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Friday, April 28, 2006

The emerging GOP sex scandal

Now that it's pretty firmly out of the rumor category, it's time to start looking in on the newly-complex story of two defense contractors hiring prostitutes and booking luxury suites for Congressmen.

The contractors are Brent Wilkes and Mitchell Wade have already made the news in the Randy Cunningham bribery scandal, and for making illegal contributions to the campaign of Florida's Katherine Harris. This new case is said to involve up to half a dozen more legislators, and even some top-level CIA officials-- up to and including Porter Goss, the man Bush hired to purge the agency of non-ideologues.

The basic premise is simple enough: the two paid for hospitality suites in DC hotels, including the Watergate, where these fine folks could go for 'poker night,' or alternatively 'poke-her night.'

But in a sign of just how involved this whole thing was, Harper's reports that Wilkes even hired a limousine service to ferry the officials and prostitutes back and forth from the suites. A limousine service owned by a man with a long criminal record who also happened to be awarded a $21 million homeland security contract.

Brace yourselves for yet another endless barrage of 'Chappaquiddick' and 'Monicagate' from the pieholes of right-wing shills as this story heats up.