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September 9, 2009

BEWARE OF LIVE MICROPHONES.... California state Rep. Michael Duvall, a Republican representing Orange County, is ostensibly a pretty conservative guy. Duvall, who's married with two kids, emphasizes his commitment to "family values"; he's a staunch opponent of gay rights; and he's proud of his 100% rating from the state's leading religious right group.

It's what makes his sex scandal all the more interesting.

While waiting for the start of a legislative hearing in July, the 54-year-old married father of two began describing, for the benefit of a colleague seated next to him, his ongoing affairs with two different women. In very graphic detail. [...]

Duvall's sophomoric braggadocio, of course, was picked up by the microphone in front of him, and wound up on a tape for the legislature's in-house TV station. From there it was sent to a local news station, KCAL, which ran this full report last night.

I'm not entirely comfortable publishing some of the more salacious details, but to make a long story short, Duvall spoke explicitly and in depth about his sexual escapades with two women, neither of whom were his wife, and one of whom is a lobbyist for an energy company. He did so in front of a microphone he thought was off. It wasn't.

The impressive thing was watching how quickly the story escalated. It went from revelation to resignation with surprising efficiency.

The state legislature quickly (ahem) stripped Duvall of his committee vice-chairmanship this morning, and soon after, an ethics probe was launched. The state lawmaker issued a statement expressing his regret for the incident, and noted his comments were made "in what I believed to be a private conversation." You don't say.

About a half-hour ago, Duvall gave up and resigned his office. Apparently, he couldn't find any friends willing to stick up for him.

As for the bigger picture, the extraordinarily long list of "family values" conservative Republicans who preach one thing and do the opposite has yet another member. It's almost as if this crowd is filled with philandering hypocrites.

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There is a God.
God doesn't like hypocrisy.
Bad news for the GOP.

Posted by: SteinL on September 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Was Mike Duvall "our own" Mike K's representative? Maybe that' where "our Mike" got the details for his bodice-rippers? Given that both are unrepentant hypocrites, they're likely to have been bosom friends...

Posted by: exlibra on September 9, 2009 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

He was spanking a lobbyist in a firm dedicated to courting the committee he chaired.

It's not enough for these firms to give huge sums of cash, lately it seems like they are giving these guys paid whores. She was paid to sway his opinion and she used sex to make that happen.

This has to be illegal.

Posted by: ScottW on September 9, 2009 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

It's almost as if this crowd is filled with philandering hypocrites.

For specific values of "almost as if" in the range from "undebatably true that" to "proven again and again."

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on September 9, 2009 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Talking about lobbyists: Here is the reality of Max Baucus and his fucking Health Care Bill......this is from CrooksandLiars

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And surprise, surprise it turns out that "just when you thought the Baucus revolving door couldn’t spin faster: the Senate staffer responsible for devising the tax policies at the heart of the Baucus plan is a former lobbyist for health insurance and pharmaceutical interests, including an insurance industry front group".

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Try pulling your pants up Senator........I know you can't cause you have been bent over so long, selling your Soul, you can't stand up anymore

Posted by: stormskies on September 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

"It's almost as if this crowd is filled with philandering hypocrites..."

Well, one might could be forgiven to think that is possibly what it means to BE a Republican.

Posted by: My Yankee Mouuth on September 9, 2009 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

Gee. Only two more revelations like this for him, and Duvall can start appearing on "Meet the Press" with Newtie.

Posted by: Greg Worley on September 9, 2009 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

The whore.

Posted by: doubtful on September 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

But --is he a wuss?

Wouldn't most Republicans just brazen it out, because being a Republican is all about saying Fuck You?

Posted by: cld on September 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

The woman who was named is a lobbyist. I would bet that the other woman is also a lobbyist. They traded sexual favors for political influence. That is illegal but obviously routine. I understand that the sex lives of politicians is the single most important issue in American government; but it is the corporate financed bribery corrupting our politicians that is destroying this country.

Posted by: anon on September 9, 2009 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

I think we can all agree on one thing: Duvall cheated on both his wife and his mistresses because of teh gays.

Posted by: doubtful on September 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Heh, I read about this earlier on another site. I'm surprised he resigned so quickly, though considering some of his comments caught on tape, I'm glad. This man is no representative of "family values", and apparently doesn't even practice safer sex.

I'm just waiting for the gay version of this to break.

Posted by: Michael W on September 9, 2009 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Orange "Moral Clarity" County! Yeeehaw!

Bring on the tea bags!

Posted by: MissMudd on September 9, 2009 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Please respect my privacy while I accept a bribe in return for selling out the voter's interest to a corporation. Okay.

Posted by: Nancy Green on September 9, 2009 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

exlibra, he was not Mikey's rep. Mike's in Mission Viejo. This whore repped for Northern OC (Yorba Linda, Orange, couple of other cities)

Posted by: MissMudd on September 9, 2009 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

See, 9/9/09 is a special day. Goodbye scumbag.

Posted by: anonymous on September 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with others who suggest that there's a lot more to this story we don't know yet. Republicans hang onto elected office throughout the most extreme embarrassment storms. He's trying to turn off the searchlights before the real story comes out, which will deal with something not just hypocritical but outright illegal.

One potential line of research - what's the background of this 'lobbyist' he was playing with? Does she actually know anything about energy policy, or is 'lobbyist' just a euphemism for party favor?

Posted by: JoyceH on September 9, 2009 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

It's almost as if this crowd is filled with philandering hypocrites

What's with the weasel words "It's almost as if"? Let's read that sentence again, without them this time:

This crowd is filled with philandering hypocrites

There you go.

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on September 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Let's all remember that there are plenty of Democrats and plenty of liberals that cheat on their wives, many of whom proclaim they care about family just as loudly as Republicans.

Posted by: Alex Elliott on September 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Well, according to doubtful's link the (ahem) "lobbyist" completed her ethics training course in December 2008. I guess it's time for a refresher already.

Posted by: Scott Forbes on September 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Well, he's looking at at bad day. He's lost his job which almost certainly means he lost his mistress and he likely to lose even more in the divorce.

Posted by: Rob on September 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

"Assemblyman Duvall continues to work tirelessly to improve mobility and plan for the future transportation needs of Orange County."
(from website 9/9/9)

I suggest the folks who elected him all get a chance to spank him!


Posted by: Tom Nicholson on September 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

I blame Obama

Michael Duvall is merely at such wits end because America won't wake up and see the commie traitor before them. He's just blowing of steam. For this he should be forgiven and charges should instead be pressed against Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: Glenn Beck on September 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

Vitter, Enzi, Sanford, Duvall and now who knows else from the values-centered conservative political party!

At this juncture it is not a stretch to conclude the professed rhetoric against sexual deviance by the above mentioned family-values "leaders" is being used as a smoke screen to hide the sexual deviance of the self-proclaimed virtuous.

My opinion of the Republican party and its leaders (an organization I have been affiliated with for the past 31 years) is that they are rapidly turning into that purse-thief who yells thief and points in the opposite direction they are running. Or, the arsonist who hides the matches just in time to report a fire!

Get the word out - the Republican party must not survive in its current anti-democratic, authoritarian form! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on September 9, 2009 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

Authoritarian rulers make up their own rules as they go along. Deception is a key ingredient.

The Authoritarian follower, on the other hand, believes in a strictly conventional moral code, though they might not always live up to it.

It always pays to keep the deceiver and the deceived separate when analyzing this behavior.

See Robert Altemeyer's 'The Authoritarians'.

Posted by: deejaayss on September 9, 2009 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not entirely comfortable publishing some of the more salacious details, but to make a long story short, Duvall spoke explicitly and in depth about his sexual escapades with two women, neither of whom were his wife, and one of whom is a lobbyist for an energy company. He did so in front of a microphone he thought was off.

Can't....stop...laughing.....

I have to say, it's damn impressive to lose your job, your family and not one but two mistresses in the course of one minute's worth of overheard conversation. Bravo, sir. Bravo indeed.

Posted by: Stefan on September 9, 2009 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

How quickly the Dems forget their scandals; Sanford, the infamous Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and his hire, and of course Ted Kennedy's drunken romp with his nephew that ended up in rape accusations.

Blue, red or whatever they are all cut from the same mold, and we the public keep voting them in.

Posted by: fence sitter on September 9, 2009 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

I followed the link. Whoa! Hot chick. I'm hoping Duvall gets his legal comeupance. How about Heidi's empployers as well? I don't suppose that will happen. If anything, Heidi goes down alone. To bad.

Posted by: KO on September 9, 2009 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

Kind of lends truth to the idea that these guys are in bed with the energy industry ...

Posted by: bigwisc on September 9, 2009 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

exlibra, he was not Mikey's rep. Mike's in Mission Viejo

Mike's in Vieja Cabra.

Let's all remember that there are plenty of Democrats and plenty of liberals that cheat on their wives...

So far, correct...

...many of whom proclaim they care about family just as loudly as Republicans.

Oops! Beep! Spectacular fail.

Unless, of course, you mean that when Democrats discuss caring about families, we're talking about things like living wages, access to healthcare and decent education. But I don't think you were, were you?

Posted by: shortstop on September 9, 2009 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

>"If anything, Heidi goes down alone."

ROFL!

Posted by: Buford on September 9, 2009 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Can't believe that the 'family' groups withdrawing their support from this sleaze-bag are more upset by the extramarital sex than by the fact that the woman involved was a lobbyist with business before his committee.

Posted by: b'son on September 9, 2009 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Duvall lives in California so he couldn't say he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. His mistress was an American citizen so he couldn't take off unannounced to Buenes Aires and lie about his activities. He's just a plain old, run of the mill GOP idiot in bed with the energy company he's supposed to regulate. He's so stupid he doesn't even realize he's been played.

I wonder how many retirees' pensions Duvall shrank listening to those sweet nothings whispered to him by his industry mistress in the heat of passion. He probably accuses Obama of being a socialist but his behavior is right out of the KGB's Cold War playbook, only the doofus exposed himself before his mistress released tapes on YouTube.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on September 9, 2009 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

the infamous Bill Clinton

Who?

This woman is a corporate prostitute. What the hell does that have to do with gagging an intern?

Posted by: JM on September 9, 2009 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

fence splitter,

One of those guys you mention isn't a Democrat, and one is your own wild imagination. And that 's the best you can do?

Only Republicans run for public office with a huge bellyache about their piety and family values.

When it comes to sex scandals the ratio of Republicans to Democrats is cosmic.

My impression is Republicans don't seem able to have sex unless its a scandal.

Posted by: cld on September 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Now that Mark Foley has a radio show I've been wondering if anyone is still keeping that list of Republican sex criminals up to date?

Posted by: cld on September 9, 2009 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Sanford, the infamous Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and his hire, and of course Ted Kennedy's drunken romp with his nephew that ended up in rape accusations.

Oh, honey. Did Fox News tell you that Mark Sanford was a Democrat?

For a fence sitter, you sure do wear that Republican picket deep up your bum. Re Clinton, Frank and Kennedy (Ted was never accused of participating in Smith's sexual escapades that night, BTW), please provide a single cite of any of these men piously intoning about "traditional family values" on even one occasion. The only thing funny about the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings was Teddy Kennedy's unflinching determination to keep his head down and not say a word.

You could search a lifetime in vain for an example of a single Republican with Teddy's and other Democrats' ability to resist engaging in sexual hypocrisy. Vitter, Craig, Livingston, Chenoweth, Hyde, Sanford, Ensign, Packwood, Gingrich, Foley...they all criticized others' sexual behavior, and they all went down. They are simply fundamentally unable to keep their stupid mouths shut or their pants zipped. You've got to do one or the other.

Posted by: shortstop on September 9, 2009 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

Alex Elliot (@17:19) and fence sitter (@17:30),

Nobody's saying that Dem politicians are saints. But which of them has ever ran on "issues" like the sanctity of marriage, which can only be preserved by the repression of the gays? It's not the fact that they're blown out of the closet which gives us our giggles; it's that every one of the hypocritical SOBs has been hoist on his own ... um... petard?

Posted by: exlibra on September 9, 2009 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

"...there are plenty of Democrats and plenty of liberals that cheat on their wives,..."

Alex, start making a list now of Democratic officials across this land who've come to grief for sexual crimes, offenses, and escapades, and I doubt that in a month you can come close to the list of arrested and convicted and exposed pervert Republicans available at this site: http://www.armchairsubversive.org/

Posted by: bluestatedon on September 9, 2009 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

. . . neither of whom was his wife . . .

Posted by: PowerOfX on September 9, 2009 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK
It's almost as if this crowd is filled with philandering hypocrites

What's with the weasel words "It's almost as if"? Let's read that sentence again, without them this time

Sarchasm.

Posted by: navamske on September 9, 2009 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

If anything, Heidi goes down alone.

I'm not sure, did Duvall cover these specifics in his braggadocio?

Posted by: ckelly on September 9, 2009 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if California state Rep. Michael Duvall's wife has a contingency plan for her health care insurance after potential changes in her current health insurance circumstances.

Posted by: Bill on September 9, 2009 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, honey. Did Fox News tell you that Mark Sanford was a Democrat?

Hah! Good one.

Posted by: ckelly on September 9, 2009 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

I can think of one Democratic hypocrite: Eliot Spitzer prosecuted prostitution rings that weren't very different from the one he patronized. But it seems clear that the Republicans score way better on the hypocrisy meter.

Posted by: Joe Buck on September 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

Joe Buck@6.09p - Spitzer immediately (well, a week later) stepped down from his job as governor. He seems to have taken responsibility for his actions.

Oh, and don't Kevin and Marian Drum live in Orange County? I went over to Mother Jones but he doesn't seem to have written about Duvall and his lobbyist/hookers.

Posted by: phoebes-in-santa fe on September 9, 2009 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

From dear Heidi's official biography:

"Ms. Barsuglia graduated cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts degree combining a double major in Political Science and Persuasive Communications."

The jokes just write themselves, don't they?

Posted by: Curmudgeon on September 9, 2009 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

How long until he gets a right-wing radio talk show?

Posted by: rnato on September 9, 2009 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

As for the bigger picture, the extraordinarily long list of "family values" conservative Republicans who preach one thing and do the opposite has yet another member. It's almost as if this crowd is filled with philandering hypocrites.

You don't say. How many more repeats until that becomes the default expectation towards pols vociferously proclaiming 'family values'?

Posted by: SRW1 on September 9, 2009 at 7:03 PM | PERMALINK

Rule No. 1 of affairs: Don't tell *anybody*! Ever!
Rule No. 2: Only one at a time, moron.

Posted by: stevenz on September 9, 2009 at 7:38 PM | PERMALINK

Duvall, the Reptilican, sleeping with his "supplier" ho! That is more interesting than the affair per se, that it was with an energy lobbyist (coal/gas?)

Posted by: N e i l B on September 9, 2009 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

'Family values' always reminds me of the Congressman played by Burt Reynolds in Striptease. That movie got it right.

Posted by: PDK on September 9, 2009 at 11:25 PM | PERMALINK

If he'd just have waited til the Supreme Court ruled on this corporate freedom-of-speech thing, he'd have been okay -- his lobbyist could have explained everything as the exercise of the corporation's first amendment rights.

Do I understand how this works?

Posted by: Hank Roberts on September 10, 2009 at 12:39 AM | PERMALINK

You know, it's not the cheating on his wife that disgusts me... I cheated once myself. I'm not proud of it, I hope I've become a better person that that, but hey, let he who is without sin and all.

It's not even the hypocrisy. I haven't expected honesty about sex, especially infidelity, from human beings since I turned 20. In the end, EVERYONE lies about sex.

Nope, what I hate is that the guy is his lack of morality, not in the sappy bs megachurch sense, but in essential human decency. It's obvious that he considers both these women to be mere playthings, objects, possessions. They are unworthy of discretion, of respect, of any right to privacy. He waves them out there as though they were bowling trophies. Using them as props to his manly prowess.

Evil starts when you begin to think of people as things.

Ps: yeah, I know. The circumstances indicate that the woman was essentially whoring herself. Even so, mere professional courtesy would dictate some discretion on his part. But know, he doesn't give a shit about her, her reputation, or her privacy.

Really, it's sweet to see karma boomerang back so swiftly.

Posted by: charlie on September 10, 2009 at 12:55 AM | PERMALINK

I am not sure hypocrisy is really the right word. There are so many of these stories about wayward Republicans that you almost suspect there is some sort of inbred psychological need that the preverts among us have to turn to fundamentalist religion. Those of us in secular, progressive Massachusetts where gay couples are supposedly destroying the sanctity of marriage have the lowest divorce rate in the country while the pious Bible Belt South has the highest.

I've always thought that was due to economic reasons as much as anything, but reading Max Blumenthal's "Republican Gamorrah" I'm beginning to see that sexual perverts and serial adulterers seem to find a way to right wing politics and fundamentalist religion. I mean, Newt Gingrich who just converted to Catholicism is on his third marriage and "dancing with the stars Tom Delay" was once called "Hot Tub Tommy" for his drunken debaucharies with women who were not his wife. This is beyond hypocrisy and into psychology.

Posted by: Ted Frier on September 10, 2009 at 6:39 AM | PERMALINK

Repressed sexuality and self-loathing never end well.

Posted by: Sinfonian on September 10, 2009 at 7:46 AM | PERMALINK

Assuming it was indeed Heidi De Jong Barsuglia, from the link above we find:
ETHICS COURSE COMPLETION DATE
11/12/2008
REGISTRATION DATE
04/14/2009
STATUS
Active

Active, indeed!

Posted by: delver on September 10, 2009 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

"The whore"
Posted by: doubtful on September 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM |

Oh, c'mon now, doubtful.

Surely that's uncalled-for & unnecessary. (And may I say, I can't believe nobody else has called you out on this yet!)

What does something like that say about you -- and about all of us, huh? We're supposed to be good little progressives here. We're supposed to know better -- we're supposed to be better -- than that.

We're supposed to know it's spelled:

The "ho"

Posted by: smartalek on September 10, 2009 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

I think people should know what Duvall said and make up their own minds. What he is reported to have said is:
"She wears little eye-patch underwear. So, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And? so, we had made love Wednesday-a lot! And so she'll, she's all, 'I am going ?up and down the stairs, and you're dripping out of me!' So messy! … So, I am getting into spanking her. Yeah, I like it. I like spanking her. She goes, 'I know you like spanking me.' I said, 'Yeah! Because you're such a bad girl!' … And so her birthday was Monday. I was 54 on June 14, so for a month, she was 19 years younger than ?me. I said, 'Now, you're getting old. I am going to have to trade you in.' And she goes, '[I'm] 36.' She is 18 years younger than me. And so I keep? teasing her, and she goes, 'I know you French men. You divide your age by ?two and add seven, and if you're older than that, you dump us.'"

Posted by: John Galt on September 12, 2009 at 12:33 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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