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Newlywed GOP House Candidate Stivers Can Still 'Window Shop'

'Tis the season for mudslinging. And oh how the dirty accusations are flying in the House race for Ohio's hotly contested open 15th congressional seat, where Democrats are intimating the GOP candidate has a wandering eye when it comes to young gals.

It all started when the Canton Repository wrote an item in its Capitol Notebook column titled "Window Shopping."

The item noted how GOP state senator Steve Stivers, who is running to replace retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) in the House, was in the state Senate chamber recently when the state champion girls volleyball team of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, there to receive an award, caught his eye.

Someone apparently reminded Stivers he had recently returned from his honeymoon -- to which Stivers, according to the Canton, replied, "I'm allowed to window shop, just not buy."

The paper wrote that Stivers' wife, an aide to the state speaker of the House, "confirmed her husband's shopping rules, but said they might be worth a review."

Stivers was campaigning this week at the Delta Zeta sorority house on Ohio University's campus in Columbus, according to this story in The Hill newspaper. Which, of course, only fueled the fire for Democrats eager to defeat him.

House Democratic operatives who are expecting landslide victories in races across the country on Tuesday plan to hammer Stivers on the "window shopping" comment as hard as they can over the next five days.

"Obviously, it's going to raise red flags whenever you have a politician callously stating, 'I'm allowed to window shop, just not buy,' as Stivers did when referring to high school students that he called 'attractive,'" says Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "That's why President Bush and House Minority Leader John Boehner's golden boy Steve Stivers soliciting votes in sorority houses is more than a bit suspect."

The Stivers campaign had not yet responded to our request for comment. But we'll update when they do.

UPDATE: Stivers campaign spokesman Rob Nichols has responded, noting first and foremost that Stivers visits fraternities as well as sororities at Ohio State University. Got that?

He said nothing about the GOP candidate's policy on window shopping around high school girls.

Instead, Nichols took a shot at Stivers' Democratic opponent, Mary Jo Kilroy, saying, "Unlike his uncharismatic liberal opponent whose handlers keep hidden from the public at all costs, Senator Stivers enjoys engaging and interacting with voters all across the district. If this is what the Democrats plan to focus on over the next five days, it speaks volumes to the galactic failures in the candidate who central Ohioans cannot wait to vote against."

He provided a link to this Time magazIne depiction of Kilroy.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 30, 2008; 1:43 PM ET
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It's seems like if they're not hanging out in the mensroom looking for guys to play with, they're leering at boys and girls in public.
What is wrong with these lecherous sexual deviates? I want money, I want sex, I want's all they think about.
What a disgusting bunch of perverts they are.
Maybe they should all go to Alaska next Wednesday, get drunk and have an orgy at Sarah's house. They'll have plenty of free time for their disgusting habits after they lose the election.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 30, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, even a non-story can unleash the vitriol of the left!

Help me understand this worldview: deny/defend/deflect Clinton's womanizing before, through and after 2 terms, but string a GOP fellow up for simply "window shopping" - for which his own wife offers a pass.

Posted by: GiftoftheMaji | October 30, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

A conservative accusing anyone of vitriol is too ludicrous to respond to.
As far as Bill Clinton cheating on his wife, at least he went after Grown Women, he didn't hang out in public bathrooms or go after teenager girls like Stivers.
Does that answer your question?

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 30, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

As a Columbus resident of the 15th District, I find my choices for Congress completely uninspiring. Kilroy is a longtime Columbus politician who formerly served on the Columbus City Council and is now a Franklin County Commissioner. While her record through the years is solid and competent, she is a truly uninspiring candidate. She is certainly not an "idea" person. I am not going to call her dull, but she is not someone who engenders enthusiasm among the Party faithful. While I'm glad to see Pryce retire, and am confident Kilroy will be elected, I am very disappointed that the local Democratic Party could not find a better candidate.

There are two reasons, in my mind, to support Kilroy despite her flaws. One is to expand the House Democratic majority. The second is to defeat Stivers, who is a State Senator from this county's wealthiest suburban district who is clearly out-of-touch with the urban majority of the district and is a former banking lobbyist who is clearly a tool of local corporate and financial interests.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 30, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Many years ago I dated a man who repeatedly told me he loved and wanted to marry me, yet he was a constant "window watcher." When I told him that this made me suspect that he'd be unfaithful in marriage, his response was Stiveresque: "There's nothing wrong with looking, as long as I don't touch." I broke up with him over this and sure enough, he was married and divorced within the next few years. Why? His new wife grew tired of his repeated affairs. Mrs. Stivers, please take care of yourself, and don't have children with this jerk unless you know for certain he'll be there for all of you, faithfully. Where there's smoke, dear...

Posted by: jenngibbs | October 31, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by GiftoftheMaji:

"Help me understand this worldview: deny/defend/deflect Clinton's womanizing before, through and after 2 terms, but string a GOP fellow up for simply "window shopping" - for which his own wife offers a pass."

Nice one, GotM! If anyone knows about "deflecting," it's you. At least you didn't deny or defend Stivers and his wandering eye. But you're guilty of just the thing of which you've accused the vitriolic left (your terms). That's to be expected, though...the deflecting bit. That's exactly how his (Stivers') campaign spokesman handled it.

Now, please explain exactly how this behavior speaks well for the party of values.

Posted by: mainspark | November 1, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

"I wish the candidate would discuss global poverty more. According to The Borgen Project:
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | November 4, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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