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June 3, 2006

A LITTLE TOO 'PRO-FAMILY'....Once in a while, it's important to remind far-right religious conservatives that being "pro-family" does not mean you can have two of them.

Republican Jim Galley, who is running for Congress as a "pro-traditional family" candidate, was married to two women at the same time, defaulted on his child support payments and has been accused of abuse by one of his ex-wives.

The San Diego Union-Tribune discovered the personal history in making public-records checks on Galley, who is making his fourth run for elective office in four years. These checks are part of the newspaper's election reporting process.

Galley married his second wife, Beth, in 1982 when, unbeknownst to her, he was still married to his first wife, Terry. Beth and Galley divorced in 1990 after she sought a restraining order alleging abuse. The child support was owed to his first wife.

Galley claims the polygamy was an accident, the child support default was short-term (a few months), and the abuse allegation was made only to get him out of the house.

But wait, there's more. Galley also claims to have been drafted by the Navy during the Vietnam War and "serviced my time." The San Diego Union-Tribune discovered through a FOIA request, however, that Galley started his Navy service almost a year after the draft ended and that he was discharged less than six weeks later, while in "recruit training." Oops.

The truth is, Galley has never been considered a serious challenger. He was going to lose and these revelations will only help seal the deal. That said, it's also worth noting that former Rep. Brian Bilbray (R), who hopes to replace Duke Cunningham in a special election on Tuesday, threw his support behind Galley's campaign. Let's hope Bilbray doesn't list "good judge of character" among his best qualities.

Steve Benen 10:19 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (27)

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The GOP is more interested in everyone else's family. This is what they mean by pro family: they can steal the women, prosperity and estate of their enemies. Pretty much the way of the Taliban. And the Visagoths.

Barabarian incursions. Coming from a Red State near you.

Posted by: Sparko on June 3, 2006 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

perception is reality...

and what republicans don't know can't hurt them..

right?

Posted by: thisspaceavailable on June 3, 2006 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, I'd call him pro-family. He hardly comes across as an amateur.

Posted by: Thers on June 3, 2006 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

"... and has been accused of abuse by one of his ex-wives."

Well she was threatening to vote for Kerry.
So what's wrong with using the belt?

Posted by: American Snake on June 3, 2006 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

It's going to be depressing to all the Bush-haters like Kevin Drum and Steve Benen-or-whaterver-his-name-is when Brian Bilbray beats Francine Busby.

Posted by: Paddy Whack on June 3, 2006 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK
The truth is, Galley has never been considered a serious challenger.

Then why do we care about any of the rest of this? "Insignificant Republican Congressional Also-Ran is Big Fat Hypocrite" is certainly news for the local paper, but why does it merit a post here?

Posted by: cmdicely on June 3, 2006 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

Oooops! Looks like Francine Busby was caught on tape, encourging illegals to help elect her!

Drudge has the link.

Posted by: Down goes Frazier on June 3, 2006 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

Drudge may have a link, but he has ZERO credibility.

Did you know he is also gay?

Posted by: anonymous on June 3, 2006 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

We should really decriminalize polygamy in this country.

Anyone who says we have religious freedom is a hypocrite, because polygamy, and rituals involving certain psychotropic substances are banned.

At least for the polygamists, it should be legal, so the whack-jobs can be exposed for what they are.

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on June 3, 2006 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

He served in the Navy for six weeks?! Bed-wetter?

Posted by: BroD on June 3, 2006 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Face it. We love this kind of stuff.

Posted by: parrot on June 3, 2006 at 12:22 PM | PERMALINK

I was before draft age then, but do I recall correctly that the draft did not include the Navy? It was the Army that received the draftees because they had the dirtiest jobs. One way of avoiding that was to sign up for the Navy or Airforce.

Posted by: Alan on June 3, 2006 at 12:28 PM | PERMALINK

My, my, my. What would Jesus say?

Posted by: red_neck_repub on June 3, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

do I recall correctly that the draft did not include the Navy?

You do indeed Alan. Enlisting for 4 years of Navy or Air Force was one way to duck 2 years in the infantry in 'Nam. For a while a few inductees ended up in the Marines too.

Posted by: black dog barking on June 3, 2006 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

How do you "service" time? Is it broken? Or does it just need regular maintenace?

Posted by: Scott E. on June 3, 2006 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

Drudge . . . Did you know he is also gay?

Only fair when you consider how many lying scumbags we hets are stuck with.

Posted by: Molly, NYC on June 3, 2006 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

"Insignificant Republican Congressional Also-Ran is Big Fat Hypocrite" is certainly news for the local paper, but why does it merit a post here?

Because it's fun!

This IS the weekend!

Posted by: frankly0 on June 3, 2006 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK

The way around this is such: make marriage a purely cosmetic institution. In order for "married" couples to achieve the tax benefits etc. they would have to go through a civil union legally declaring it. That way, it's a consequence of the civil union not the marriage. The marriage does nothing.

Thus civil unions are open to all and marriage only to heteros.

Posted by: MNPundit on June 3, 2006 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK

Why not just let the churches do marriage? Wipe our tax and legal system clean of the distinction. Contract law could handle all other issues, with a few additional contract types.

Get the state out of the social engineering business.

Posted by: Archie on June 3, 2006 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

What ever happened to that Kennedy drinking and driving thing? Why did it completely disappear from the major media with only a whisper?

Oh wait, I know the answer to that one.

Posted by: sportsfan79 on June 3, 2006 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

What ever happened to that Kennedy drinking and driving thing? Why did it completely disappear from the major media with only a whisper?

Oh wait, I know the answer to that one.

Posted by: sportsfan79 on June 3, 2006 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

Good point. It's that old liberal media bias. It's obviously there and its probably what's kept Republicans from getting elected to any major office in the federal government over the last 20 years.

Posted by: Pat on June 4, 2006 at 9:17 AM | PERMALINK

Pro-family = ability to marry at will, including having two or more wives.

Pro-family = ability to have forced sex or sex with/without consesual consent with a minor with no repurcussion whatsover (i.e. no jail time).

Pro-family = ability to limit your wife's, mother's, aunt's, daughter's, and granddaughter's choice.

Pro-family = ability to suprsess your wife's, motner's, aunt's, daughter's, and granddaughter's voice.

Pro-family = ability to criminialize bi-racial, homosexual relations.

Yes, that's what I think Pro-family means to me, right now.

Posted by: eo on June 4, 2006 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

Your opening made my day. Pithy, elegant, nicely understated. By now, why isn't it understood that people's stances on social issues almost de facto mean they struggle with them in personal life? Being an anti-druggie commentator reveals you are an addict; being a fundamentalist pro-abstinence preacher means you're sleeping with a 16-year-old hottie or a "professional"; writing books about how to restore ethics to this debased country means you're a compulsive gambler; writing for a conservative news service means you're a male prostitute with an interest in things military? (The latter may be a rarity...) It's almost a yawn...

Posted by: Andree Pages on June 4, 2006 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

This is the line that made my day:

Galley claims the polygamy was an accident

Posted by: JohnN on June 4, 2006 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

Oh another one.

Pro-family = ability to beat and abuse my wife, daughter senseless without any repurcussion.

Posted by: eo on June 4, 2006 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK


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