That Illinois Republican Senatorial nominee Jack Ryan is being driven out of the race by years old allegations (never substantiated) that he wanted to have sex with his wife. The lurid part of the allegation was that it was in “sex clubs” at vacation locales.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Illinois Republican candidate Jack Ryan intends to abandon his Senate bid after four days spent trying to weather a political storm stirred by sex club allegations, GOP officials said Friday.
A formal announcement was expected within hours, said these officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Ryan conducted an overnight poll to gage his support in the wake of the allegations made by his ex-wife in divorce records unsealed earlier this week. Aides said in advance his only options were to withdraw or to redouble his campaign efforts with a massive infusion of money from his personal wealth.This strikes me as odd for two reasons.
1) Many of the Republicans abandoning his ship are associated in some way with demonstrably corrupt former Governor George Ryan (no relation). Nice teamwork losers.
2) In a week when serial adulterer Bill Clinton is back in the news I am reminded of how easily the press rolled over for him during the presidential primaries in 1992 when the Gennifer Flowers affair came to light. He was allowed to unquestioningly lie his way through a 60 Minutes interview with Steve Croft, and eventually won the presidency. So great was his penchant for straying from his vows that a the PAC MoveOn.org was formed to get the public to “move on” from the Monica Lewinsky affair. I exepected to see them (and other liberal bloggers) lend some moral support to Ryan. Hasn’t happened.