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06 October 2010

Lady Lobbyists In D.C. Angry At Kingston, Price For Not Meeting With Them

For more than a decade, both Democrats and Republicans have played "gotcha" politics with sex scandals involving candidates for Congress.

Republicans, fearing scathing TV commercials and direct mail pieces alleging sexual misconduct (true or not) with female interns, lobbyists and staffers, have now adopted a policy of not meeting with women behind closed doors.

Consider this new policy blowback for years of campaigns about sex scandals instead of a dialogue on the issues.

. . .female lobbyists are raising new concerns that access to male Republican lawmakers has been further hampered by a warning made earlier this year by House Minority Leader John Boehner.

The Ohio Republican privately told a handful of male Republicans to avoid getting drunk and partying with female lobbyists at after-hour parties on Capitol Hill, according to a July report in the New York Post.

Crabtree, Susan (2010-10-5). Female lobbyists cry foul as Republican lawmakers keep their distance on the Hill. The Hill. Retrieved on 2010-10-6.

1st district Congressman Jack Kingston (R - Georgia) told The Hill that he doesn't do a lot of drinking and partying with lady lobbyists. Kingston also said that he's very careful when it comes to meeting with women alone.

Another Georgia Republican, Tom Price, said, "one should always conduct oneself in a manner that is beyond reproach."

This GOP policy is an affect effect of political operatives making elections about who's sleeping with whom. Women working in the political arena, especially attractive women, are now treated with kid gloves in order to avoid the appearance of misconduct.

Elections should be about the issues, not about sex. Now we're seeing what happens when elections are about sex and not the issues. There are no winners, only losers.

And this time, the losers are the lady lobbyists.