As I have noted over and over again, it seems that it is always "family values," anti-gay Republicans (most of whom seem to be fat and singularly unattractive) who are the ones caught in titillating sex scandals. The latest hypocrite to get caught is Missouri House Speaker John Diehl who has been linked to a college freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program. Diehl - who has been married to a woman for 23 years and has three children - in true "Christian" fashion at first tried to lie about the inappropriate relationship. In the past, Diehl sponsored a bill to ban gay-straight alliance clubs in public schools. He also filed an anti-gay marriage amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit much to the praise of hate group Family Research Council. The Kansas City Star has details on Diehl's conduct and the scandal. Here are highlights:
Text messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl and a college freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program that shut down abruptly last month.
The conversations unveil a flirty rapport and suggest an intimacy between arguably the state’s most influential lawmaker and a young woman taking some pleasure in a secret association.
Diehl initially declined to comment. But about six hours after the story was posted online Wednesday morning, he issued a statement admitting the relationship.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry to those I let down,” Diehl’s statement said. “I apologize for the poor judgment I displayed that put me and those closest to me in this situation. I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation. The buck stops here. I ask for forgiveness. I will begin immediately working to restore the trust of those closest to me, and getting back to the important work that is required in the final days of session.”
The discovery of the text messages between Diehl and the intern follows a decision by Missouri Southern State University to end its Capitol internship program more than a month prematurely.
Richard Miller, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Missouri Southern, told The Star that the school pulled its four interns out of the state Capitol this spring after an unspecified incident. Yet Miller, citing student privacy laws, declined to be more specific about what led the university to end the internships.
I suspect that Diehl's apology isn't worth a damn. He obviously cares nothing about "the sanctity of marriage" and is only sorry that he got caught.