Vice Squad
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Sex and Politics

Seem to go together like peas and carrots, or opium and soup.

Political scandal is pretty common in Illinois, but it's usually of the "the mob pressured officials to give them a casino license" or "the mayor gave kickbacks to certain contractors" variety. Finally, Illinois voters get a nice, juicy sex scandal.

Actually, this is quite possibly the lamest sex scandal in the history of sex scandals. Yet the media here can't seem to get enough of it.

For those of you who haven't heard the details yet, Illinois GOP senatorial candidate, Jack Ryan, allegedly took his wife to a few racy clubs back when they were married. The details of the allegations were found in child custody papers that were previously sealed after the couple's divorce in order to protect their child. Why these documents needed to be disclosed to the public is a total mystery to me.

I realize that when you become a public official you give up a lot of privacy, but for this guy to have to go on every local talk show and discuss his legal, non-adulterous, arguably kinky behavior is completely ridiculous and irrelevant. After having to watch Bill Clinton re-hash his indiscretions over the weekend as well, I've pretty much had enough.

Really the only thing I find interesting about this story is that Mr. Ryan's wife, Jeri Ryan played "Seven of Nine" on the series Star Trek: Voyager. Based on her character, I thought that she would have been cool with some kink. Go figure.


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