Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Ex-wife says Ryan pushed sex clubs

This seems to be typical "he said - she said" stuff from a nasty divorce process. If any of the allegations are true, Jack Ryan's campaign just sputtered and died right here. Remember what happened to Blair Hull? This is the same thing right here. These are some pretty salacious accusations from Jeri Ryan, and as such should be taken with a grain of salt.

Senior Republicans like Ray LaHood and Judy Baar Topinka are justified in their shock and surprise about these documents. We've got some very nasty accusations about Jack Ryan being a control freak, and about being a voyeur to boot. Illinois Republicans do not need someone like that running for office with the party's money. This still assumes that Jeri Ryan's accusations are true.

So here's the big question: who's telling the truth? If Jack Ryan is telling the truth, then his ex-wife had better admit to lying during the divorce proceedings and face whatever punishment comes from that. If Jeri Ryan is telling the truth, then Jack Ryan needs to do the proper thing and get out of the Senate race. We have two big "if" statements here.

My own personal assumption is that Ryan did what his ex-wife accused him of doing and that he's hiding it to protect his political career, much like Bill Clinton did until recently. Until he can provide irrefutable proof that he didn't do any of those things, it's best to err on the side of caution.

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