Strange news last week... seems that a Republican candidate for the US Senate has bowed out of the race because of his previous marital habits.
It seems Illinois' own Jack Ryan (no, not the Tom Clancy hero) was married to former "Star Trek: Voyager" star Jeri Ryan. Operative word here is "WAS". And when they filed for divorce, she accused him of forcing her to go to sex clubs and try to force her to perform in them.
Now going to the clubs and taking part is one thing. Forcing is another. That's a no-no.
Anyway, it became a he said/she said deal. She said she was forced to be there, he said he urged her to but didn't force her. They had the divorce, and all of the nasty allegations pretty much got sealed supposedly to protect their son.
But actually it was sealed to protect both of them from the media. Problem is, that sort of stuff sticks out like a sore thumb. So when Mr. Ryan announced he was running for office under the GOP's wing, the media went looking for dirt... and a sealed court transcript is GOLD to them.
So now the details are out. And try as he might, Mr. Ryan couldn't get past those allegations made by his ex-wife. Even when he ADMITTED to being in those clubs, it wasn't enough.
Mr. Ryan dropped out of the race over the weekend.
Three thoughts on this...
1. The GOP is accusing the media of engaging in sabotage. Well that might hold true if Mr. Ryan was considered to be the odds-on favorite in that race, but since the politicians live, breathe, and die for polls, they know that Ryan was already too far behind in the polls to matter. In fact he was so far behind in the polls that he probably was being confused with the Green Party candidate. (If there even IS a Green Party candidate there.)
2. Yes, Mr. Ryan, I agree with you in that it SHOULD NOT MATTER! Yes, it should not matter what you did with your TV-star wife of the time... except that it involved a primal action that the moralists in the GOP have successfully demonized in society. It is a primal action that the moralists CONTINUE to demonize even to this very day. If you don't like it, take it up with the moralists in the GOP because they're the ones running around as the Christian mullahs that they are.
3. You know, Mr. Ryan, none of this would have come out if you simply stayed away from public office. You should have known from the moment that you announced your candidacy that the media would go after anything and everything that you ever did your life. They love to sniff for these things, like pigs going after truffles.
Oh... and one more thing Mr. Ryan... you let someone like Jeri get away? What's WRONG with you, man?