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Joe Paterno: Republican

Now, it all makes sense...

Paterno is a political conservative and a personal friend of former President George H.W. Bush, endorsing the then-candidate in a speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention.[54] Paterno was also a close personal friend of President Gerald R. Ford.[59] In 2004, his son Scott Paterno, an attorney, won the Republican primary for Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district but lost in the November general election to Democratic incumbent Tim Holden.[60]

by Anonymousreply 1201/26/2012

Typical. so many child molestors are Rethugs:

Republican campaign chairman Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child and was arrested again five years later on the same charge. Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page. Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter, Susan Smith, who later drowned her 2 children by strapping them in their car seats and plunging them into a lake in South Carolina and blamed it on a black man. Beverly Russell admitted abusing Smith when she was 15 and continuing an incestuous relationship with her until shortly before she drowned her children in John D. Long Lake. Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer. Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar. Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped. Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD. Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography. Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media. Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced prison after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him. Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl. Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her. Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison. Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl. Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy. Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children). Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl. Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child. Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl. Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters. Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl. Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy. Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison. Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000. Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession. Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet. Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Rep

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by Anonymousreply 111/09/2011

Yeah, R1, there are no Dem pedophiles.

Jeezus.

by Anonymousreply 211/10/2011

We're fortunate that OP has such an intense interest in this subect and takes the time to keep everyone up to date.

by Anonymousreply 311/10/2011

Obviously not all sex offenders are Republican, but they do claim to be the party of family values, so they should be held to higher standards.

And I think one of the issues here is whether this guy had powerful political influences that protected him from being held accountable.

So I'm glad the OP raised it.

by Anonymousreply 411/10/2011

He's an old rich white man with power (until this week.) What else would he be?

by Anonymousreply 511/10/2011

Given all the trolls who show up on DL accusing our community of being pedos, this is a relevant point.

by Anonymousreply 611/10/2011

You are full of shit OP.

by Anonymousreply 711/10/2011

r3, it's national news, if you are naware.

r7, facts are facts. Feel free to counter with similar facts re: Democratic politicians/high-level supporters.

I'm a PSU alum, love PSU sports (our wrestling and gymnastics programs are also aces), but I lost total respect for JoePa when he said that Michael Dukakis wasn't fit to carry George HW Bush's shoes. Bush41: evil CIA Director, Iran-Contra traitor, sire of Dubya.

Thanks, Oh Great Judge of Men.

by Anonymousreply 811/10/2011

"unaware"

by Anonymousreply 911/10/2011

If Paterno is a pedophile or supportive of them, then that must mean that Obama is a terrorist or supports them. Oh wait, thats a bad analogy, because the first isnt true.

by Anonymousreply 1001/26/2012

[quote]Obviously not all sex offenders are Republican, but they do claim to be the party of family values, so they should be held to higher standards.

I'm sorry, but that's ridiculous, if only because of its counterimplication that Democratic politicians *shouldn't* be held to higher standards. ALL elected officials are, and should be, subject to the same standards when it comes to sickening acts like child molestation. Really, the same should be said for EVERY American, politician or not. In Paterno's case, there is not yet any conclusive evidence that he purposely protected, Catholic Church-style, one of his main lieutenants from arrest. His political ideology and personal relationships with politicos are, in this case, completely irrelevant, unless you're trying to argue that he used these connections as part of a cover-up.

And no, I'm not a Republican or a Penn State supporter/fan.

by Anonymousreply 1101/26/2012

When it comes to "moral" issues that are not illegal, such as adultery, illegitimate kids, divorce, legal stimulands, porn, etc., those that talk big about "virtue" should damn well be held to the standards they espouse.

As for Paterno, he showed the true face of Republicanism, in his willingness to sacrifice the welfare of a child to protect the establishment.

by Anonymousreply 1201/26/2012
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