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Gay sex and
political scandals

Gay sex and
            political scandals

1964 Walter
Jenkins,
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s chief of
staff, is arrested on a “morals” charge:
oral sex with another man in a YMCA bathroom two
blocks from his White House office. He resigns a week later
when the story becomes public.

1978 New York
Democratic congressman Fred Richmond apologizes for
“bad judgments” after his arrest for
soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. Charges are
dropped after he seeks counseling; he is later reelected
three more times.

1980 Maryland
GOPer Robert Bauman, “pro-family” and
antigay, loses reelection to the U.S. House a month
after admitting that alcoholism and “homosexual
tendencies” led him to solicit a 16-year-old boy for
sex.

1981 Mississippi
Republican Jon Hinson resigns from Congress after
pleading no contest to charges of attempted “oral
sodomy” in a House bathroom.

1983 Facing
punishment from Congress for a 1973 relationship with a
17-year-old male page, Rep. Gerry Studds of
Massachusetts comes out. Though censured, the Democrat
is reelected six more times before retiring in 1996.

1989 The Bush
administration is caught amid controversy after a federal
investigation reveals GOP lobbyist Craig Spence took
male prostitutes on a late-night tour of the White
House. In November, Spence commits suicide in a Boston
hotel.

1990 The U.S.
House reprimands but does not censure out gay Democratic
representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts after it
surfaces that a hustler he had hired in the mid 1980s
had run a prostitution service from Frank’s
home.

2003 Brent
Parker
of Utah’s house of representatives resigns
while facing charges that he offered to hire an
undercover male officer, who was posing as a
hustler.

2004 New Jersey
governor James McGreevey, a Democrat, resigns and
comes out, acknowledging a gay affair. His lover, said to be
Golan Cipel, allegedly sought to extort millions from
him, though the governor procured numerous private-
and public-sector jobs for Cipel.

2004 Facing
allegations that he used a gay phone personals service,
conservative Republican congressman Ed Schrock of
Virginia announces he will not run for a third term.

2005 Jeff
Gannon
(né James D. Guckert) gives up his White
House press pass and resigns from his post as a writer
for a partisan blog site owned by a GOP activist,
after liberal bloggers reveal his past as an escort.

2005 Spokane,
Wash., mayor Jim West is recalled by voters from
office after being accused of enticing young men on Gay.com
with offers of internships and other favors.

2006 Dallas
candidate Tom Malin admits to having been an escort
until 2001. On March 7, he loses his bid for the Democrat
nomination for a seat in the Texas legislature.

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