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Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. trumwill mobile says:

    I hope the truth – whatever it is – is discovered so that the culpable party is properly disgraced. Else it’ll just be one of those things where the assumption is that this is proof of how despicable the other side is.Report

  2. Mike Schilling says:

    “… but first, the politicians!”Report

  3. What bugs me about this whole story is that there really is an issue here regarding Menendez’s relationship with the doctor and his free trips to the DR. The story definitely has some serious potential corruption issues going on here (a NJ Democrat faces corruption questions? Shocking, I know!) that ultimately may have caused Menendez some serious problems, maybe even rising to the level of forcing him to step down. But instead the right wing media made the story all about the always shoddy prostitution claims.

    Now Menendez gets to look like a victim, and the corruption issues can be largely swept under the rug.Report

  4. Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    Standard libertarian response: If prostitution was legal & regulated, this would be a less of an issue (unless he really was going after underage girls/boys).Report

  5. kenB says:

    I’m not invested in the story at all, but at a first read, the Atlantic Wire summation doesn’t seem “pretty good” to me — the writer is trying hard to keep treating the WaPo article as a strong refutation of the Daily Caller report, even though it looks a lot like they talked to the wrong woman. And the last update seems to not reflect well on WaPo’s credibility on this.

    I do agree with Mark that the possible corruption should be the bigger story in any case.Report

  6. Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    In related news of elected officials acting badly:

    Lawmaker makes lewd comment to 17 year old girl.

    WTF is wrong with some of these people?Report