Patterico's Pontifications

7/19/2009

Another Philandering Governor?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 2:13 pm



The New York Daily News slings the latest gubernatorial gossip:

Another gubernatorial sex scandal may be looming. Even as South Carolina’s Mark Sanford waits to see whether his wife, Jenny, forgives his romp in the pampas, a New York call girl could plunge one of America’s most prominent governors into a fresh hell.

In March, we told you about a high-end escort who claimed that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer had gotten overly aggressive during some kinky role-play (a charge Spitzer’s lawyer called “outrageous and defamatory”).

Now the elegant blond courtesan, whom we’ll continue to call “Annie,” is talking about three “dates” she allegedly had with another state’s chief executive, who we’ll call Gov. X.

Who is Gov. X (assuming, of course, that the woman is telling the truth)? We’re not told — but the most telling hint would appear to be Annie’s statement: “His wife is quite prominent in her own right.”

Hmmm. How many governors have wives who are ‘quite prominent” in their own right? Only one leaps to mind. Am I overlooking any other obvious possibility?

P.S. “He didn’t take the full hour.” Another hint . . . but I don’t know what to make of that one.

UPDATE: Happyfeet notes a governor who has a wife who is a federal judge. Would a courtesan consider that “prominent”?

80 Responses to “Another Philandering Governor?”

  1. Ed Rendell has a wife what is a federal judge. He’s a pretty sleazy dude.

    happyfeet (c75712)

  2. That’d make more sense than Ahnuld, geographically speaking.

    Leviticus (ebc85b)

  3. Maybe.

    Leviticus (ebc85b)

  4. “In March, we told you about a high-end escort who claimed that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer …”

    I wonder how Gov. X got said Call Girl’s name? Could it have been through Spitzer? That would certainly make things interesting.

    BT (78b929)

  5. “…but I don’t know what to make of that one.”

    Somebody needs to work on their endurance training.

    AD - RtR/OS! (e2278d)

  6. No! This is not you, Patterico!

    nk (733dce)

  7. Please delete this post.

    nk (733dce)

  8. What’s wrong, nk?

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  9. Would a courtesan consider that “prominent”?

    Probably not. The only governor whose wife would fit the profile that a hooker likely would be aware of, if not impressed by, would be Ah-nold.

    Mark (411533)

  10. Nothing. I take everything back. You are Patterico and I am nk.

    nk (733dce)

  11. Points for the “a fresh hell” line and “romp in the pampas” is nice too. Ignoble and very small people, our politicians, petty little men what betray their office every bit as readily as they betray their wives and children. Petty little Mark Sanford ones and petty little Spitzer ones. I strongly believe that these sort of personal failings matter and matter a lot.

    Not when it’s you and not when it’s me, but these ones what are so eager to trifle with the trust what society extends to them, it’s a secular blasphemy of a kind I think to assert that their base failings are beneath our notice. These ones what would rule us but what can’t rule themselves.

    happyfeet (c75712)

  12. Tim Kaine’s wife is also a judge and I think Kaine went to law school with Spitzer.

    DRJ (6f3f43)

  13. Anne Holton? She’s a former governor’s daughter. She’s never been more than a district judge though, at least I don’t think so.

    I wish oh wish it would be Kaine but she’s not really a household name even in Richmond.

    SarahW (5d56ab)

  14. I attended a retreat one time with Jesse Unruh as he was nearing the end of his career (and life) and he gave us the essence of his political philosophy. “I tell new legislators about lobbyists. If you can’t eat their food and drink their liquor and f**k their women and still vote against them in the morning, you don’t belong here.”

    I suspect there are few politicians who have avoided the three. One would hope that sense would intervene as they get older but Lyndon Johnson used to brag that he had had more women than Kennedy.

    Mike K (90939b)

  15. Maybe the claim was garbled and she didn’t mean a state’s chief executive.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  16. Sounds like Fast Eddie Rendell….prematurely retardo rendell!

    westWright (2abc10)

  17. Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley’s wife Catherine is a Maryland state judge.

    Blazer (8297e6)

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  19. Hey it can’t be Ahnuld! He’s screwed up so many things in California (and I assure you he took more than an hour on each of these foul ups) that he doesn’t need any from a New York call girl.

    But I’m a balanced ticket man–let’s hope that this one is a Dem; we had Spitzer–then we had Sanford–time to go back to the donks.

    Mike Myers (674050)

  20. The line “handsome enough to be an actor” sounds suggestive.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  21. Bradley, it appears the “handsome enough to be an actor” description was referring to one named Michael, the out-of-state date who introduced the call girl to Governor X.

    “He [Michael] picked me up in an Italian sports car,” says Annie. “He was in his 30s, handsome enough to be an actor, an impeccable dresser. I wouldn’t think he’d have a problem getting girls.

    “We went to a restaurant where the governor was dining at another table with two or three other men. Michael said the governor was a client of his. He introduced me to him.

    Plus Arnold is not in his 30’s. And I can’t believe I’m dissecting this trashy stuff. But, if Arnold is the governor in question, I sure hope he has already come clean to Maria, and I really, really hope he learned from Sanford’s sloppy aftermath and avoids the camera at all costs. Although for him, that might prove too much of a challenge.

    Mostly, I just want him to keep his pants zipped and fix our budget. Is that too much to ask?

    Dana (57e332)

  22. “I had two more dates with the governor. Never in public. Always for just an hour, around dinner time. He’d arrive at the apartment in a suit. I never had a problem with him, like I did with Spitzer. He was always nice. There wasn’t a lot of conversation. It wasn’t a girlfriend experience, but he was relaxed. He was very appreciative, like I was giving him a sort of affection he wasn’t getting elsewhere. Later I found out he was married. His wife is quite prominent in her own right.”

    From this quote, it sounds like she whoever told her Governor X was married also told her what makes his wife noteworthy, not that she knew it herself. So this could be Maria Schriver or it could be Gov. Rendell’s wife or someone else entirely. The fact that she didn’t know that Governor X was married until someone told her later weighs slightly against Governor X being Arnold, since Arnold is quite famous as an actor and it is well-known that he is married.

    Tom Ault (51a23c)

  23. If the Governor DROVE to NYC, the list is very small.

    Like this small.

    … and it narrows down even further.

    Take a look.

    [note: fished from spam filter]

    AlexC (66943c)

  24. It would be appropriate for it to be Ed Rendell. My current blog tagline is: “I suppose in one way Governor Sanford isn’t all that bad: after all, what he did to a few women, Governor Rendell is trying to do to our entire state.”

    The Dana in Pennsylvania (474dfc)

  25. If only they would confine their screwing to the bedroom (or the living room floor) and leave the state alone.

    Mike K (90939b)

  26. Mike Huckabee’s wife became semi-famous during the campaign last year…

    Ben (d99e1b)

  27. Based on the evidence presented here, it sure looks like Rendell is the one. That reminds me, is Lynn Swann thinking of running for PA governor again?

    Also, how long will it be before the name-dropping troll who calls other people’s comments “rubbish” shows up?

    Mike LaRoche (d83224)

  28. What a whore says is worth …?

    nk (54c569)

  29. Senor LaRoche !!!

    JD (d71a7a)

  30. about what a politician says I think. But that’s redundant.

    happyfeet (c75712)

  31. The governor and legislature of the Keystone State have still not come to agreement on our state budget, even though the last one expired at the end of June. It looks like Governor Rendell’s proposed 16% increase in the state income tax is dead, but that leaves us with a big deficit because we spend way too much money. With Rendell-math, a budget initially proposed at $29 billion has been cut $2 billion to $29 billion, because he anticipated other expenditures. (No, there are no typos in that, crazy as it sounds.)

    I hope that it does turn out to be Governor Rendell, because that will weaken him vis a vis the Republicans who control the state Senate (30-20) and the the GOP minority (104-99) in the state House. That’s one heck of a way to have to “win” a budget battle, but I’ll take it!

    The Dana whose taxes are already too high (474dfc)

  32. nk asked:

    What a whore says is worth …?

    The gubernatorial seat in New York, that we know of, and who knows, maybe the statehouse somewhere else, too! 🙂

    The Dana with the answer (474dfc)

  33. And if the governor in question is Ed Rendell, and he is forced to resign, State Senator and acting Lieutenant Governor Joe Scarnati, a Republican, would become our next governor. This would be a huge boost for Pennsylvania, getting rid of a corrupt Democrat who wants to spend too much and tax us even more.

    The Dana in Pennsylvania (474dfc)

  34. Mark Sanford, Ed Rendell, Tim Kaine, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin O’Malley (probably not though since he wasn’t a gov in ’06) any of these five fit the profile.

    EK (a32e22)

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  36. Senor LaRoche !!!

    Hi, JD!

    Mike LaRoche (d83224)

  37. I love it when people I like, but do not come around nearly often enough, show up. LaRoche and noyk in the same day. Plus that new douchenozzle Fary Garber.

    JD (d71a7a)

  38. The Clintons come to mind, although he is only a former gov…

    Hootie -Blowfish (e555f4)

  39. It’s nice to be around tonight, JD. I see a lot of familiar faces here.

    Taco Bell Chihuahua (d83224)

  40. Oops, I just busted myself!

    Mike LaRoche (d83224)

  41. I love it when people I like, but do not come around nearly often enough, show up. LaRoche and noyk in the same day. Plus that new douchenozzle Fary Garber.

    Comment by JD — 7/19/2009 @ 7:51 pm

    Hi JD; hope you and Better Half are well. Though I hope for the governor’s family’s sake that the courtesan’s lying about everything, must admit to a certain guilty pleasure in reading this thread.

    the no one you know who loves figuring out others' secret identities (1ebbb1)

  42. For the record, it is not me.

    JD (d71a7a)

  43. JD – N. O’Brain was around earlier too!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  44. I hope it’s one of those “sanctity of marriage” GOPricks.

    jarjar (235983)

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  46. I love trolls like jarjar.

    JD (d71a7a)

  47. Indeed, they make Jar-Jar Binks sound intelligent.

    Mike LaRoche (d83224)

  48. Aww, did I make the “sanctity of other people’s marriages” hypocrites mad? 🙁

    jarjar (235983)

  49. jarjar – Why aren’t you commenting in all caps?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  50. No, we are laughing at you. Mocking you.

    JD (870a39)

  51. It’s probably nervous laughter from being exposed as a “family values” type, eh?

    jarjar (235983)

  52. Wonder why he picked such a racist character as “Jar-Jar Binks”?

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  53. Why would I either be nervous about that, or why would you simply assume that? Should someone be embarassed that they think that people should actually be faithful to their spouse? In what world is that a bad ideal?

    JD (1762b4)

  54. It’s probably nervous laughter from being exposed as a “family values” type, eh?

    Comment by jarjar — 7/19/2009 @ 9:28 pm

    Jawjaw – are we to understand that by snickering with selective schadenfreudic glee at the exposure of the likes of Sanford, John Ensign, and Larry Craig (but not Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, David Paterson, Eliot Spitzer or Jim McGreevey) that Democrats are OK with adultery?

    If so, can we expect a shrug of the shoulders and a pucker-faced “So what?” if it is revealed that Barack Obama — who has stoked descriptions of himself as a model family man through his unsolicited offer to write a Parade magazine cover story this past Father’s Day — couldn’t resist at least two of those millions of legs he’s been sending thrills up since arriving on the national scene in 2004?

    L.N. Smithee (38ee9c)

  55. L.N. – You will prolly burn in hell for even suggesting that.

    JD (4cd453)

  56. L.N. – I think what jarjar is saying is that the Democrat family values, to the extent they have any, consist of abortion, atheism, adultery and sodomy. Otherwise, why is he sneering?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  57. Eh, what I’m saying is that I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy turns out to be a “family values” type crusader.

    The ones who scream the loudest against sexual immorality are usually the biggest freaks.

    jarjar (235983)

  58. Well, this troll seems to fit the usual pattern of projection.

    Eric Blair (acade1)

  59. Eh, what I’m saying is that I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy turns out to be a “family values” type crusader.

    The ones who scream the loudest against sexual immorality are usually the biggest freaks.

    Comment by jarjar — 7/19/2009 @ 11:25 pm

    Uh huh. That’s the way you like to remember things, anyway.

    McGreevey (D-New Jersey) sought anonymous public sex in rest stops and bookstores along with his giving his alleged objet d’amour the state Homeland Security post despite his having no experience or expertise. On top of that, if you believe McGreevey’s attorneys, he and his ex-wife had three-ways with a limo driver.

    Compared to trying to get away with flying to Argentina over the Father’s Day weekend to meet with a woman you sent sappy emails, I don’t think there’s a contest who’s a bigger “freak.”

    L.N. Smithee (38ee9c)

  60. Sure, L.N., but it doesn’t fit Teh Narrative™. You will just confuse and irritate the troll with facts.

    Eric Blair (acade1)

  61. Don’t forget guys we Republicans think sex is icky. All the trolls say so. And Michelle Malkin once wore a bikini.
    (Proves we are all hypocrites.)

    (Reference to the photo shopped picture of Michelle Malkins head on another girls body that was supposed to destroy her credibility according to idiots like our friend Binks.)

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  62. I will be back to laugh at the “family values” types if it does indeed turn out to be one of those GOPricks.

    If it turns out to be a live and let live Democrat, I’ll just yawn. 😀

    jarjar (235983)

  63. We could only dream of you and your ilk being the live and let live types. Totalitarians who want to reach into my pocket to give to the likes of you are not live and let live. And, yer a racist. 😉

    JD (f086e6)

  64. The bottom line remains jarjar that while some GOP politicians fail to live up to their ideals, Democrats have given us plenty of truly disturbing, corrupt moral scandals.

    After all, it was a Democratic representative that had his boyfriend running a sex business from the residence.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  65. jarjar, this is what is so interesting to me… you know damn well that it’s not the republicans that are the ‘family values’ chanters, but rather it’s Barack Obama and John Edwards who parade their family values and religion.

    Both of those nuts have mentioned their religion and family far, far more often than we would tolerate from the GOP.

    Barack’s gone to far as to compare gay marriage to incest in his legal briefs. The democrats just want it both ways… they want to tell the normal people that they are normal, while telling the politically motivated with cash… whatever they want to hear.

    it’s a short term strategy, obviously, which is why Obama lost so much popularity so quickly. You can’t be all things to all people for very long at all.

    Juan (bd4b30)

  66. Obama is a fraud IMHO. But he is not a family values type hypocrite.

    jarjar (235983)

  67. jar jar, do you mean that Obama isn’t the kind of egocentric crazy who would try to pursue his base needs because he thinks he can get away with it, or are you saying that Obama isn’t promoting family values?

    Juan (bd4b30)

  68. But he is not a family values type hypocrite.

    But he sure as hell is a limousine-liberal hypocrite, including that which is based on his overall record of philantrophic contributions—ie, he donated much less of his annual income to charity prior to his intent to run for the presidency, and was less generous in giving money compared with George Bush and Dick Cheney. But his earlier tax records do indicate he apparently was not as cheap as his VP, Joe Biden, has been and still is.

    Mark (411533)

  69. Mark, poor Joe thinks that when people come together to help people, it’s called government. He’s not even aware of the concept of charities!

    It’s hard to stay mad at that nut.

    I think this ‘politician sleeping around’ is a very interesting topic. Betraying your marriage vows is a human thing to do, but it’s also a central moral failing that says so much about trust and strength.

    While I would vote for the cheater who knows it’s wrong over the ‘live and let live’ cheaters jar jar prefers, I do have a special hatred in my heart for GOP politicians who, in today’s times of extremely high stakes for the GOP and our nation, go screw around and provide the left with ammunition.

    Juan (bd4b30)

  70. Juan, if the allegations are true, this was more than adultery: it was a crime. Not only would this entail patronizing prostitution, but Governor X allegedly sent an aide to fetch her; that would constitute using public money and a state employee in patronizing prostitution.

    The (mostly) law-abiding Dana (474dfc)

  71. Good point, Dana. That’s kinda what I was getting at… betraying such a critical trust as the trust a wife (and mother) places in a husband takes such selfishness. The same people, of course, steal from the public. One key way is simply being too lazy to administer the government correctly, but as you point out (and I guess everyone points out), they also just straight rip off the people’s trust.

    Juan (bd4b30)

  72. Eh, what I’m saying is that I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy turns out to be a “family values” type crusader.

    The ones who scream the loudest against sexual immorality are usually the biggest freaks.

    Like Gavin Newsom?

    He claims to value marriage so much, he wants the sodomites to live by it too.

    Michael Ejercito (833607)

  73. lolwut

    Gavin Newsom is not exactly the kind of type I have in mind when I think of a family values-espousing douchenozzle.

    Think more along the lines of a Larry Craig, David Vitter, or Newt Gingrich.

    jarjar (235983)

  74. So, you only view it through a partisan lens. SHOCKA. Again proving that to the idiot Leftists, their ability to scream hypocrisy, even erroneously, overrides their own complete lack of moral compass.

    JD (bdcd86)

  75. The CDC says that southern states, where there is often the greatest emphasis on abstinence and religion, tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs.

    jarjar (235983)

  76. I see that trolltroll is back. “CDC” clearly means Council of Democratic Commentary, rather than Centers for Disease Control.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  77. The Center for Disease Control says that southern states, where there is often the greatest emphasis on abstinence and religion, tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs.

    jarjar (235983)

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  79. I am so excited, we are getting a new gov. Good-bye to one of PA’s worst Gov’s!!!!!!!!!!

    Jerry Mellovich (ef0515)

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