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Here we go again: Ex-L.A. County GOP official arrested for allegedly sexting with 16-year-old girl

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Ew eww o meter John Oliver

You gotcher Weiner. You gotcher Filner. You gotcher Vitter. Now you gotcher Scott Hounsell.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting on the arrest of the former executive director of the L.A. County Republican Party for allegedly "engaging in sexually explicit chats" on a social media site (nobody will reveal which one) with a sixteen-year-old girl. He's 30:

On his Twitter page, Hounsell describes himself as the "Democrats' worst nightmare."

I went to that page, but now it looks like this:

twitter page Hounsell

He was booked on a misdemeanor, "sending harmful matter to a child." He resigned from his post in June.

Hounsell’s bail was set at $40,000, and he was released Friday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's website. [...]

Hounsell’s LinkedIn profile says he previously worked for state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth as a field representative and internship coordinator.

So guess who Hounsell's been supporting on the Twitter Machine?  Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Guess who he's been critical of?  The Obama administration and all their evil Marxist commie gay Kenyan spending. He also thinks Atty. Gen. Eric Holder should resign.

So he's clearly a stand-up, conservative, straight-shooting family values kind of guy. Oh, but I kid the alleged sext-fiend.

And as we all know, where there is a Republican sexcapade, there is always a punch line. Wait for it...

In late May, he weighed in on embattled New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, asking: “Is it just me, or does every #Weiner headline for the NY Mayors race seem like an intentional dirty pun?”

irony is not dead

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Cliff Notes-- IOKIYAR: Republicans preach morality but do the opposite

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Via aaateeshirts.com

Via aaateeshirts.com

Recently I posted about hypocrite extraordinaire Pete Domenici, the former GOP senator who admitted to a secret affair and fathering a child outside marriage.

Which brings me to my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, who has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

Domenici is certainly not the first politician to suffer from "Strom Thurmond's Disease". ... Just another sad story of conservative hypocrisy, and in Thurmond's case, one of many dalliances with women not his wife for the "family values"-spouting, Lost Cause romantic.

This is not to say this kind of thing doesn't happen on the Democratic/liberal side... Yet, the difference is that like most Republicans, Domenici was abundantly concerned what was going on in our private lives if we were gay, a woman, or a President being impeached in the 1990s over an affair.  [...]

For kicks, here was his statement at the time, dripping with enough irony to quench even Marco Rubio's thirst. [...]

Truthfulness is the first pillar of good character in the Character Counts program of which I have been part of establishing in New Mexico... Guess which one of these pillars comes first? Trustworthiness. Trustworthiness... So what do I say to the children in my state when they ask, "Didn't the President lie? Doesn't that mean he isn't trustworthy? Then, Senator, why didn't the Senate punish him?"

Ooh, I have an answer! How about you tell the children of your state that if character counts, your life adds up to a goose egg? [...]

Frankly, the most important part of this affair is that it's another reminder of why the troupe of old men playing pajama dress up, known as the "Tea Party", are so perpetually angry. This is the way the world is supposed to exist... Old white guys thumping Bibles on weekends ... and doing the very things they warned us to avoid.

No longer do they get to just live in this world of white, male privilege, and it's a serious bummer. It's why you see Ted Nugent doing performance art for dementia, and more famous white guys from David Mamet to Rick Warren striking out with articles or tweets that make no sense in the real world. And let's not even get started on Pope Benedict.

These guys have to actually answer today for the ultimate form of elitism: their white male privilege of being able to tell us all how to behave while blithely ignoring the very same dictates. ... [W]e have the numbers at polling booths, and it's driving them bonkers.

IOKIYARIOKIYAR

opposite worldCliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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Former GOP senator admits to secret affair, fathering child outside marriage

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CREW, 2007:

CREW just asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) for his role in the growing scandal surrounding the dismissal of David Iglesias, the U.S. Attorney from New Mexico.

Sen. Domenici has now admitted that he called Mr. Iglesias, stating “I asked Mr. Iglesias if he could tell me what was going on in that investigation and give me an idea of what time frame we were looking at.”

In a discussion of Senate Rule 43, the Senate Ethics Manual states that “[t]he general advice of the Ethics Committee concerning pending court actions is that Senate offices should refrain from intervening in such legal actions . . . until the matter has reached a resolution in the courts.”

Pete Domenici, February 2013 (both parties' complete statements at that Livewire link):

More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside my marriage. The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she. I have been concerned about the burden of privacy on the son Adam Laxalt.

Michelle Laxalt, the mother of Domenici's child:

I come from a political family and learned early in life the value of privacy. I vowed that I would make personal decisions based not on politics, but on my values. This self-pledge was tested when one night's mistake led to pregnancy more than 30 years ago. I chose to go through with that pregnancy, although other choices were available. I also chose to raise my child as a single parent. Given the fact that both my father and the father of my child were United States senators, I felt strongly that I would make this choice according to my values, and would not seek advice, input or permission. [...]

Recently information has come to me that this sacred situation might be twisted, re-written out of whole cloth, and shopped to press outlets large and small in a vicious attempt to smear, hurt and diminish Pete Domenici, an honorable man...

Yesterday: Massachusetts GOP demands Ed Markey cancel “disgusting” fundraiser with Eliot Spitzer. Double standard much?

Conclusions:

  1. Pete Domenici is not "an honorable man." His ethics are questionable, to say the least.
  2. People make mistakes, Democrats and Republicans. That is true and it is also not the issue, and I'm sick of those on the right offering up a false equivalence every time a Republican cheating on his wife makes headlines. The issue? See #3.
  3. Republicans claim to be the party of "family values," yet they continue to expose their own hypocrisy. Their party's double standards don't seem to faze them, and they rarely waste an opportunity to point fingers at Democrats who did not run on a "family values" platform. It's the hypocrisy, stupid.
  4. Domenici's lover emphasized her freedom to choose various options to deal with her situation. She "chose to go through with that pregnancy, although other choices were available." Fine. That worked for her, but it doesn't work for every woman. (Domenici has a long record of being anti-choice.)
  5. Family values my ass.
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