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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
This Might Affect his Election Chances…

By Steven Taylor @ 6:42 am

This proves (or creates) a political maxim: never get divorced during a campaign: Ex-wife of GOP Senate candidate alleged sex club forays - Jun 22, 2004.

The whole thing is bizarre. First you have this:

The ex-wife of Jack Ryan, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, alleged in court papers filed in 2000 that he took her to sex clubs and asked her to engage in sexual activity in front of other patrons.

Portions of the documents, which related to a visitation dispute over the couple’s son, were released Monday, after a judge in Los Angeles ordered them unsealed.

At a news conference Monday, Ryan reiterated the denial he made in his initial legal response to the charges by TV actress Jeri Lynn Ryan, in which he called the allegations “ridiculous” and “smut” and insisted he was “faithful and loyal to my wife throughout our marriage.”

And then you have this:

Jeri Ryan, who starred in the TV shows “Boston Public” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” also issued a conciliatory statement, saying that she now considers her ex-husband “a friend” and has “no doubt that he will make an excellent senator.”

While not addressing the sex club allegations directly in her statement, she said that “there was never any physical abuse in our marriage - either to myself or to our son - nor, to my knowledge, was he ever unfaithful to me.”

“Jack is a good man, a loving father, and he shares a strong bond with our son. I wish him all the best,” she said.

Which is, one must admit, a strange juxtaposition.

Apparently the docs cames out as a result of the following:

Several Chicago media organizations had sued for release of documents relating to the Ryans’ divorce, saying the public interest outweighed their concerns about privacy and the possible effect on their now 9-year-old son. Friday, a judge in Los Angeles, where their divorce was litigated, agreed to unseal portions of more than 360 pages of documents, although large parts remained blacked out.

Both Ryans had objected to the release of details in the documents, but they opted not to appeal the ruling.

Quite frankly, a rather sordid situation, and one that I would think would likely damage Ryan’s electability (to put it mildly). Although it might help him with the swing vote.

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4 Comments»

  1. “Although it might help him with the swing vote.”

    May you be forgiven for that, some day.

    Moe

    Comment by Moe Lane — Tuesday, June 22, 2004 @ 8:44 am

  2. Given the fact a) that he has the same surname as Illinois’ disgraced former Governor and b) that said Governor’s antics have all but destroyed the Republican Party’s electoral prospects in the state of Illinois for the time being, I doubt this self-serving “revelation” will harm Ryan’s chances. Snowballs in hell already compared favourably.

    Comment by Dodd — Tuesday, June 22, 2004 @ 9:10 am

  3. ’swing vote’ ouch.

    Comment by phil massey — Tuesday, June 22, 2004 @ 10:02 am

  4. Swing vote…heh heh…swing…vote…I get it.

    Jeri Ryan likely never expected this information to ever become public, so the juxtaposition doesn’t surprise me. Divorced parents should never disparage one another in front of their children. And, like it or not, with children, an ex-spouse really never goes away. That they’ve maintained a friendly relationship is to be applauded.

    Of course, if the son ever asks, she should be honest with her son about the reasons for the divorce.

    That said, I don’t think this little scandal will overcome the years of positive publicity Jack got from his adventures in the Cold War (retrieving rogue Soviet submarines, etc.).

    Comment by Tom — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 9:24 am

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