Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Utah (mostly) missing out on the sex scandals

Have we forgotten some, or do we just not get very many of these juicy political sex scandals in Utah? Now that married senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has pled guilty to doing nothing improper at all in an airport men's room, and the Idaho Statesman has found other men who say they've had sexual interaction with or were solicited by Craig, we are once again reminded of how relatively boring Utah is when it comes to this kind of thing.

Colorado gets the Rev. Ted "Let's call it massage" Haggard. Idaho gets Craig. What does Utah get? The closest we can think of in the Anti-Gay-Publicly-But-Likes-'em-Just-Fine-Privately category was state rep Brent Parker (R-Logan), who pled guilty to soliciting sex from a male undercover officer in a Salt Lake parking lot in 2003, and resigned from the legislature. Guess the old "just asking directions" line doesn't work when you drive to a parking lot to meet the guy. ("The light was better to look at his map...")

The biggest Utah political sex scandal that comes to mind was Democratic Congressman Allan Howe, who was busted in the naughty part of town in '76 asking for directions from two undercover policewomen posing as prostitutes. (If only they'd had MapQuest back then!) He refused to bow out of the re-election race, and was unsurprisingly tromped.

And then there was long-time '90s legislator and unsuccessful Congressional candidate Kelly Atkinson (D-West Jordan), who generated all sorts of eye-opening press a few years ago, but it was after he had left office. Ho hum.

What are we missing? Wait, how could we forget? In 1906, Senator Arthur Brown (R-Utah) was shot and killed by a jealous mistress, who was later acquitted on grounds of "temporary insanity". This one actually made #4 on a recent list of America's Top 10 Sex Scandals. Yea! We're No. 4!

7 comments:

Referendum One said...

I'm not that concerned that we're missing out on the biggest and worst controversies like those in Idaho and elsewhere. We have controversies of our own, and scandals of a different sort -- some sadly apparent to the world and some just coming to light, drip by drip.

http://accountabilityfirst.blogspot.com/

Voice of Utah said...

True, we do have our own controversies, but a scandal that isn't too depressing is sort of the time out between quarters, I figure. I read once that, to avoid overtaxing audiences, horror movies have to inject the occasional pause or light moment between scary scenes. A good sex scandal kind of serves the same role (and, one hopes, makes colleagues who like to legislate morals realize that things aren't always as black and white as they seem).

Anonymous said...

What no mention of then Speaker Mel Brown and his intern, Jill? I know it happened while we were all focused on another national politician and his intern, but really it was memorable. The two Utahns are now happily married (the old wife didn't take too kindly to the new intern). And, Mel is now back in the State House representing a different district. A move from Midvale to Coalville apparently makes all the difference.

Anonymous said...

Utah law makers and especially Republicans engage in the same hypacritical, secret life sexual behavior as Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Robert Packwood and their other Washinton DC idols. You mentioned Brant Parker. But you failed to mentioned Speaker of the House Mel Brown and his affair with his intern, Representitive Calvin Bird and his arrest for soliciting sex from an undercover police woman posing as a prostitute and Representitive Katherine Bryson and her years long extra-marital affair and the speculation on the hill that she was also "engaged" with another legislator. The difference between Washington and Salt Lake is that sometimes in Washington, as they did Senator Craig, the Republicans try to police thmselves whereas in Utah such behavior is just SOP

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