Saturday, March 13, 2010

Utah Lawmaker Resigns After Nude Hot-Tub Confession

Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn has resigned. Earlier this week, Garn admitted that he spent time nude in a hot tub with a 15-year-old female, Cheryl Maher, 25 years ago. Garn was 29 at the time of the incident. He said that Maher worked for him.

Although Garn paid Maher $150,000 in 2002 (when he ran for Congress) to remain silent, she recently publicized the event to media. This caused Garn to go public.

Garn, a Republican, received applause and support from other lawmakers after he acknowledged the incident. Nonetheless, he decided it was best that he resign. Coincidentally, Maher stated today that she and Garn shared a hot tub twice and that the first incident occurred soon after she turned 15.

This is the second scandal to rock Utah Republicans this year. In January, Utah Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack resigned after a DUI arrest.


liberal dissent said...

I am curious as to whether this actually broke the law at the time. And I am also curious as to whether this would have sunk a politician in a less reactionary state; maybe it's my godless degenerate liberalism, but I do not see that big a deal here.

James H said...

I have to admit I don't think this is a big deal. I guess what the underlying problem is he paid hush money. If he had been up front over this in 2002 I suspect he would have survived

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