Republican "Paragons of Virtue" at the State or Local Levels :
Corrupt Republican Governors :
- California's Arnold Schwarzenegger is so much bigger than other public figures that it takes a whole web site to cover his
[immorality: AND corruption:
- [corruption:] Connecticut's John Rowland resigned in disgrace and was sentenced to Federal prison after being convicted of corruption in 2004. Also involved with his crimes were the state Treasurer, Paul Sylvester, and Ben Andrews, the former longtime leader of the Connecticut chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., which shows why kind of African Americans become Republican politicians.
- [corruption:] Ohio's Bob Taft III pleaded no contest in Aug. 2005 to charges that he violated state ethics laws, becoming the first governor in the state's history to be convicted of a crime.
- [corruption:] Kentucky's Ernie Fletcher indicted in job scandal in May, 2006. Like Republican Gov, of Arkansas, Fletcher was an ordained Baptist minister.
- [corruption:] Illinois George Ryan was found guilty by a federal jury of all 18 counts or bribery and corruption against him, ending an historic, marathon public corruption trial in April 2006, and he was sentenced in Sept. to 6 1/2 years in prison.
Corrupt state and local Republican politicos :
- [ immorality] In the Fall of 2009, yet another conservative Christian Republican fell from grace. Assemblymen Michael Duvall, from Yorba Linda, CA., made the mistake of bragging before a "hot mike" to a fellow legislator, about his sexual conquests with female lobbyists, at "the head table" of a legislative hearing room, . This champion opponent of gay equality was a married man with two children who had earned a 100% rating for good Christian family values organizations. Now, he's joined the cavalcade of disgraced hypocritical Republican former politiicians.
- [immorality:] Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"): used to demonstrate in front of the Capital in Tallahassee, FL, with large signs and banners, denouncing the "filthy morals" of Bill Clinton. Not long after Bill left office, Republican Marty was arrested for having extended, multiple sexual contacts between himself and two girls, aged 13-14, delivering the drug LSD. On the way to the Police Station, he keeled over dead in the Police car, after downing the contents of a bottle of drain cleaner.
- [corruption:] Former Alaska state Rep. Vic Kohring was convicted in Nov. 2007 on three of four counts of corruption for selling influence to Veco Corp. executives. A federal jury found him guilty of conspiracy, attempted extortion and bribery. [ http://www.adn.com/news/politics/fbi/kohring/story/9418965p-9335214c.html ]
- [corruption:] Former Speaker of the Alaska House, Pete Kott, was found guilty on three of the four charges brought against him. On December 7, 2007 he was sentenced to six years in prison
- [corruption:] Fomer Alaska Republican state Representative Vic Kohring was sentenced last week to 42 months in prison for taking bribes as part of a scheme to keep Alaska oil taxes down. In November 2007 a jury convicted Kohring of bribery, attempted extortion, and conspiracy for soliciting and receiving multiple cash payments from executives of VECO Corporation,
- [corruption:] Tom Anderson was convicted on seven counts of conspiracy and bribery on July 9th, 2007. On October 15th, he was sentenced to five years in prison.
- [corruption:] Ben Stevens, the son of extremely powerful U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens was appointed to the Alaska State Senate in August 2001, was the Majority Leader for the 2003-2004 term, and the President for the 2005-2006 term, and did not seek re-election in November 2006, when he was under investigation for corruption. Charges were still pending as of Nov. 2007. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Stevens.
- [immorality:] Republican California Assemblyman Steve Samuelian, who ran as a "conservative's conservative" and is a married man,
has been caught by police a second time (first time in1998) attempting to solicit sex from prostitutes in Fresno,California.
- [immorality:] Republican activist Randal David Ankeney, arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child with force. He faces 6 charges related to getting a 13-year-old girl stoned on pot and then having sex with her. Also accused of sexually assaulting another girl.
Gay sex scandal rocks Spokane
By Chris McGann and Kathy Mulady
Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporters
Friday, May 6, 2005
Spokane Mayor Jim West, who championed an anti-gay agenda during his tenure as one of the most powerful Republicans in the Legislature, admitted to using the trappings of his current office to entice what he thought was a young adult man, but denied allegations that he molested two young boys more than 20 years ago.
West confirmed to The Spokesman-Review of Spokane that he offered gifts, favors and a City Hall internship during Internet chats with a man he believed was 18. The online pen pal was actually a forensic computer expert working for the newspaper. After the story hit the newsstands yesterday, West sent city staffers a remorseful e-mail. . .
In more than 20 years in the Legislature, West had initiated legislation to outlaw sexual contact between consenting teenagers; supported a bill that would have barred gays and lesbians from working for schools, day care centers and some state agencies; voted to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman; and, as Senate majority leader, allowed a bill that would ban discrimination against gays and lesbians to die in committee without a hearing.
As Spokane mayor, West threatened to veto a measure extending benefits to domestic partners of city employees."
[ from http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/223201_west06.html ]
20 years earlier Spokane was rocked with a huge scandal in which a police officer and boy scout leader was under investigation for molesting a number of boys, but committed suicide before he could be prosecuted. At that time the very close partner of that man, as both police officer and boy scout leader, Jim West, was not suspected of wrong-doing. West went on to become a very conservative Republican legislator and then Mayor of Spokane.
[ from http://www.spokesmanreview.com/jimwest/story.asp?ID=050505_westmain ]
"Noe guilty 29 times; former-coin dealer
will face a minimum of 10 years in state prison"
(Tom Noe is easy to confuse with the Congressman Bob Ney, also from Ohio, who pleaded guilty in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, and resigned from Congress in the same year, 2006. Tom Noe was a very prominent Republican contributor and beneficiary of public benefits.)
"Noe was found guilty of two theft counts, 18 forgery counts, four money laundering counts, four tampering with records counts, and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, the most serious crime. . .
( Bush's extremely narrow win in Ohio in 2004 is what made him President of the United States for another four years.)
The verdict marks the second time in less than two months that Noe was judged guilty.
U.S. District Judge David Katz sentenced Noe to 27 months in prison on Sept. 12 for violating federal campaign finance law. Noe illegally poured more than $45,000 into the re-election campaign of President Bush in 2003.
That same year Noe had secured a federal appointment as well: The Bush administration appointed him to the chairmanship of an important committee at the U.S. Mint."
"G.O.P. Fundraiser Admits to Child Porn"
Gets Probation in Case in Baltimore
By Michael Laris
Washington Post Staff Writer
April 24, 2003
A. Delgaudio, a longtime Northern Virginia–based fundraiser for conservative causes and personalities, was sentenced to two years' probation after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge.
Delgaudio was charged with taking sexually explicit photographs of a 16-year-old girl. He paid the girl – a single mother and high school dropout – by the hour for photo shoots at the Deluxe Plaza Motel in Baltimore, according to court documents and Baltimore City Police Detective Randy Wynn, who investigated the case."
"West Virginia state mining officials concluded Thursday that a fatal mine accident in January could have been prevented, placing blame on a huge coal company run by one of the country's biggest Republican donors, Don Blankenship, the chairman, CEO and president of the Massey Energy Company of Richmond, Va.
He has spent millions of dollars to promote Republican candidates and causes in this year's election.
The report on the fatal mine accident cites "168 notices of violations" in Massey Energy's Aracoma Mine that led to the deaths of two miners, according to the investigation issued by the West Virginia Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training.
The scathing report came just days before Tuesday's election, in which Blankenship has played a major role.
In September and October alone, Blankenship has spent $2,041,510 of his own money to place television commercials, billboards and newspaper advertisements on behalf of Republican candidates in West Virginia, according to state election records reviewed by ABC News.
"Blankenship has a company that has killed people, hurts people and is using political power to try to line up friendly judges and a friendly legislature," says Norm Steenstra, the executive director of the Mountain State Education and Research Foundation, a non-profit group that advocates campaign reform measures.
Blankenship's extraordinarily large expenditures are legal under West Virginia and federal election laws because the money is steered through a non-profit group he established, "And for the Sake of the Kids."
Blankenship has backed more than 40 candidates in this year's election, almost all of whom are considered to be pro-business and in favor of revamping what is considered the state's "plaintiff friendly" environment."