In proof that there is life after a big ol’ sex scandal, for the past few weeks, rumors have been swirling that a certain former New York governor with a taste for expensive call girls (that’s you, Eliot Spitzer) will be returning to politics and running for New York comptroller in 2010. But now, one of his frenemies says that if he runs, she’ll run, too. Kristin Davis is the madam who provided Spitzer with (advice columnist?) Ashley Dupre and other high-end prostitutes for years, to the tune of about $80,000. But when he got caught by wiretap arranging a liaison, Davis felt Spitzer was quick to tell the authorities her name. And she’s still pissed about it, after spending four months in Rikers. “I like to wreak a little havoc here and there. It’s ludicrous that Spitzer would even consider running for public office again, and even more ludicrous that New Yorkers would vote for him. But if he’s going to run, then so will I,” she said on her website. “His abuse of some of the women I arranged for him to spend time with raises serious questions about his character … [My platform] highlights the inequities and sexism in our criminal justice system which penalizes women, minorities and poor people while wealthy, connected white men like Eliot Spitzer evade justice.” Who do you think would win in the showdown—Spitzer or Davis? I’m secretly hoping that Heidi Fleiss becomes Davis’ campaign manager. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
And you thought Oprah
tore James Frey a new one on her show? Last night, Rachel Maddow
invited Richard Cohen, the controversial (and unlicensed) psychotherapist who claims to have counseled thousands of men and women out of being gay
, on her show. In his book Coming Out Straight
, Cohen argues that there are psychological underpinnings to homosexual attraction—he says he was gay because he was “trying to experience the unobtained bond with my dad that never happened”—and that by coming to terms with what’s behind the attraction, you can become straight. After all, he did it! He’s been married for 27 years and has three kids! Although he admits in part two of the segment
that for some of those years, he was still doing dudes.
Maddow, who’s a lesbian, obviously took issue with his argument and critiqued it point by point, especially since some of his quotes suggest gay folks are out to recruit children. But even more than that, she was furious about how Cohen’s work has been interpreted in Uganda. Keep reading »
Is there anyone out there who is not embroiled in a sex scandal? Rod Jetton, a 42-year-old Republican and the former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, has gotten himself in some legal trouble over his sexual exploits. A woman is claiming that he drugged her and then beat her up during sex, and he has been charged with a felony. Here’s the gist of what the woman claims happened: Jetton came over to her place on Nov. 15 with two bottles of wine in hand for a night of wild sex—they’d agreed beforehand to use the safe word “green balloons” if either of them was feeling uncomfortable. Things started out tame. He poured her a glass in the kitchen and then sat down with her to watch a football game. She noticed herself feeling hazy and felt like she was nodding off. Next thing she knew, she was on the floor and Jetton was allegedly choking her. She says he then hit her so hard she lost consciousness. He apparently stayed over and was all tender to her in the morning. “You should have said green balloons,” she quotes him as saying. Ugh. [TPM Muckraker] Keep reading »
How cool! A straight woman named Jamie Frevele is auctioning off her right to marry on eBay after New York State voted not to grant homosexual couples the right to gay marriage. Of course, a person can’t actually transfer a right on eBay, but all the money Frevele does earn off her eBay auction will go to The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and leadership training to students who are marginalized by their sexual orientation. Says her eBay listing:
I will write you up a fancy, wonderful, articulate proclamation handing over my right to get married. I have no official documentation because this is something I was born with since I was born heterosexual. Unfortunately, this is only a symbolic gesture…Your bid, on the other hand, is real, and the donation you make to an organization that supports those who have been treated as second-class citizens will be well worth it.
You’ve got four days left to bid—and hey, now might be a good time to do your holiday charity donation! [eBay] Keep reading »
The House of Representatives’ version of the health care reform bill contained the Stupak-Pitts Amendment (explained in full here) to make sure health insurance doesn’t cover abortion.
Today, the Senate began their own campaign for a similar amendment, when Senators Bill Nelson (D-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and others introduced an amendment to its version of the health care reform bill. Just like Stupak-Pitts, the Nelson-Hatch amendment will restrict federal subsidies for health insurance from being used for private health insurance plans that cover abortion. Keep reading »