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Sen. Stabenow's Husband Nailed in Prostitution Bust

Bad day for Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Her husband,Thomas Athans, cofounder of a liberal talk radio network, is cooperating with police in an Internet-based prostitution bust at hotels in Troy, Mich., according to the Detroit Free Press.

According to the paper, Athans told police he "paid a prostitute $150 for sex at a Troy hotel in late February." The story notes that Athans, 46, was not arrested or charged.

Stabenow, 57, released a short statement today saying, "This is very disturbing and serious. Obviously it's a deeply difficult and personal matter."

While Google images shows that this photo of the couple appeared on Stabenow's Senate Web site, a check of the site this afternoon indicates that the couple's photo is no longer on display.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 2, 2008; 3:39 PM ET
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Everything else aside, does her website really need to have her first grade picture as the lead item? Can't Congressional websites, which we pay for, simply tell the facts and tell only what the constituents need?

That said, I'm sorry for her and her family. You would think by now that family members of prominent people and politicians realize that, whether they like it or now, want it or not, have a responsibility that goes with their relative being "important"; they are not islands unto themselves.

Posted by: Detroit Resident now in DC | April 2, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

150 bucks? Thank you for not including a picture of the prostitute.

Posted by: Tim B | April 2, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse


150 BUCKS?! That's a bargain!

If Spitzer had Thomas Athans' frugality, he'd probably still be governor.

Wow, $150. Man, they need to pay Senators more money if that's all their spouses can afford to spend on entertainment.


Posted by: Johny Dollars | April 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Obviously in the negative diamond category for only $150.

Posted by: Michael1945 | April 2, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Actually Tim B, the picture of the prostitute is quite lovely. You can see why he'd use a prostitute in relation to his loving wife.

Posted by: bandmom22 | April 2, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Great scoop! Glad that you didn't waste the space reporting on the crisis in the financial markets or something boring like that.

Posted by: lydgate | April 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh Mary Ann, How juvenile of you to make petty comments about Senator Stabenow's website. You were apparently to busy to see that listed on the Senator's website are things that ARE important to taxpayers, like myself. Information about how to get assistance in in resolving problems constituents are having with a federal agency, how to obtain federal grants, where her offices in Michigan are located, how to get information on obtaiing a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol and information on touring our nation's capitol. So this taxpayer is proud that my tax dollars are funding such a helpful website. Like you, I do feel sorry for her and her family. It is a sad situation. But one more thing Ms. shots like the one you took are very unbecoming of an allegedly top notch reporter, like yourself at such a prestigious newspaper.

Posted by: taxpayer | April 2, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Another Democrat hey keep that up and they may catch up with the Republicans. At least I doubt we need to worry about McNut he looks like he is already dead so doubt if double doses could not revive him. I bet Obama with a wife twice as big and three as ugly has spend as much on the ladies of the night as he has his crazy spiritual adviser! Unless ,of course, he really is wired DC/AC.

Posted by: american1 | April 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

So sorry to hear of this mess for Sen. Stabenow. She vows to continue to work on behalf of us in Michigan. Keep up the good work Sen. Stabenow, and you will have my vote again.
Shirely, MI

Posted by: Shirley | April 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Another Democrat hey keep that up and they may catch up with the Republicans. At least I doubt we need to worry about McNut he looks like he is already dead so doubt if double doses could not revive him. I bet Obama with a wife twice as big and three as ugly has spend as much on the ladies of the night as he has his crazy spiritual adviser! Unless ,of course, he really is wired DC/AC.

Posted by: american1 | April 2, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I really, really, REALLY don't care what politicians or their families do with their personal lives as long as they govern effectively.

Posted by: Ernie | April 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, american1, that's a very insightful political analysis. You must be a real intellekshule.

Posted by: american2 | April 2, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

There is an illicit carnal bug going around the halls of power.

Posted by: tydicea | April 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

What's the point? She's the elected official, not him. Unless Sen. Stabenow has been crusading for tougher laws against 'johns', who cares?

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 2, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ELI FREEDMAN | April 2, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what her husband did or what he will do in the future. He doesn't have a vote, does he?

Please cover real stories. Or find a job with the tabloids.

Posted by: Bwana | April 2, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Atten: Mary Akers. Re; Your column of 4-2-08. These things are bound to happen, especially among the financially well heeled and less scrupled. We pay our politicians too much, at $3000. per week plus fringe benefits. Lets review those pay scales again and make the necessary adjustments. To do so would improve the national budget situation and the moral tone.

Posted by: Cyrano | April 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow! He paid more for the hotel room that he did the hooker! He ought to follow the example of the current Luv Gov of NY state.

(I wonder if she gives out frequent user coupons?)

Posted by: Days Inn | April 2, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I do not understand...

The young woman was arrested for prostitution - as it should be according to the law, I suppose. But, why was he not arrested? Is it because he was the one paying? Because he "is cooperating with police"? Because his wife is a politician?

Or is it just because we don't see that he is as responsible as the young woman selling herself?

Truly a sad commentary on double standards.

Posted by: Sara | April 2, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I just hope the Republican-controlled mainstream media isn't going to make an enormous fuss over this issue, as it always does when a DEMOCRAT is the one who gets caught.

The free pass that was given to David Vitter, Republican senator from Louisiana, was a shameless example of their double standards if one compares that to the coverage of the Elliott Spitzer's affair.

And while everybody jumped on the resign-Spitzer bandwagon in Albany, I'm yet to hear any calls for Vitter's resignation.

Such double-standards and hypocrisy are sickening, to say the least.

Posted by: DL | April 3, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Another distraction from important public issues, unless it is the issue of why such victimless conduct is a crime at all. Bedroom politics is inappropriate-- to the max.

Posted by: Sidney Lanier | April 3, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Athans is an adulterer, egoist and dishonorable. He has no personal integrity, or he would have lived up to his marriage vows.

Barbara has a job to do. Her heart ache is none of the public business.

Posted by: CarmanK | April 3, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

If I were Senator Stabenow, after I finished the castration and kicked his butt out, I would continue the good work that she has been doing for the citizens of MI. You go lady and keep the faith, we as Michiganders love you.

Posted by: Nancy Wyatt-Miller | April 3, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news? And why is it in the venerable Washington Post?

Posted by: Karol | April 3, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

You women have to understand we men have special needs. We are designed to roam like dogs. You, on the other hand, are programmed for selectivity. You all have to be less selective then we would not have to do this.

Posted by: Karl | April 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...pretty Prostitute...ugly Democratic wife...humm..."I'll take pretty prostitute for $150 Alex!"

Posted by: Kirk, James | April 3, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I know $150.00 is way to much in my area, when $10.00 to $20.00 can buy a real looker or should I say hooker.

Posted by: lylepink | April 3, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey lylepink and taxpayer; I think the word you are searching for is "too" as in excess quantity, not "to", a preposition. So sad, "Hooked on Phonics" is a product of days gone by.

Posted by: | April 3, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Y'all:

Maybe Ah can shed some light on this as I've had somewhat the same problem.. See she's 57 and ugly and he's 46, no prize but horny as a Mississipi Tomcat.. She's busy bein' an important Senator (sound familiar) and he's busy readin' Hustler and don't has no intern and ain't good lookin' enuff to get Sharon Stone or some other Grade B actress hotttie.. so a hooker it is... $150, not bad.. that gal suckered Eliot for what $4000 and she weren't no prize either.. I usually pays $500..Anyways there it is.. a rational explanation from that keen intellect that y'all been missin as POTUS these last 8 years!!!

Posted by: Bill C from Chappaqua | April 3, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Isn't she related to former WWF tag team co-champ Chief Jay Strongbow?

Posted by: Vince McMahon | April 3, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least this Senator's husband paid for sex, instead of raping a woman for it.

Posted by: Juanita Brodderick | April 3, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Most comments are relating and writing in the same manner as the disgusting article about this.

That phony Bill C. from Chappaqua is so bad...WHO raised you? You think you are funny? Pathetic and mean-spirited as your comments are, you need serious help. Get it!

What is this country about? Smut and insults, no wonder everybody hates us. Well deserved I say.


Posted by: Anonymous | April 4, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Just stumbled on this article from another ridiculous story about squids and conference calls. Stupid stuff, true, but sadly Olga, Bill C's comments are probably on target and actually humorous. The problem lies not in the fool, who only holds up the mirror so that we may see ourselves, but in our collective selves. How else but with a sense of fatalistic humor can one react to yet another Moral Crusader who has an affinity for young prostitutes ( while selctivey prosecuting other prostitutes),yet another family values champion who frequents men's rooms in search of sex, yet another champion of women's rights who preys on interns or another self styled champion of the oppressed who plays the race card as freely as Lestor Maddox used to.

I know, maybe we should grow up and concede that NO ONE is perfect, that our leaders are reflections of ourselves and that maybe we should be looking not for knight in shining armor idealists but objective utilitarians who will act to the greater good of both the US and its people.

Until then, I'm yukking it up with Bill C in the back of the class.

Posted by: Stumbler | April 4, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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Subj: Re: Health Alliance ( Hospital ) Insurance Fraud
Date: 2/21/2003 5:07:41 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: (Senator Debbie Stabenow)
February 21, 2003
Thank you . . .
. . for contacting me about ( OPM FEHBP Hospital dumping ) insurance & Medicaid ( kickback ) fraud committed by ( Federal HMO T42CFR417.1 ) Health Alliance Plan. I appreciate that you have taken the time to communicate your views and concerns with me. ( T18CFR1518 Obstruction of justice ). I understand your concern about this issue. Should related legislation ( Medicare Drug Plan November 2003 ) come before the U.S. Senate for a vote, I will keep your views in mind, and share your thoughts on this issue with my colleagues who serve on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me
whenever I can be of assistance to you or your family.
Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator - Democrat Michigan / Federal Budget Committee
All ENTITLED Federal Employee Health Beneficiaries & the General Public who are being criminally denied DHHS T42CFR417.1 Existing Federal HMO Health Insurance Coverage, illegally billed for HMO denied covered claims and forced into HCFA State HMO Mediciaid Programs for the POOR. Title18CFR1001Crime.


Posted by: Kimball Michigan | April 4, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Barbara, you are wonderful! I respect what a great job you are doing and you have my vote again.

I have been in your shoes when it comes to loving a cheating husband. Hold your head high and keep smiling...YOUR personal life is just that no matter what your decisions are. MANY women support you and will hold your heart in prayer.

Press: Do a change and show some respect and dignity.

Posted by: Jeanne | April 6, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

she endorsed Clinton. "Ah feel yer payun" sho nuff.

I'm guessing he picked that skank up on Craigslist...

Posted by: needless to say | April 7, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

she endorsed Clinton. "Ah feel yer payun" sho nuff.

I'm guessing he picked that sk@nk up on Craigslist...

Posted by: needless to say | April 7, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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