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GOP Lawmaker: 'I Am a Good Man and I'm an Alcoholic'

Rep. Garrett will not seek re-election

(Newser) - Rep. Tom Garrett says he won't seek re-election to the House this year—not because of reports he mistreated his staffers, but because he is an alcoholic. "Any person—Republican, Democrat, or independent—who has known me for any period of time and has any integrity knows two... More »

Rep Denies Harassing Aide He Saw as 'Soul Mate'

He says he was only hostile because of ObamaCare

(Newser) - Rep. Pat Meehan admits that he told a much younger aide that he saw her as a "soul mate" and handled it badly when he found out she had a serious boyfriend—but he denies that his actions count as sexual harassment, even though his office secretly settled with... More »

After Slew of Complaints, Congressman Calls It Quits

Blake Farenthold will not run for re-election after sexual harassment allegations

(Newser) - The drumbeat of negative headlines has apparently become too much for Blake Farenthold: The Texas GOP congressman is withdrawing from his run for re-election and will not participate in the Republican primary on March 6, reports USA Today . Farenthold's office has not officially announced the move, but news is... More »

Talk in GOP Rep's Office, per Ex-Aides: Strip Clubs, Breasts

Blake Farenthold also accused of 'acts of aggression or rage'

(Newser) - It isn't just talk of "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" that allegedly permeates Rep. Blake Farenthold's office. Though the Republican congressman from Texas has denied wrongdoing after paying $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim three years ago, two former aides tell... More »

'Pro-Life' Rep. Who Reportedly Urged Abortion Seeks 'Healing'

Tim Murphy will not seek re-election after term ends

(Newser) - Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania will not seek re-election at the end of this term following a report suggesting the anti-abortion Republican asked his mistress to have an abortion. "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election,"... More »

Internet Doesn't Like La. Pol's Auschwitz Gas Chamber Video

Auschwitz Memorial's Twitter account was especially irate at Rep. Clay Higgins

(Newser) - A video that went up on Lee Johnson Media's YouTube channel on Saturday is causing grief for the Louisiana congressman behind the footage. The Times-Picayune reports on Rep. Clay Higgin's perhaps ill-thought-out recording, a five-minute reel that he apparently thought would have more impact if he shot it... More »

Lawmaker Ruffled by Duck Ramp Told to 'Duck Off'

Rep. Mark Walker's complaint about government waste wasn't well received

(Newser) - The president of a non-profit that helps animals in Washington, DC, calls it a lifesaving measure. Rep. Mark Walker calls it a waste of government funds. Such is the debate raging over a simple duck ramp installed by government officials at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, which is drawing quite a... More »

NC Lawmaker: Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'

Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized after accusations of racism

(Newser) - A congressman has apologized for his eye-raising comments about the protesters in Charlotte during a TV interview Thursday, but that's hardly quelling accusations of racism. Asked about the protesters, Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger—who represents North Carolina's ninth congressional district, which covers parts of Charlotte—told BBC Newsnight... More »

Veteran Congressman Charged With Racketeering

Pennsylvania Democrat Chaka Fattah vows to stay in office

(Newser) - Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan debt, and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, prosecutors said today in announcing a racketeering indictment against the... More »

Politician Made History With Insanity Plea

Daniel Sickles killed his wife's lover in 1859, and got off

(Newser) - New York Congressman Daniel Sickles put it simply before killing a friend: "Key, you scoundrel, you have dishonored my house—you must die!" But the trial that followed was hardly simple and set a vast historic precedent when Sickles became the first American to successfully plead temporary insanity,... More »

Female Staffers in DC Face Unusual Gender Hurdle

National Journal: Some say they're not allowed to be alone with the boss, ever

(Newser) - A poll by the National Journal of women who work as congressional staffers has turned up a surprising hurdle they face: Some are never allowed to be alone with a male boss, ever. The idea is to avoid even the hint of impropriety, which might work great for the congressman... More »

Congressman to Protester: 'I'll Drop Your A--'

Freshman Steve Knight gets a little testy after critic gets a little aggressive

(Newser) - A freshman congressman in California is getting some unwanted attention after briefly losing his temper with a protester. Rep. Steve Knight is seen on the video posted at SantaClarita.com leaning in close to the protester and saying, "If you touch me again, I'll drop your ass."... More »

'Downton Abbey' Congressman Resigns

Aaron Schock's move follows reports of lavish spending, shady campaign financing

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, dogged by irregularities in his campaign finance and congressional spending accounts, announced today that he would resign his House seat at the end of the month. "I do this with a heavy heart," Schock said in a statement. He said he had... More »

Ex-Con Former Congressman 'Critical' After Tractor Mishap

James Traficant Jr. was a longtime Ohio rep

(Newser) - Former US Rep. James Traficant Jr., who did time in prison on corruption and racketeering charges, has been critically injured in a tractor accident at his northeast Ohio home. Traficant's wife, Tish, told the Vindicator that the 73-year-old former congressman was in "very critical condition" today following last... More »

Rookie Congressman Makes Big Gaffe at Hearing

Florida's Curt Clawson speaks to US officials as if they were foreigners

(Newser) - A newly elected congressman is making his first national headlines for all the wrong reasons. In a gaffe spotted by Foreign Policy , Florida Republican Curt Clawson spoke to two US officials testifying before a House panel as if they were foreigners. "I'm familiar with your country; I love... More »

Barney Frank Film Pairs Him With 'Gay Slur' Actor

Alec Baldwin produced new documentary on ex-lawmaker

(Newser) - Barney Frank may be retired, but a new documentary has him back in the spotlight—and pairs him with an actor some would call an unlikely ally, the Daily Beast reports. The gay, retired Massachusetts lawmaker will be interviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Compared to What by... More »

Zimbabwe Busts Former US Rep on Porn Charge

Melvin Reynolds resigned in '95 over statutory rape conviction

(Newser) - A former US congressman was arrested in Zimbabwe yesterday on alleged porn possession and immigration violations, the AP reports. Melvin Jay Reynolds is an Illinois Democrat who resigned from his House of Representatives seat in 1995 after being convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape (specifically, NBC New York reports,... More »

Congressman Busted on Cocaine Charges

Republican Trey Radel represents Florida

(Newser) - A freshman Republican in the House now has much bigger worries than a re-election campaign. Rep. Trey Radel, who represents Florida's Fort Myers area, has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in DC, reports Politico . The Miami Herald describes Radel as a "libertarian-leaning" Republican in line with the... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Going to Prison

He gets 30 months, she gets 1 year in staggered sentences

(Newser) - Jesse Jackson Jr. wept in court today, apologized for using $750,000 in campaign funds as his personal piggy bank, and then took his lumps: 30 months in federal prison and three years' probation, reports the Chicago Tribune . “I am the example for the whole Congress,” he said.... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr. Strikes Plea Deal, May Face Jail

Former congressman accused of misusing campaign funds

(Newser) - Jesse Jackson Jr. has struck a deal on federal charges that he used campaign contributions for personal expenses, reports NBC Chicago . He will have to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the big question is whether Jackson is headed to jail. NBC says it's up to a federal... More »

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