Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Sex Scandals

  • James Everette Dutschke, of Tupelo, was brought before Lee County Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson on Jan. 22. Dutschke was charged with one count of child molestation, each from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Tupelo Police Department. His bond was set at $1 million.
  • Todd Kincannon, the former director of the South Carolina GOP, has found himself in the middle of a sexting scandal after a female acquaintance went public with a nude picture of himself that he reportedly sent to her.
  • Dinesh D'Souza resigns after days of controversy over accusations of marital infidelity against D'Souza, who reportedly attended a recent event on Christian values with a woman who was not his his wife of 20 years and shared a hotel room with her.
  • Desjarlais admitted to a doctor-patient affair in an email to supporters, but denied the woman had gotten pregnant, in spite of a long conversation in which the two bicker over whether or not he should accompany her to an abortion clinic in Atlanta. The woman would have been about four months pregnant at the time, according to the email DesJarlais sent defending his actions in the affair. He has been hit with an ethics complaint.
  • Horner withdrew from the election after being connected with a prostitution ring. He released a statement saying that he was resigning from all state politics.
  • The Senate Ethics committee has admonished Republican Sen. Tom Coburn over his involvement with a staffer to former Sen. John Ensign.
  • Michael Wiener, a GOP county commissioner in New Mexico, is being asked to resign after a picture of him posing with scantily clad women in a well-known red light district in the Philippines surfaced.
  • Michael Kobulnicky, a former San Diego Tea Party activist, was arrested for the abduction and sexual assault of a 56 year-old woman on February 25th. Kobulnicky was booked into San Diego Central Jail on numerous felony charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault and sex with a foreign object.
  • Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., stepped down as a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in the state after a newspaper published accusations that he threatened to deport a former boyfriend, who was from Mexico, when the man refused to keep quiet about their relationship.
  • Politico reported that two female employees had complained about inappropriate behavior by Cain during his tenure at the National Restaurant Association (1996-mid 1999). The women reportedly accepted financial settlements from the association which barred them from discussing their allegations further. Cain's campaign initially refused comment,but subsequently acknowledged that the accusations had been made. Cain strongly denied any impropriety, stating: "I have never sexually harassed anyone and those accusations are totally false."
  • Though Hinkle co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, in 2011 he was identified as the man who paid an 18-year-old man for "a really good time" in a hotel room. The man stated that when they were in the hotel room, Hinkle "grabbed him in the rear, dropped his towel and sat down on the bed — naked." Several of his fellow GOP lawmakers debated whether Hinkle should resign. Governor Mitch Daniels called the situation a "family tragedy".
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their separation after 25 years of marriage, with Shriver moving out of the couple's Brentwood mansion. The Los Angeles Times revealed that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child ten years earlier with an employee in their household. The household staff member was employed by the family for 20 years and retired in January. Shriver left their mansion after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the infidelity and paternity of the child.
  • Chris Lee was discovered to be soliciting sex from a male-to-female trans-sexual using Craigslist. This does not appear to be a one time occurrance as a second transgender person has stepped forward. Chris Lee had resigned in January as these this sex scandal was becoming public.
  • In Wisconsin, Republican state Senator Randy Hopper, while claiming to still live with his wife, was actually living outside the district he represents with a much younger 25-year-old mistress. In early 2011, the mistress was hired by a conservative lobbyist firm and given a state employee's job at rate of pay much higher than the previous person doing the job.
  • O'Keefe planned to seduce CCN Anchor Abbie Boudreau or his floating 'Pleasure Palace' with suggestive talk, candles and dildos as part of some kind of prank or practical joke. The joke failed when Izzy Santa, the executive director of Project Veritas, gave up the prank just before O'Keefe was going to enact it.
  • Serra was a prosecutor for 12 years until he was arrested in September 2010 and later pleaded guilty — under a legal classification that doesn't admit guilt — to criminal extortion and unlawful sexual contact. A jury also found him guilty of a bond violation. His victims say he preyed on the vulnerable, exposed himself, bargained for sex and threatened some female employees with losing their jobs, their families and their reputations if they didn't do what he wanted. This from an e-mail to one of his victims: "I am the master. You can't mess with me."
  • In 2009, the Fellowship received media attention in connection with three Republicans politician members who reportedly engaged in extra-marital affairs. Two of them, Senator John Ensign, and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, were considering running for President in 2012. The affairs of Ensign and then-Congressman Chip Pickering, R-Miss, took place while they were living at the C Street Center.
  • In July 2009, Duvall was caught on tape bragging to a fellow committee member about extramarital sex with two women, one of them a lobbyist. Los Angeles local television first aired the tape on September 8, 2009, and Duvall resigned the next day.
  • In 2009, Tennessee Senator Paul Stanley resigned from his seat amidst allegations that he had an affair with a 22 year old intern, whose boy friend attempted to extort $10,000 from Stanley in return for possible nude photos. Instead, Stanley reported the incident and resigned.
  • Ensign admitted extramarital affair with female member of his campaign staff