The art of the political takedown, take two
(AP Photo: Sen. Brock Adams abandons re-election campaign after Seattle Times report.)
Most of the picks involve some sort of sexual impropriety (from hiring a mistress who can't type as a 'clerk' to forcing staffers to perform striptease -- not kidding!), but there's one Wu-style expose of mere bad behavior.
Keep them coming! We'll compile a comprehensive list.
Our new additions are below. And remember to check the original list of political takedowns here.
* Sen. Brock Adams (D-Wash.), Seattle Times:
Sen. Brock Adams has sexually harassed and physically molested female employees and associates over the past two decades, according to eight who say they are victims.
The allegations range from aggressive sexual harassment to rape, and include stories of Adams plying women with a mixture of drugs and alcohol.
* Rep. Wayne Hays (D-Ohio), Washington Post:
For nearly two years, Rep. Wayne L. Hays (D-Ohio), powerful chairman of the House Administration Committee, has kept a woman on his staff who says she is paid $14,000 a year in public money to serve as his mistress.
Hays denies this, saying "Hell's fire! I'm a very happily married man."
"I can't type, I can't file, I can't even answer the phone," says Elizabeth Ray, 27, who began working for Hays in April 1974 as a clerk. Since then, Ray says she has not been asked to do any Congress-related work and appears at her Capitol Hill office once or twice a week for a few hours.
* Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), Idaho Statesman:
The most serious finding by the Statesman was the report by a professional man with close ties to Republican officials. The 40-year-old man reported having oral sex with Craig at Washington's Union Station, probably in 2004. The Statesman also spoke with a man who said Craig made a sexual advance toward him at the University of Idaho in 1967 and a man who said Craig "cruised" him for sex in 1994 at the REI store in Boise. The Statesman also explored dozens of allegations that proved untrue, unclear or unverifiable.
* Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), Houston Chronicle:
Some staffers and critics say her pace and management style cause staff turnover and prevent her from running an efficient office. [...]
Nathan Williams, who went to work for Jackson Lee in 1998 after graduating from Princeton University, said he quit in 2001 after she threw a cell phone at him.
* Rep. Roy Dyson (D-Md.), Washington Post:
Staff members said they were shocked when [Dyson's top aide, Tom] Pappas told one male staff member that he would have to perform a strip tease at a 1987 office retreat at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. The aide refused. Some said the incident was representative of a troubling pattern of conduct that has gone on in Dyson's office, including Pappas' request that one staff member Anglicize his first name and Pappas' requirement that male aides pay out of their own pockets to rent tuxedos for a campaign event.
| January 24, 2011; 4:03 PM ET
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