Monday, April 14, 2008

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Republicans Gone Wild!!!

Bruce Barclay, a Republican county commissioner in Pennsylvania, was exonerated of a charge of rape four days ago. The key to getting off (pun sort of intended)? Turns out he had secretly made a videotape showing himself having consensual sex with his 20-year-old accuser.

Unfortunately for his political career, he had also made other tapes of his other encounters with other partners. Hundreds of them. All filmed with surveillance cameras he had hidden in his home and office. Barclay admitted he had never obtained permission to film any of these encounters. And yeah, some of those were with prostitutes, for a while hired on a weekly basis.

In his defense, no women were filmed during the making of these films.


Anonymous said...

This happened in the county I live in, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out here. This is a pretty Republican area, but this is a huge embarrassment for their party, and isn't likely to go away as a story for a while.

bjkeefe said...

Thanks for the local perspective. I'd be interested in hearing more from you as the story does play out.

Was this guy at all well-known? Every place I've lived in, knowing the names of county executives was Master-level Trivial Pursuit, but in less urban areas, I could imagine that this could be different.