[Marxism] Can't keep it in their pants

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jun 26 08:18:52 MDT 2004


NY Times, June 26, 2004
Candidate, Under Pressure, Quits Senate Race in Illinois
By STEPHEN KINZER

CHICAGO, June 25 - Crippled by accusations about sex clubs and losing 
support from his own party, Jack Ryan, the Republican Senate candidate 
in Illinois, pulled out of the race on Friday, leaving Republicans 
searching for a new face to defend a critical Senate seat.

"It's clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely could 
not take place if I remain in the race," Mr. Ryan said in a statement to 
reporters at his campaign headquarters. "What would take place, rather, 
is a brutal, scorched-earth campaign - the kind of campaign that has 
turned off so many voters, the kind of politics I refuse to play."

The candidacy of Mr. Ryan, 44, an investment banker turned teacher in 
the inner city, imploded when a judge unsealed custody papers that 
included statements by his former wife, the actress Jeri Ryan (she 
played "7 of 9", a reformed Borg, on Startrek), saying he had taken her 
to sex clubs and asked her to have public sex. Her accusations left 
Republicans reeling in a race that represents one of the Democrats' top 
chances to pick up a seat now held by a Republican, Peter G. Fitzgerald, 
who is not seeking a second term.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/26/politics/26ryan.html

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NY Daily News, June 25, 2004
Say judge got
a grip on himself

OKLAHOMA CITY - Giving new meaning to the phrase "if it please the 
court," an Oklahoma judge allegedly masturbated and used a device for 
enhancing erections on the bench while court was in session.
A court clerk also told state officials she once saw Judge Donald 
Thompson shaving the area around his genitals with a disposable razor 
while he was on the bench.

The stunning allegations were made in a petition from the state attorney 
general, who is seeking to remove the randy jurist from the bench.

The formal complaint from Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson 
charges that Thompson, 57, engaged in "conduct constituting an offense 
involving moral turpitude in violation of the Oklahoma Constitution," 
Edmondson's spokesman said yesterday.

The Sapulpa District judge flatly denies the charges, his attorney Clark 
Brewster said yesterday. He said the judge received a penis pump for his 
50th birthday as a gag gift, which became a source of a running joke in 
the courthouse.

"The allegations are bizarre and preposterous," Brewster said. 
"Recently, some members of local law enforcement that are upset with a 
number of his rulings used this situation to embarrass and attack him."

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