Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2014 Republican Sex Scandals

  • 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.