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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Another sex-crazed Republican. Now that über-voyeur Kenneth Starr is back in the news, let's take a look at Illinois's Republican Senate candidate
Jack Ryan (Chicago Sun-Times):
Declaration of [ex-wife] Jeri Ryan, dated June 9, 2000.

I made it clear to [Jack Ryan] that our marriage was over for me in the spring of 1998. On three trips, one to New Orleans, one to New York and one to Paris, [he] insisted that I go to sex clubs with him. These were surprise trips that [he] arranged. They were long weekends, supposed "romantic" getaways.

The clubs in New York and Paris were explicit sex clubs. [He] had done research.

[Jack Ryan] took me to two clubs in New York during the day. One club I refused to go in. It had mattresses in cubicles. The other club he insisted I go to. . . . It was a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling.

[He] wanted me to have sex with him there, with another couple watching. I refused.

[He] asked me to perform a sexual activity upon him, and he specifically asked other people to watch. I was very upset.

We left the club and [he] apologized, said that I was right and he would never insist that I go to a club again. He promised it was out of his system.

Then during a trip to Paris, he took me to a sex club in Paris, without telling me where we were going. I told him I thought it was out of his system. I told him he had promised me we would never go. People were having sex everywhere. I cried, I was physically ill.

[He] became very upset with me, and said it was not a "turn on" for me to cry.
"He had done research."

Obviously this is bad behavior. But it only becomes politically accountable hypocritical behavior when politicians' private indulgences contradict the public piety and prescriptive moralism of their political party, a sad fact for the candidacy of Jack Ryan.

I'm not inclined to look the other way, explicitly because of Kenneth Starr.

UPDATE: In her whipsmart way, Wonkette chimes in.

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