Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2014 Republican Scandals

  • Ex-employees of Dave Ramsey's The Lampro Group started a social group to keep in touch with ex-coworkers. That group then evolved into a place where former and current employees could air greivences against a boss which they describe as a bully. Ramsey began spying on the group and the employees that left years ago fear for their safety as they say they are unsure how far Ramsey will go.
  • 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.
  • On May 12, 2014, it was reported that Jarrett had taken time off from Fox for personal reasons. On May 21, 2014, Jarrett was arrested at a bar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, where he appeared to be intoxicated. He was charged with interfering with a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor.
  • The state of Oklahoma has been ordered to pay $303,333 for the attorney fees of the plaintiffs after a court fight found the states anti-Sharia law unconstitutional. The law was passed overwhelmingly by state voters in 2010, but was immediately challenged in court on the grounds it violated the First Amendment. A federal judge prevented the measure from going into effect and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. The state has agreed to pay the legal fees over a period of three years.
  • 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.
  • A grand jury is looking into accusations that Bill Weisenberger, a conservative judge in Mississippi who has been accused of striking a mentally challenged man in a local flea market and yelling "Run n-gger, run!" as the young man ran away. The young man was approaching the flea market in search of employment opportunities when Weisenberger accosted him. Multiple witnesses have confirmed the young man's accusations. Judge Weisenberger has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
  • Conservative political blogger Clayton Thomas Kelly was arrested and charged with the exploitation of a vulnerable adult after he allegedly sneaked into the nursing home where Senator Thad Cochran's wife resides and took pictures of her for an online video. Kelly was allegedly attempting to do a 'hit piece' against Sen. Cochran and in support of his primary challenger, State Sen. Chris McDaniel. McDaniel's campaign insists that he has 'no relationship' with Kelly and that he is not involved in his campaign.
  • Bobby Harrell is trying to shut down the Grand Jury investigating him for corruption by trying to get the case moved to the House Ethics Committee. Ethics advocates say "The House Ethics Committee is nothing but a fraud," said John Crangle, who leads Common Cause South Carolina, in an interview with The Huffington Post. "It's never done anything. To send it to the House Ethics Committee is basically to deep-six it, which is exactly what Harrell would like to do."
  • Just before 2 a.m. on April 21, Dane Eagle was arrested in Tallahassee on suspicion of DUI. Police first spotted him pulling out of a Taco Bell in his black SUV before he narrowly avoided hitting a median, then stopped in an intersection, veered into a curb and ran a traffic light, according to arrest documents. Eagle was booked and released.
  • A judge seated a grand jury in Austin last week to consider whether Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is weighing another run for the White House, abused his power when he carried out a threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding for public corruption prosecutors last summer. Aides to Perry say he legally exercised his veto power. Others say Perry was abusing his state office and is finally getting his comeuppance. The grand jury is impaneled for three months. In the original complaint, McDonald accused Perry of breaking laws related to coercion of a public servant and abuse of official capacity.
  • 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.
  • Mike Ellis, the president of the Wisconsin State Senate, formally dropped his bid for reelection after a recording surfaced showing Ellis talking about creating a Super PAC so he could go after his challenger, which is a clear violation of Federal Election laws. Ellis says in the tapes that he wanted 'somebody else to attack' his opponent and was plotting how he could come up with upwards of $500,000 dollars to get the Super PAC started.
  • 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.
  • Earl Bullard, the mayor of a small South Carolina town, fired the town police chief after he wrote her up seven times in one day and she refused to sign any of the reprimands. Bullard is being accused of being openly hostile towards Bullard because she is a lesbian and is even recorded on tape saying he would rather have a drunk take care of his children over "somebody whose lifestyle is questionable." Bullard insists he had full legal authority to fire the police chief, but many council members disagree with him and insist he doesn't have the authority to fire the police chief without a majority of the city councils approval.
  • Dane Eagle, a State Representative in Florida, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol for allegedly running a red light after leaving a local fast food restaurant. The arresting officer pulled Eagle over around 2 am and arrested him after noticing his eyes were bloodshot and his breath smelled of alcohol. The arresting office also said Eagle stumbled and struggled to stand upright on a flat roadway while he was talking with him. Mr. Eagle denied any wrongdoing in a statement and insisted he will fight the charge.
  • 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.
  • Mike Maggio admits he was way out of order with his cracks about Oscar winner Charlize Theron’s adoption of a South African son. He confessed that he leaked details of the court process in addition to making racist and other offensive remarks on a Louisiana State University fan message board. In a January 2012 posting about the adoption, Maggio — using the screen name “geauxjudge” — revealed that Theron came to court with an entourage for the single-parent adoption two months before Theron announced it. He has admitted to and apologized for the comments and has withdrawn from the Court of Appeals race. In addition to leaking details of confidential cases, he has also has been known to post racists rants.
  • 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.
  • On February 22, 2014, reports surfaced that Tea Party activist and Kansas State Senate candidate Milton Wolf posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of carnage. Milton Wolf currently practices radiology in the Kansas City metropolitan area. One of the comments that have people understandably outraged is this, “It reminds (me) of the scene from 'Terminator 2' when they shoot the liquid metal terminator guy in the face at close range and it kind of splits him open temporarily almost like a flower blooming. We all find beauty in different things.
  • Shortly after his election, Governor Christie appointed two of his friends and political donors, John and Mary Kay Strangfeld, to the typically ceremonial positions of chairman and vice chairman at the Drumthwacket Foundation, a nonprofit that has restored and maintains the New Jersey Governors mansion. John Strangfeld is also the chairman of the insurance agency Prudential, a company that received a record-setting $250 million dollar tax incentive to move its Newark headquarters only a few blocks down the street. The number averages out to the taxpayers spending $527,000 per job that was created in the handout.