DC Madam Scandal, Yawns and Wows
While some are ignoring the story, other congressional aides are all atwitter about tomorrow night's ABC News report on the D.C. Madam scandal. But they can relax. And, more importantly, so can their bosses.
Sounds like the "20/20" piece won't be as salacious or sensational as your inner Schadenfreude may have hoped for. Sources tell The Sleuth not a single elected official has been implicated in this case. At least not as of early this afternoon.
What may be more intriguing than who paid for sex is who provided the services, according to one ABC News source. We're told some of the women who worked for the alleged D.C. Madam, Jeane Palfrey, were regular gals holding down 9-to-5 jobs at prominent places of employment in the city. (Note to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.): Get that equal-pay bill passed!)
BREAKING NEWS: Just as we were about to post this, ABC News reported that a legal secretary at the respected Washington, D.C., law firm Akin Gump has been suspended "after telling her bosses she secretly worked for, and at times helped run, the escort service allegedly run by Palfrey. Click here to read the story.
But again, no members of Congress will be implicated, we're told.
That will come as a big disappointment to the likes of one House Democratic aide who sent an email to The Sleuth this morning saying, "We're all waiting for 20/20 and, unfortunately, I have not heard any names bandied about from up here yet."
Senate aide David DiMartino is rolling his eyes and yawning over the story. "We haven't seen this much excitement on Capitol Hill since the Starr Report," he said dryly. For the record, he won't be watching the ABC report tomorrow night. "I'll be watching 'Barbie Fairytopia,'" he said. (Yes, with his two young daughters, who apparently can't get enough of the movie.)
Another House aide said he couldn't care less about the so-called scandal, considering the wild times Congress has seen over the past few years, from the page scandal to former Senate aide Jessica Cutler who provided sexual favors (for free and for pay) during working hours and then boasted about it on her blog. "The bar for D.C. sex scandals is higher than ever," the aide said. "A simple prostitution racket isn't titillating enough to grab people's attention anymore. You need pages or interns or cover-ups for people to really pay attention."
Perhaps these uninterested Hill staffers are the exception, not the rule. A senior House Democratic aide told us, "There will be a few folks up here with a draft resignation letter and a bottle of scotch on their desk when '20/20' is on tomorrow night."
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