Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Historical Top\Worst Republican Controversies (Before 2014)

  • When the McCain/Palin ticket failed to win, both McCain and Palin expected to give a concession speech. It was revealed that the McCain aides 'literally turned the lights out on Palin when she retook the stage later that night to take pictures with her family, fearing that she would give the concession speech after all.' Another McCain aide who had left the scene is said to have phoned a colleague and yelled: 'Get control of her! Get her ass off the stage.'
  • In 1983, Romney packed up his family for a 12-hour drive from Boston to Ontario. His five sons filled up the car, leaving no room for the family's Irish Setter, Seamus, so the resourceful Romney strapped the dog's crate to the car roof. When Seamus suffered an apparent bout of diarrhea during the trip, Romney pulled into a service station, where "he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway". This has recently become an issue with Romney admitting openly to it on Fox News, getting backlash from pro animal rights associations. Many believe this is "a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management", a quote from a reporter of "The Boston Globe".
  • On August 11, 2006, at a campaign stop in Breaks, Virginia, near the Kentucky border, Allen twice used the word macaca to refer to S.R. Sidarth, an Indian-American, who was filming the event as a "tracker" for the opposing Webb campaign. Allen apologized, first saying he intended to say "mohawk," an incorrect reference to Sidarth's hair cut. He then revised his story, saying he meant to call Sidarth "caca" and then claiming that he did not know the meaning of the word. 'Macaca' is a pejorative epithet used by francophone colonialists in Central Africa's Belgian Congo for the native population. It is derived from the name of the genus comprising macaque monkeys whose name has also itself been used as a racial slur.
  • In February 2005, Giuliani pocketed $80,000 for speaking at a charity benefit for tsunami aid which raised only $60,000 for the victims themselves.
  • In November 2002, KBR was tasked to plan oil well firefighting in Iraq, and in February 2003 was issued a contract to conduct the work. Critics contend that it was a no-bid contract, awarded due to Dick Cheney's position as vice president. Concern was also expressed that the contract could allow KBR to pump and distribute Iraqi oil. Others contend, however, that this was not strictly a no-bid contract, and was invoked under a contract that KBR won "in a competitive bid process." The contract, referred to as LOGCAP, is a contingency-based contract that is invoked at the convenience of the Army. Because the contract is essentially a retainer, specific orders are not competitively bid.
  • The Santorum controversy arose over Republican former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum's statements about homosexuality and the right to privacy. In an interview with the Associated Press taped on April 7, 2003,and published April 20, 2003, Santorum stated that he believed mutually consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual acts. Santorum described the ability to regulate consensual homosexual acts as comparable to the states' ability to regulate other consensual and non-consensual sexual behavior, such as adultery, polygamy, child molestation, incest, sodomy, and bestiality, whose decriminalization he believed would threaten society and the family, as they are not monogamous and heterosexual.
  • During the Salt Lake City Olympics, Romney lost his temper on a volunteer security worker. Romney had been stuck in a traffic jam and tried to start directing traffic over the objections of the local sheriff. Romney then allegedly started swearing at an 18 year-old security volunteer. Romney denies using the f-word.
  • Trent Lott said we would have avoided problems if segregationist Strom Thurmond was elected. "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."
  • Upon being elected, Roy Moore had a nearly 3-ton monument of the Ten Commandments displayed outside of the courthouse. He was supported by various religious groups.A judged ruled that, the monument, clearly Judeo-Christian, being displayed is a clear violation of the First Amendment that prohibits the government from endorsing a religion and must be removed. On August 14, Moore announced his intention to disobey Judge Thompson's order to have the monument removed. Moore had to be forcibly removed from office.
  • On March 19, 1997, investigators from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company. The Columbia/HCA board of directors pressured Scott to resign as Chairman and CEO following the inquiry. He was paid $9.88 million in a settlement. He also left owning 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million. Columbia/HCA eventually ended up paying over $2 billion in settlements and fine do to resulting fraud cases
  • At the end of 2007, both the New York Sun and The New York Times Magazine reprinted passages from early 1990s publications of Paul's newsletters, attacking them for content deemed racist. These were the same newsletters that had been used against Paul during his 1996 congressional campaign.