Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Unfit to Serve

The Orlando Sentinel details more of legislative intern McKensie Morrison's apparent run-ins with Florida law enforcement in the wake of the scandal involving Tennessee State Senator Paul Stanley:

In the months after she graduated from Spruce Creek High School in 2005, McKensie Morrison was charged with cocaine possession, got married, lived without electricity and watched her husband beat a 75-year-old man with a hammer.

Last month, the couple filed for divorce in Volusia County via a joint petition.

While enrolled in a Tennessee legislative internship program for college students, Morrison developed a sexual relationship with state Sen. Paul Stanley, a married father of two, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation affidavit filed in a Tennessee court.

Morrison's boyfriend, Joel Watts, threatened to expose the affair when he tried to extort $10,000 from Stanley, according to Tennessee investigators.

The senator triggered an investigation when he contacted the bureau to report the extortion attempt.

In addition to all of the reasons highlighted on Friday, another good reason for Paul Stanley to resign his Senate seat is the fact as it has become known that McKensie Morrison made Paul Stanley quite aware that she was married to a man in prison, and that she had a dark side to her recent past beyond her sexual indiscretions. At that point, Stanley should have known that it was best to end his relationship with her. The very act of taking pictures of Morrison knowing that he could be found out speaks to his ill judgment.

Paul Stanley's lack of personal character seems to be of little question at this point, but unfortunately he isn't the only legislator in the General Assembly with public defects of character. The greatest difficulty for both the Senate and Paul Stanley's constituents is the reality that Paul Stanley has clearly demonstrated that he does not have the sound and sane judgement required of an elected representative to carry on the daily business of government.

When a person demonstrates such a glaring lack of mental capacity, they are not fit for public office.

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At Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insightful commentary David!

Around the State Capitol it is common knowledge that, about 14 years ago, married man Frank Niceley had an extra-marital affair with a married woman in Sevier County. That affair produced a child, who is now a teenager.

That illicit pregnancy exposed the affair and led to a divorce for the woman. She had the child though and it goes by her last name.

Rep. Niceley has been known to say around the Capitol that: "My wife [Cindy] knew she married a stud when she picked me and that I would be hard to keep in the corral."

Now, in your column on Stanley, you write: "When a person demonstrates such a glaring lack of mental capacity, they are not fit for public office."

The question for you: Does the same apply to your buddy Frank?!

If not, why not?!

At Tuesday, July 28, 2009 11:32:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Once again the veneer of 'rightousness' is stripped away we see what is behind all the talk.

PS It appears that Sen. Stanely has resigned.

At Friday, July 31, 2009 1:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Paul Stanley had to do was say "No, I value my (second) marriage more than I want 22 year old pussy."

At least he didn't strangle her.


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