Which New Zealand Woman Politician will be the First to have Sex scandal?

So now we have had the biggest political scandal on New Zealand history and Deborah Coddington says women don’t do this sort of thing…turns out they do.

The New Yorker looks at women in political scandals.

It’s a numbers game. It’s a matter of attraction. It’s being too busy with “diapers and bottles and bills and votes and markups” to “possibly think about doing anything else.” There are a number of explanations offered for why men seem to be overrepresented when it comes to sex scandals among politicians or other powerful figures. (The most obvious is they’re overrepresented, period, when it comes to political office and powerful positions.) But while our attention is turned toward Anthony Weiner, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Silvio Berlusconi, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and whoever else is likely to apologize for or deny the next round of photographs and love children and criminal charges, let’s also take a moment to remember nine women in politics who have caused ripples with their sexual exploits. 

They list the top 9.

Helen Chenoweth, Republican Congresswoman from Idaho
Her offense: After attacking her Democratic opponent by lumping him in with Bill Clinton, whose behavior in the Monica Lewinsky scandal had “severely damaged his ability to lead our nation, and the free world,” she admitted to a six-year affair with a married man who later worked for her congressional staff.
Her defense: “I’ve asked for God’s forgiveness, and I’ve received it.”

Iris Robinson, member of Parliament and wife of the First Minister in Northern Ireland
Her offense: Having an affair with a man forty years her junior, earning her the nickname “Celtic Cougar.”
Her defense: She cited “serious bouts of depression” and “the stress and strain of public life” when stepping down from her Parliament post following the scandal.

Victoria Woodhull, U.S. Presidential candidate in 1872
Her offense: Practicing and preaching free love—and outing Henry Ward Beecher for practicing, if not preaching, it.
Her defense: Women should be allowed to do what the men do.

Aimee Semple McPherson, evangelical minister and political operative
Her offense: Soon after campaigning for William Jennings Bryan, McPherson, who founded the Foursquare church, disappeared for a month, and, according to witnesses, was spotted in many hotels with Kenneth Ormiston, a married man.
Her defense: McPherson claims she was drugged, kidnapped, and held for ransom by two people, Steve and Mexicali Rose. And during a grand jury investigation, Ormiston admitted to having an affair, but said it was with “Mrs. X,” not McPherson. (The case was eventually dropped.)

Katherine Bryson, state representative in Utah
Her offense: She was caught on camera with a lover by a surveillance camera that her husband, Kay, had set up intending, he said, to catch a thief.
Her defense: Kay abused power by using county employees to install the publicly owned equipment that did her in, Katherine said. A judge disagreed.

Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary for the U.K.
Her offense: Claiming the purchase of pornographic films on her parliamentary expenses.
Her defense: Her husband is the one who bought them; but she still resigned from office and said that she “was the one who did the wrong thing. For claiming it. For not going through the expense form closely enough.”

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Her offense: Taking many lovers, elevating them to positions of power, and then casting them off, with large sums of money, when she became bored with them.
Her defense: At least I gave them parting gifts. And the horse thing’s a lie.

Edwina Currie, member of Parliament for the U.K.
Her offense: Carrying on an affair with former Prime Minister John Major when they were both in Margaret Thatcher’s government.
Her defense: By the time she revealed the affair, by publishing her diaries, she didn’t really need one; she was out of politics, and Major, who had made family values a central theme in his political career, suffered most of the attacks—aside from a few spectacular blows, including, from Lady Archer: “I am a little surprised, not at Mrs. Currie’s indiscretion but at a temporary lapse in John Major’s taste.”

Chu Mei-feng, councilwoman for Taipei City
Her offense: Being caught on film having sex with her married lover.
Her defense: It may not work for politics, but it sure works for entertainment.

Who will New Zealand’s first woman in a political sex scandal?


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  • Time For Accountability

    It’s already happened.


    • Grizz30

      You are putting bad thoughts into my head.

    • Hazards001

      It’s one of the reasons I despised Clark. I knew she was a dyke and
      frankly I didn’t give a damn..the reason I knew was one of her lovers
      was a friend of mine..and still is.

      Clearly I didn’t despise her for her sexuality..I couldn’t stand her
      because she was a lying deceitful cunt and an academic that had never
      done an honest days work in her life that couldn’t lie straight in bed.

      This was proven time and time again through the painting scandal, the
      corn saga, the limo race to the rugby, the pledge card, the broken
      promises on penal reform, the….the list is fucking endless. Helen
      Clark has more fucking gates named after her than Dungeons and Dragons.

      Clark was and is a blatant fucking liar a deceiver and a nasty piece
      of gear. My friend doesn’t have a good word to say about her

      NOTE: I lifted this comment from a previous post on WO. It is mine, http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/08/random-reader-observations-laboursgottalent/#axzz2iEc55thT

      • Time For Accountability

        Don’t forget Darton v Clarke.

    • MrLastMinute

      Helen’s homosexuality must be the biggest open secret in New Zealand politics. I never understood why no one in the 4th estate outed her, a conspiracy of silence I guess. Or fear of the angry dykes wrath – I definitely wouldn’t want to get on her shit list.

      Then there’s Johnathan Hunt’s predilication for men quite a few years younger than himself. Fairly well known in the right circles, but never got public traction either.

  • peterwn

    One in the 1970’s, but it would be a total non-issue now. I refused to pay 25 cents for Truth to find what it was, and when I finally found out, I thought ‘so what’? So did most others – even then.

    • Kimbo

      Marilyn Waring?

  • blokeintakapuna

    Does everyone know Whale’s rules of asking questions?

    Hammock & iPad …. Check!
    Beer… Check!
    Popcorn… Check!

    Next weeks gonna be a scorcher too! How will I get any work done?

  • Toryboy

    Isn’t it obvious who the first one will be? Carol Beaumont

  • Dave

    Obviously Deb Cod did her research before tweeting you calling you a “C*#T Cam, and the offensive tweet arriving.

    I suppose this qualifies the story as yet another high quality Herald article, and as accurate as Len is honest!

    Deb, I have previously liked most of your articles, but this is a new low for you, will still follow you on Twitter, but for amusement only, like a cat playing with a mouse.

  • drummerboy

    What about New Zealand’s first gay sex scandal?…. Wonder how they will spin that one.

    • Jimmie

      Red heads and swiss balls may already qualify for this?

      • blokeintakapuna

        It was the confusion and mix up over Gingernuts…

  • Grizz30

    I think we need to be careful about what is a sex scandal and what is a consensual relationship. There have been woman politicians who have entered or ended relationships while in Parliament. I guess what people want are the extra-marital affairs. I guess the MP’s partner getting up to no good while he is left on his own probably does not count either.

    I would hazard a guess that there are many sickos out there who want to hear about the powerful seductress of a cougar embroiled with a virulent young buck on the office sofa, time, and time again. Then again, the feminist movement would probably hail her as a hero.

    • Hazards001

      Leave me out of this…

  • Eiselmann

    Len himself has given a clue…he’s going to get back on the horse …now which female politician of the socialist persuasion does that imply.

    • Guest

      Seen trotting in Welly

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I could have published a photo…but considering many of you bros will be eating dinner, I am backing off……

    • Magoo

      Thank you Sir Cullen. After that last episode with the Fenton she-orc I don’t know if my nerves could take it again (cold shiver).

  • blairmulholland

    I thought that was Coddington herself! Didn’t the late Roger Kerr make a scene with her?

  • It has to be Darien Fenton, surely. Or maybe Cath Delahunty…

    • cows4me

      You have to be joking. Most of the lefty woman politicians are just plain scary.

  • Col

    Chu Mei – Feng was the only honest answer in the above, and a bloody good honest one at that.

  • Col

    A letter from Parliament ; all parties are to made aware no interparty breeding will be tolerated.