What a Difference a Party Makes - Democrat Sexual Predator Dies

From MSNBC (Studds' party affiliation mentioned only in reference to Mark Foley in this story):

First openly gay person elected to Congress dies
BOSTON - Former U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds, the first openly gay person elected to Congress, died early Saturday at Boston Medical Center, several days after he collapsed while walking his dog, his husband said.
Down below the fold, MSNBC acknowledges the sex scandal that caused Congress to censure Studds:
In 1983, Studds acknowledged his homosexuality after the page revealed he’d had a relationship with Studds a decade earlier, when the page was 17. Studds was censured for sexual misconduct by the House, then went home to his constituents to answer questions in a series of public meetings and interviews with the press.
But it's okay that Studds used his position to sexually exploit an underage page because:
Hara [Studds' "spouse" - under Mass. gay marriage law] said Studds was never ashamed of the relationship with the page.

“This young man knew what he was doing,” Hara said. “He was at (Studds’) side.”

Contrast this gentle treatment of sexual exploitation with ABC's Brian Ross' obfuscation of the true age of the 18 year old former page who engaged in a salacious Instant Messenger exchange with Republican Congressman Mark Foley - an exchange that it was later revealed may have been a prank.

Update: More blog reaction

The News Buckit notes the standing ovation Studds received from his constituents following the censure vote.

James Joyner at Outside the Beltway wryly reminds us that Studds became openly gay only after being outed in the page scandal.

Wizbang! puts a point on it: "Unlike Mark Foley, Studds actually had sex with male pages."

Posted by: Bluto at 12:42 PM


1 Seems like the harshest treatment has been from Foley's own party, as the (R)ats flee this particular sinking ship.

Posted by: Gleep! at October 14, 2006 01:52 PM

2 It was not a prank. The kid was 18 though.

Posted by: Some Guy at October 14, 2006 02:12 PM

3 Republicans are the stupid party. They have this nickname for a reason.
I noticed the blogs complaining about the GOP losing, were the same
ones who thought Kerry would win. The sixth year of a President's term,
and the party will lose seats. Bush has bucked this trend once, but
twice may be too much. Still the bitching and whining is grating from
some blogs who seem to relish any bad news for the GOP because their
pet issues weren't addressed.

Posted by: Stormy70 at October 14, 2006 04:07 PM

4 There's a reason why sexual deviants vote Democrat.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at October 14, 2006 04:43 PM

5 Rove, you magnificent bastard.

Posted by: davec at October 14, 2006 04:44 PM

6 Hmmmmm, while walking his dog eh... Studd's, a distraction to the Foley story. Dies suddenly. Hmmmmmmm. Do we have comments from the usual "persons of interest" when political controversial figures suddenly die?. Sure can't speak badly of him now can we. In death and all? My God man, where's the respect?

How about that democrat, that Studds guy, remember when he........Hold your tongue! He's dead, or,... as DeNiro would say,"He's dead....dead.... he's freakin dead.....he ain't movin, he's dead.....dead............he's dead"...............developing

Posted by: billy at October 14, 2006 07:38 PM

7 Ah yes. The "good old days" when sex scandals actually involved sex, and democrats were downplaying them as pecadillos. Oh yeah. Those days are only eclipsed when republicans are involved. Otherwise, it's NAMBLA rules.

Is there a more conflicted and contradictory creature than a leftard?

Mmmmm... no.

Posted by: Hucbald at October 14, 2006 11:23 PM

8 Related post:

Gerry Studds Dies: A Reminder of a Democratic Underage Sex Scandal Worse Than Foley

Posted by: Gina Cobb at October 15, 2006 01:20 AM

9 "HIS HUSBAND SAID" Ha, ha, ha, ha. Another one bites the dust.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 15, 2006 08:24 AM

10 btw: Go insane! Elect a muslim on Nov 7th. (Ellison, Minnesota)


Posted by: n.a. palm at October 15, 2006 08:32 AM

Is there a more conflicted and contradictory creature than a leftard?

Because Leftards stand for nothing (it's all relative, remember?) other than being in power. That's how they can be pro-pedophilia and against it, both at the same time.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at October 15, 2006 09:01 AM

12 Exctly why Rooster is a Leftard. He'll do anything for a buck. Pay the Dhimmi tax. Switch to Democrat because the Republicans freed the damn slaves. Switch back because the damn Democrats let them vote. Vote for the Democrat and send him a few bucks because the owns the Hummer dealership. You name it if, there is a dollah in it Rooster is first in line. Work and money before your Patriotism or principals that's Roosters motto.. He'd even try to get your like fired over a blog. Greg is right he's a terroristic Jooooooooo or a disgruntled Loyalist and anyone who disagrees with his racism must be stopped just like he stopped Chris at Home.Tell us Rooster since you are so big on immigration did you personaly check those papers on those Mexicans who did your fence posts or were you able to "overlook" that for a few bucks? Is Greyrooster on both sides of this issue? Oh and if none of that stuff works on a particular person he can burn a cross in your yard and resort to Violence. Greyrooster is a terrorist.

Posted by: Darth Odie at October 15, 2006 09:27 AM

13 I bet all that pressure from the press and cable news to be on their shows and give interviewsto tell the differnce between then and now is what killed him.

Oh yeah, that never happened.

Posted by: Mrs Abe Froman at October 15, 2006 09:46 AM

14 Darth: No I didn't check to see if those that worked for me and the one still here have green cards. They told me the truth. I had a choice to make. Hire New Orleans blacks, shanty Irish or illegal Mexicans. I chose the best of the bunch. The Mexicans.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 15, 2006 07:52 PM

15 Darth the farth: Only terrorist you know is your mama. She terrorises the world by giving birth to ugly assholes. Don't you think you're old enough to get her out of the Ghetto. Or does she want to stay with Howie?

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 15, 2006 07:55 PM

16 Notice how Darth the Farth gets all angry on a post that berates the Gay Stubbs. Birds of a feather? I think so.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 15, 2006 07:57 PM

17 cuddly, duddly, studdly, Studds is dead...........of aids, perhaps?
He will be lionized by the left. May piss be upon him.

Posted by: n.a. palm at October 15, 2006 08:27 PM

18 Scandals are found on both sides of the political spectrum, aren't they?
The hullabaloo over Foley is surprising. Creepy emails led himto resign. End of story.
But digging up scandals that are decades old to prove the other party ismore scandalous is sophomoric. The adults in the room know that "he did it first" arguments arenotrelevant to protecting the congressional pages in the future.
As far as Hastert is concerned,creepy emails and his inaction (if any) are not reasons for dismissal.

Posted by: kindlingman at October 15, 2006 09:15 PM

19 kindlingman: you misunderstand. The point is not "he did it first"; the point is that the so-called mainstream media, which claim to be objective observers, quite obviously apply different standards of reporting depending on the political affiliation of the subject.

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at October 15, 2006 10:04 PM

20 Kindingman: I agree. Only little children use the he did it first excuse. First the Catholic Church now a Republican Senator. WTF's the matter with the world. These faggots are making the world laugh at America. For the last 30 years this nation has been educated to believe everything different, unnatural, diviant, weird, abnormal or foreign must be respected above all else. To bring this country back to what made it so great will require re-education. Normal is good. The majority should have as many rights as the minority, the unnatural and the sick.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 16, 2006 04:02 AM

21 Howie's lighting a candle for studds.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 16, 2006 07:16 AM

22 Congratulations, kindlingman, you've convinced a Klansman to agree with you!

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at October 16, 2006 01:38 PM

23 I shouldn't have used the works deviant, weird, abnormal or unnatural. Should have known that would draw Bluto in.

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