Congressman Hit With Child Sex Abuse Allegations
Rep. Dale Kildee denies family members' claims
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2011 7:26 AM CST
In this Sept. 24, 2008 file photo, Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich., is shown on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

(Newser) – Rep. Dale Kildee is facing accusations of child sex abuse, but the Michigan Democrat denied the allegations in a statement last night. Relatives claim Kildee abused a male second cousin, who was 12 at the time, when Kildee was in his 30s—more than 50 years ago, according to the Washington Times, which first reported the story yesterday. The abuse allegedly lasted five years. Kildee says the claims are no more than an attempt to blackmail him, and that he has reported previous attempts by the same accusers to the FBI, The Hill reports.

“The allegations against me are completely false and shameful. I regret having to air all of this in public, but I feel like I have no choice,” he said in his statement, acquired by the Detroit Free Press. “This is a concerted effort by distant relatives, two of whom have a long history of mental illness and multiple run-ins with the law, along with political adversaries to destroy my reputation by lying about something that never took place more than 50 years ago." Kildee, who had previously announced he will not seek re-election in 2012, will hold a press conference today.

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Nov 21, 2011 10:37 AM CST
As reported in the Washington Times? A rabid right wing propaganda instrument. Do Republicans have NO shame at all? You cannot believe anything coming from Fox News, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh et al. This is their main tactic: put a story out there as an 'allegation'. Then quote each other w/ the heading 'media sources are reporting' until the story gains traction. Then just keep repeating it over and over. And NEVER, ever admit that the entire story was a lie to begin with, just move on to the next 'allegation'.
Nov 21, 2011 8:12 AM CST
The Republican Limbo Rock carries on, the bar just keeps getting lower and lower. As the elections near, "The Party of "NO" is fast becoming "The Party of NO SHAME".
Nov 21, 2011 8:01 AM CST
He looks guilty. Guilty as sin.