Political Scandals

Louisiana GOP to Sex Scandal Congressman: Resign, Hypocrite!

By on 4.10.14 | 1:27PM

The chairman of the Louisiana GOP today called for the resignation of Rep. Vance McAllister, saying the Republican congressman's sex scandal exposed "extreme hypocrisy."

A video released this week showed McAllister, who is married and has five children, kissing a married female staffer. The staffer's husband has said his marriage was destroyed by his wife's affair with the congressman. McAllister won a special election last year to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Rodney Alexander's appointment to a state office under Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

The statement issued Thursday morning by Roger Villere, chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana:

No Testimony by IRS Investigator, Justice Official Tells Congress

By on 2.3.14 | 8:47PM

Congress will not be allowed to question the Justice Department lawyer leading an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service scandal. In a letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Deputy Attorney General James Cole said DOJ attorney Barbara Bosserman will not be permitted to testify at a Thursday congressional hearing.

“The department’s longstanding policy, applied across administrations, is to decline to provide Congress with non-public information about ongoing criminal investigations,” Cole wrote in his letter to Jordan, explaining that Bosserman will not testify at a House Government Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The committee had sought Bosserman’s testimony “due to the administration's failure to provide necessary information about its IRS investigation,” Jordan said.

A Democrat Finally Tells the Truth

By on 7.31.13 | 11:05AM

Anthony Weiner's campaign communications director Barbara Morgan is being criticized for her obscene rant about a former intern who dished dirt on the campaign in the New York Daily News. While the crudity of Morgan's language may be lamentable, however, the fact is that the intern, Olivia Nuzzi, signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as is standard practice in all political campaigns. If any Republican political operative had ever so flagrantly violated an NDA, their name would be mud forever.

Of course, I doubt a GOP communication director would publicly call anyone the foul names Morgan called Nuzzi, but we should be grateful for Morgan's candor:

What Did Arianna Huffington Know, and When Did She Know It?

By on 5.15.13 | 9:49AM

The IRS scandal involves much more than the targeting of Tea Party groups according to what the inspector general's report calls "inappropriate criteria." As Ross Kaminsky points out, the liberal investigative journalism project Pro Publica has admitted getting confidential information on conservative groups from inside the IRS.

Monday, after the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) complained of its confidential donor information being leaked, I posed the question: What did Arianna Huffington know and when did she know it?

Wasserman-Schultz and Hoyer Repeat Calls for Weiner Resignation

By on 6.12.11 | 11:09AM

Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner's behavior "crossed the threshold" that requires him to resign, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said Sunday. Her call was echoed by Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House.

The renewed push from top Democrats for Weiner's resignation came as the Web site TMZ released photos that the Brooklyn Democrat took of himself posing in the congressional gym in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building. TMZ said Weiner, whose wife is a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had sent the photos to one of the women with whom he had exchanged sexual messages via the Internet.

Democrats Wonder: How Soon Will Anthony Weiner Resign?

By on 6.9.11 | 1:11AM

During his Monday confessional press conference, Rep. Anthony Weiner said he would not resign his congressional seat. Despite the scandalized New York Democrat's avowed intention of remaining in Congress, however, Weiner's tenure in the House is likely to end soon, as more and more of his fellow Democrats demand his resignation.

A top official of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania on Wednesday became the first House Democrat to call for Weiner's resignation. Five other House Democrats added their agreement. In a radio interview, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor similarly said Weiner should resign, a sentiment echoed Wednesday by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Virginia senatorial candidate Tim Kaine, both former chairmen of the Democratic National Committee.

Another Week of #WeinerGate?

By on 6.6.11 | 7:34AM

The online scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner -- the New York Democrat accused of using Twitter to send a crotch photo to a 21-year-old Seattle woman May 27 -- appears to be spreading. There are three new developments in the story:

Did N.Y. Congressman Send Penis Photo to Student?

By on 5.28.11 | 11:29PM

The Internet was abuzz Saturday after it was reported that Rep. Anthony Weiner had apparently sent a lewd photo to a Seattle-area college student.

The New York Democrat quickly asserted that his online accounts had been "hacked" after Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com reported that Weiner's Twitter account was used to send the photo, which shows the pelvic area of a man in gray undershorts with his tumescent penis bulging.

Late Friday night, a public message from Weiner's Twitter account (@RepWeiner) included a link to the penis photo, posted on the YFrog.com photo-sharing network. That message was directed to a Twitter account identified as belonging to 21-year-old Gennette Nicole Cordova, a student at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

Kentucky Scandal: Did Democrat Conway Tip His Brother About Drug Probe?

By on 10.23.10 | 5:24PM

The Senate race in Kentucky has been rocked by revelations that Democrat state attorney general Jack Conway's brother was the target of a drug investigation -- but no charges were filed against Matt Conway, and two Louisville detectives have been placed on leave after being accused of leaking information about the investigation:

After a criminal investigation by police, the Jefferson County Attorney's Office decided in August that no charges would be filed against Conway, [Detective Ronald] Russ, [Detective Scott] Wilson or a third narcotics detective, Chauncey Carthan, who was not involved in the leaks but was overheard discussing the second investigation in a restaurant last March.

Carthan's conversation was reported to Jack Conway, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, by a person supporting him. The brothers subsequently conferred with an attorney about the investigation of Matthew Conway, according to the investigative file.