Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Paul Stanley's Terrible, Horrible, Awful, Not So Good Year
This has not been the best of years for Senator Paul Stanley (R-G-Town).
First, he loses his main job when Stanford Financial's local office is raided, along with all the other Stanford offices due to their alleged worldwide fraud, to which Stanley is NOT linked in any way. Still, losing one's primary source of income stinks.
Apparently, however, other things in his life weren't going so hot, either.
According to documents filed in Davidson County Criminal Court (Link courtesy of NashvillePost.com!) , it seems that District 31's Senator was being blackmailed by a man named Joel Watts of Nashville. Why, you may ask?
It seems Mr. Watts' girlfriend, a 23 year-old intern from Austin Peay named McKensie Morrison, had been carrying on a dalliance with the aforementioned Senator, he of the bill to ban gay adoption on MORAL grounds. Ahem.
After getting Senator Stanley to agree to a payment of $10,000, they met at a Mexican restaurant in the Nashville burb of Whites Creek, where he received the payment, and handed over a computer disk with incrimination pictures of the senator and Ms. Morrison.
Unbeknownst to Mr. Watts, Sen. Stanley had gone to the TBI with his predicament, and when the transfers were completed, they arrested the blackmailer.
This happened APRIL 9. Why in the name of all that is right and decent and moral are we just being told about this NOW?????
While Senator Stanley is announcing that he will resign his chairmanship of the Commerce Committee tomorrow (but NOT his seat, apparently), why wasn't this brought out, say, um APRIL 9??? WTH???
Let's also say that we need to show some empathy for Senator Stanley's family, who has had to endure the indignity of finding out his company was filled with alleged crooks and losing the primary paycheck at the same time, only to then learn he was being blackmailed for diddling an intern on top of that!
However, I am not as determined to show any empathy for HIM. As Jon Stewart once said, "Another conservative politician with a liberal penis". While I have no standing to ask Senator Stanley to resign his Senate seat as well, as I am not a resident of District 31. Those of you who DO, however, are welcome to have at it.
UPDATE: Jackson Baker has a good take here.