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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:05 PM
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GOP stalwart arrested in 2-day St. Paul prostitution sting
Source: Star Tribune

GOP stalwart arrested in 2-day St. Paul prostitution sting

July 25, 2008

Peter Hong, a longtime Republican operative in Minnesota, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of soliciting prostitution in St. Paul.

Police spokesman Peter Panos said that the arrest came during the first day of a two-day sting operation during which "johns" and prostitutes responded to ads placed on the Internet and in print. Thirty-five people were arrested Wednesday and Thursday, Panos said today.

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Hong has been in and out of the Republican side of Minnesota politics since the mid-1990s, when he surfaced as a genial bulldog campaign press secretary for former Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn. He served as a spokesman for Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign in 2002 and for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Minnesota in 2004.

Most recently, Hong was a point person for presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Gina Countryman, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Republican Party, said Hong is not currently working for any Minnesota candidate.

He is the third political figure to be arrested in a St. Paul prostitution sting in the past year.

Last summer, police arrested Tim Droogsma, a press secretary to former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, who initially attributed his arrest to a "severe misunderstanding" before pleading guilty in January to an engaging-in-prostitution charge.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/local/25880574.html?page=1&c...
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:07 PM
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1. Rethug Family Values.
Always on display.
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SCantiGOP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:09 PM
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2. spokesman for Pawlenty
Several folks think that he will end up being McCain's VP.
What is it with these Republicans? Do they always have to pay for sex?
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Indenturedebtor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:12 PM
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4. Have to... no. They like to use money to fuck people though
It's sort of their MO, and their vision for society.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:46 PM
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8. No, sometimes they can get it for free in public restrooms.
But no longer after the sex partner gets to know them better.
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Kweli4Real Donating Member (792 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 03:50 PM
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15. Or, they ...
Can be FORCED to offer it to big, scary Black guys, in park restrooms ... after staking out the park for a couple of hours.
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greenman3610 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:53 PM
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9. for the kind of sex they want, yes
those diapers cost money
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:11 PM
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3. Maybe he couldn't find the bathroom stall?
Edited on Fri Jul-25-08 12:12 PM by sellitman
Or his stance wasn't wide enough?

LOL
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:18 PM
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5. Was he wearing diapers, the Republicon kink of preference?
Inquiring minds, um, don't really want to know...
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:22 PM
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6. A "two-day sting operation?" Must have been one helluva party...(nt)
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wilt the stilt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:22 PM
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7. at least it was an underage boy n/t
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 02:32 PM
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10. it's almost as if being republican
makes you horny for something unfamiliar. assuming the man's married i mean.
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 02:42 PM
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11. I hope Power Line and Drudge are covering this
LOL!
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 03:07 PM
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12. heck of a name to have when considering matters of the penis.
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PatGund Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 03:21 PM
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13. Shock and Horror!!!
I mean, he was actually going after WOMEN?? What kind of lame GOP sex scandal is this??
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 03:25 PM
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14. Wait til September
Or is this sting operation intended to eliminate the ladies of the night?
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-26-08 08:34 AM
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18. Seems more like they are putting a list of available "service girls"
together for the convention and trying to eliminate the local competition for their time too.

Imagine. Make a deal to be available convention week and the case disappears from the docket. It's a win/win.
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pattmarty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 03:55 PM
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16. Now what are they gonna do for the convention? there is not......
....enough "stalls" in all the twin city bathrooms to accommodate all the G-rand O-ld P-ervets.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 03:57 PM
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17. another member of the Craig/Foley/Vitter wing of the Reskank party
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pokercat999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-26-08 09:20 AM
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19. What a waste of time and tax dollars chasing sex workers.
You don't think the dems do the same thing? At least these people were willing to pay rather than use their political position to procure sex.

Throwing rocks while standing in a glass house is not a smart thing to do.
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