Abusive congressmen paid $500K to keep mistress quiet

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In summary, Republican Congressman Don Sherwood, who is up for re-election, was found to have physically abused his secret mistress for over five years. He settled with her for $500,000 with a condition that she remain quiet until after Election Day. Despite admitting to the affair, Sherwood denied ever hurting her and no criminal charges were filed. This news adds to the growing list of scandals and controversies surrounding the Republican party.
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Yet another "family-values" Republican proves anything but. The AP has uncovered that Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pennsylvania, 10th district), up for re-election, had a secret mistress for half a decade, physically abused her, and is now paying her $500,000 to keep quiet:

Associated Press
Rep. Paying Ex-Mistress About $500K


A Republican congressman accused of abusing his ex-mistress agreed to pay her about $500,000 in a settlement last year that contained a powerful incentive for her to keep quiet until after Election Day, a person familiar with the terms of the deal told The Associated Press.
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According to a police report, Ore called 911 on her cell phone from the bathroom of Sherwood's Capitol Hill apartment in 2004 and reported that Sherwood had choked her while giving her a back rub. Sherwood admitted having an affair with the 30-year-old woman, but vehemently denied ever hurting her, and criminal charges were never filed. But Ore sued for damages.
http://www.forbes.com/business/healthcare/feeds/ap/2006/11/02/ap3142045.html
 
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Yep, I saw it in todays AM-NY. The usual, paying her to keep quiet I mean. I don't doubt that there is dirty laundry on the democrat side as well. Still, the republicans are self destructing. The inane reaching in many of their negative attack ads against democrats just goes to show how desperate they are (including the way John Kerry's remarks were twisted out of context.). Foley is still hiding in his rehab. Bush continues to act as though his admin isn't dysfunctional.
 
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I am appalled by the behavior of Rep. Don Sherwood and the actions described in this article. It is deeply concerning to see another politician, who is supposed to uphold moral values, engaging in such deceitful and abusive behavior.

Not only does this situation reflect poorly on Rep. Sherwood and his party, but it also raises questions about the integrity and character of our political leaders. How can we trust individuals who are supposed to represent and serve the best interests of their constituents, when they are engaging in such unethical and immoral actions?

Furthermore, the fact that Rep. Sherwood paid his ex-mistress a large sum of money to keep quiet until after the election is concerning. It raises questions about the power dynamics at play and the lengths that some individuals are willing to go to protect their reputation and political career.

I believe in transparency and accountability. It is important for our elected officials to be held accountable for their actions, especially when they involve abuse and deceit. This situation highlights the need for stricter ethical standards and consequences for those who violate them.

In addition, it is important for the public to be informed and aware of the actions of their elected officials. This information can help guide their decisions during elections and hold politicians accountable for their behavior.

In conclusion, it is disheartening to see yet another example of a politician engaging in unethical and abusive behavior. As a society, we must demand better from our leaders and hold them accountable for their actions.
 

Related to Abusive congressmen paid $500K to keep mistress quiet

1. What is the significance of the $500K payment in this situation?

The $500K payment is significant because it shows that the abusive congressman was willing to go to extreme lengths to keep his mistress quiet and protect his reputation. It also raises questions about the potential misuse of public funds for personal matters.

2. How did this information about the abusive congressman come to light?

This information came to light through an investigation or leak, which is common in cases of political scandals. It is also possible that someone involved in the situation came forward with the information.

3. What are the potential consequences for the congressman and the mistress in this situation?

The consequences for the congressman could include legal action, public backlash, and damage to his political career. The mistress may also face backlash and scrutiny, as well as potential legal consequences depending on the nature of their relationship and the payment.

4. Is this type of behavior common among congressmen?

It is difficult to determine how common this type of behavior is among congressmen, as it is often kept secret. However, there have been numerous cases of congressmen involved in scandals and misuse of public funds for personal matters, suggesting that it may not be uncommon.

5. What measures can be taken to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future?

One possible measure is to increase transparency and accountability within government institutions, such as stricter regulations on the use of public funds and more thorough investigations into potential misconduct. Additionally, promoting a culture of integrity and ethical behavior within politics may help prevent similar situations from arising.

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