standing next to her.
  • The National Inquirer published a story accusing Senator Ted Cruz of having multiple and ongoing extramarital affairs. Senator Cruz refuted the allegations, but multiple Cruz opponents on both sides of the political aisle have been pushing these accusations for months.
  • Senator David Vitter's former mistress has publicly accused him of pressuring her to get an abortion after he found out she was carrying his child. Wendy Ellis, the anti-abortion Senator's former mistress, said in a recent interview that the sitting Senator first denied that he was the child's father, but then pressured her to get an abortion after she convinced him that the baby was in fact his. Ms. Ellis passed a polygraph exam when the story of Vitter's alleged affair first broke back in 2007 and the polygraph expert confirmed her story appears to be legit. Senator Vitter refused to take the polygraph exam, but later admitted to committing a “serious sin” back in 2007. The baby was put up for adoption immediately after birth and Ms.
  • Mathew Pennell, a staffer for Kansas Rep. Tim Huelkskamp, was charged with 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He was later sentenced to 1 year in prison and now is required to register as a sex offender.
  • Gia Arnold, a Republican running for a seat in the New York State Senate, has put her campaign on hold after admitting to having an extramarital affair and then leaving her husband. While she has decided to stop campaigning, she insists she will still be on the ballot this November.
  • Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis is currently under investigation for sexual misconduct after being accused of improperly touching a young boy during his confirmation mass.
  • El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is seen posing partially naked in a photo accompanied by a text message to a female subordinate reading "wish you were with me." The story references a seven-page complaint to the El Paso County Commission alleging that Maketa had sexual relationships with three female staffers with whom he traveled on the public dime. Both Mekata, who is married, and the three women named deny the allegations.
  • The director of a San Diego evangelical megachurch-affiliated rehab program is being sued by six women who claim they were sexually harassed during counseling. David Powers, 54, who ran the Rock Church-associated scheme, allegedly fondled, groped and hit vulnerable recovering addicts who were supposed to be under his care. He's also accused of making lewd sexual advances and of lying atop at least one of the women as she slept. Six women have now filed a lawsuit against The Rock Church, Powers, Powers' company ABC Sober Living and his wife Tina Powers.
  • Doug Phillips, the former President of the now defunct Vision Forum and prominent leader of the controversial Quiverfull movement, has been accused of sexual battery and assault of a minor according to a recent lawsuit filed on behalf of the alleged victim. Mr. Phillips is accused of treating the alleged victim like a "personal sex object" and of performing a multitude of sexual acts over a period of many year against the young woman's will.
  • Louisiana U.S. Representative Vance McAllister, who ran on a platform of Christian conservatism and family values, was caught passionately kissing a Congressional aide on videotape. McAllister admitted that it was him on the tape and asked for forgiveness from God, his family, staff, and constituents.
  • Prosecutors charged former Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer on Friday with sexually assaulting a political aide three years ago following a Republican mixer. Kramer is charged with two counts of second-degree felony sexual assault. He faces up to $200,000 in fines and 80 years in prison if convicted on both charges. He is due to make an initial court appearance on April 14.
  • Republicans in Wisconsin unanimously voted to remove Bill Kramer as Assembly Majority Leader after he was accused of sexual harassment at a recent fundraiser and another woman accused him of harassment on a recent flight back to Wisconsin.
  • Bill Gothard, the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles and religious right icon, has been relieved of his duties after being accused of harassing women working at his ministry and failing to report multiple child abuse cases to Child Protective Services. Billy Boring , Chairman of the Institute, released a statement saying Gothard "will not be involved in the operations of the ministry. The board of directors will be prayerfully appointing interim leadership.”
  • A forthcoming book by Gabriel Sherman interviews a woman that worked with Roger Ailes in the 1980's who claims that Mr. Ailes offered her a pay raise in exchange for weekly sex with him whenever he would like. Randi Harrison, the woman in question, claims that Mr. Ailes said he would pay her an extra $100 per week if she would agree to the demand.
  • Kirsten Anderson, the communications director for the Republican State Senate caucus in Iowa, claims that she was fired only hours after raising concerns to her superiors about a pattern of sexual harassment in the workplace. She claims that the harassment was being done by not only staff, but by legislatures as well. Ms. Anderson said that she was given no explanation for the firing this past Friday, but Iowa GOP Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix insisted it was her "career performance" that was the reason for her termination.
  • Adam Savader, a former intern for Mitt Romney's failed Presidential bid, was arrested and charged with cyber stalking and blackmailing young women to send him nude photos of themselves. Mr. Savader is accused of obtaining nude photographs of fifteen different women and then blackmailing them into sending him more, or else he would publish the photo's.
  • Pete Domenici, a former Republican Senator from New Mexico, recently came forward and admitted that he fathered a child out of wedlock back in the 1970's. Mr. Domenici issued an apology to the citizens of New Mexico asking for their forgiveness and for them to not judge him on this issue but his record for the state.
  • Rich Sheeley, the now former Lt. Governor of Nebraska, resigned from office today after a story broke in The Omaha World-Herald that he had used State issued cell-phones to make thousands of late night phone calls to at least four women that were not his wife.