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2004 US Presidential Election
August 19, 2004
Bush | Bush Campaign Adviser Quits as Sexual Misconduct Case Is Recalled

From the New York Times:


Deal W. Hudson, the publisher of the conservative Roman Catholic journal Crisis and the architect of a Republican effort to court Catholic voters, says he is resigning as an adviser to the Bush campaign because of a Catholic newspaper’s investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct involving a female student at a college where he once taught.

“No one regrets my past mistakes more than I do,” Mr. Hudson wrote in a column posted yesterday on the online edition of National Review announcing his resignation.

“At the time, I dealt with this in an upright manner, and the matter was satisfactorily resolved long ago,” he wrote, without specifying the accusations. Mr. Hudson, 54, said he had been happily married to his current wife for 17 years. Called for comment, he declined.

UPDATE — 21 August 2004, 5.33 PM: See the entry above for the NCR piece on Hudson.



Posted by Nate at August 19, 2004 10:41 AM | TrackBack
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Strange as it may seem, there are Horny Republicans too. Some of them are RCs. This may come as a surprise, but Truth to tell, folks have known about this for, oh — centuries or so.

Now this is a non-issue in a presidential campaign. But it’s Spinnable.

Politics — a Human predisposition. Strange how simple Human Frailty becomes a Moral Fault when a campaign becomes involved. Even faults from decades past. The degree of Fault depends only on who bothers to cast the first stone, thereby initiating the News Cycle.

Gotta love it!

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 11:22 AM

Yep Don yer right. There are LOTS and LOTS of us horny Republicans out here. Most of us only satisfy that particular itch with out wives but…there are a few that screw up, lie to their families, and allow a brief period of physical satisfaction cause a huge rift in the relationships they hold most dear. Those people are beneath contempt just as are the horny dems that do the same thing.

One interesting note though…this guy said he dealt with it in an upright manner back when it happened…and he’s doing the right thing again now. Meanwhile New Jersey’s Governor, now a confessed liar, is going to cling to power for a while longer. sigh huge difference there.

Posted by: Wayne Fielder [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 12:35 PM

…oh dear…funny how missing the correct key can change the whole point to one’s note eh? Let’s try the line again:

Most of us only satisfy that particular itch with out wives but…

should be

Most of us only satisfy that particular itch with OUR wives but…

Posted by: Wayne Fielder [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 12:37 PM

Its a non-issue if the perpetrator’s party isn’t selling family values.

Oh, it is! That’s ok then.

But it does seem strange that for this to be such a long time ago to be influential right now. When he says, “and the matter was satisfactorily resolved long ago”, what does he mean, and for who?

If it was resolved why the resignation?

Posted by: symptomless [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 12:56 PM

Wayne, interesting Fraudian typo.

Posted by: symptomless [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 12:57 PM

I remember a bumper sticker from years ago that said: Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.

So people who advocate on behalf of family values may not be perfect, and they’re generally not holding themselves out as such, but they are trying to adhere to some strong principles.

Typically it’s the unprincipled who scoff and jeer at the failings of any one, any one who attempts to profess and understanding of morality. symptomless of course showed us all exactly how it’s done.

Posted by: skip [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 01:21 PM

I remember a guy in politics that had sexual misconduct and lied about it instead of having the dignity to resign.

Regardless of whether you have a D or R after your name, it still seems to take “getting caught” to have anything happen.

Posted by: Max Darkside [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 01:33 PM

Dem or Repub, owning up to mistakes and refusing to change the subject by trashing the accuser deserves at least minimal props.

Posted by: ter0 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 02:23 PM

” symptomless of course showed us all exactly how it’s done.”

I believe I’m being accused of something here, not sure what(?)

Anyway it results in me being unprincipled.

Whether that’s the case or not I’m not proclaiming to uphold principled values and I’m not in a position where I’m likely to influence those representing a political party proffessing the tradition family unit and tradition family (even Christian) values.

I think its admirable that he has resigned but he doesn’t get any sympathy. Seems that its just proper, nothing more than that. Did bad, got caught, left. Shouldn’t get any extra brownie points for that.

Posted by: symptomless [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 02:34 PM

I wish Mr. Hudson had said that he had dealt with the matter in a “forthright” (as opposed to an “upright”) manner.

Posted by: jeauxjeaux [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 04:47 PM

I wish Mr. Hudson had said that he had dealt with the matter in a “forthright” (as opposed to an “upright”) manner.

Posted by: jeauxjeaux [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2004 04:47 PM

As someone who has known Deal Hudson personally, I trust him when he says that the matter in question was dealt with and resolved long ago…as evidenced by the fact that he and his wife have been married for 17 FREAKIN’ YEARS, at least ten of which have passed SINCE the incident.

Max Darkside says, “it takes ‘getting caught’ to have anything happen.” From Deal’s remarks, Max, I take it that he got caught ten years ago, and I’m sure quite a lot happened, none of it very pleasant.

No, to the cynical leftist, you can never be forgiven for your mistakes. Some reporter will dig them up and use them against you years from now.

How can a man espouse family values and yet commit adultery? Simple: it’s called sin, and it crops up even in the nicest of people, because, sad to say, it’s part of being human. We do things we know we shouldn’t, and we fail to do things we know we should. How we deal with it, however, says a lot about who we are. And from what I’ve seen of the way Deal has handled this situation thus far, I think the haters who would snicker and sneer about this are not fit to shine his wing-tipped shoes.

Give the guy a break.

Posted by: Sloan [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 20, 2004 11:05 AM

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