Roy Ashburn

Former Republican State Senator

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  • Republican Romney leads old guard in condemnation of Trump as 'a fraud'Thu Mar 03, 2016 | reuters.com
    Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a blistering rebuke of 2016 Republican front-runner Donald Drumpf on Thursday, leading an attempt by the party...
  • How Dynasties Sank the GOP and the DemocratsSun Feb 28, 2016 | politico.com
    No matter what happens on Super Tuesday, it’s clear who the real losers will be on election night: The Democratic and Republican parties. An election season that began as a...
  • Jeb Bush Dropping Out: Inside His $150 Million FailureSat Feb 20, 2016 | politico.com
    Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment’s last, best hope, began his 2016 campaign rationally enough, with a painstakingly collated operational blueprint his team called,...
  • Jeb Bush, the Un-candidateTue Feb 09, 2016 | politico.com
    Jeb Bush banned me from the bus. It was October 2014, two months before Jeb would announce he was exploring a run for president, and I had come to west Texas as an...
  • The Cowardice of the Republican CandidatesMon Nov 30, 2015 | theatlantic.com
    Give Donald Trump this: He has taught Americans something about the candidates he’s running against. He has exposed many of them as political cowards. In August, after...
  • How Donald Trump Broke Jeb BushMon Nov 30, 2015 | thedailybeast.com
    In jujutsu, one uses an opponent’s weight against him. And, in the version most often seen in politics, a candidate turns his opponent’s strength into a weakness. In...
  • The Page Who Took Down the GOPFri Nov 20, 2015 | politico.com
    In the middle of October I was sitting on my couch in Washington and heard a familiar name come up on CNN: Dennis Hastert. “Prosecutors have charged Hastert with lying to...
  • State Sen. Roy Ashburn says he's homosexualTue Mar 09, 2010 | articles.latimes.com
    Days after his DUI arrest, the Republican lawmaker makes the declaration to a Bakersfield radio host. Critics accuse him of hypocrisy. He says his past votes simply reflect...
Roy Ashburn Scandals & Controversies
  • On March 3, 2010, Ashburn was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving while operating a State of California owned vehicle. The Senator was pulled over in Sacramento by the California Highway Patrol shortly before 2 a.m., with sources saying he was leaving a Sacramento gay nightclub, Faces, in the Lavender Hill neighborhood, with an unidentified male passenger in a state-owned Chevy Tahoe. Ashburn's blood alcohol content was measured at 0.14%. The arrest "launched nationwide speculation that the veteran lawmaker is gay and therefore a hypocrite for voting against gay-rights bills." In response to those accusations, during an interview on KERN radio, Ashburn stated that he is gay and that he believes "that my responsibility is to my constituents."

Roy Ashburn Marital History

DateTypeSummary
2003DivorceArrest fallout: Fellow politician says Ashburn lives 'secret life'