Call me madam: phone records of the "D.C. Madam" revealed that a morally righteous Republican senator had used her Washington escort service. Who's next?When outspoken "family values family values
The moral and social values traditionally maintained and affirmed within a family. " supporter David Vitter--a Republican senator from Louisiana who has voted against same-sex marriage Noun 1. same-sex marriage - two people of the same sex who live together as a family; "the legal status of same-sex marriages has been hotly debated"
couple, twosome, duet, duo - a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable and adoption by gays--was exposed in July as a former client of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey Deborah Jeane Palfrey (born 1956) is the former owner of Pamela Martin and Associates, which the United States government alleges was a prostitution service in Washington, D.C. She has been charged with operating a house of prostitution. , he became the biggest casualty to date in the ongoing Madamgate scandal. Last March, Palfrey pal·frey
n. pl. pal·freys Archaic
A saddle horse, especially one for a woman to ride.
[Middle English, from Old French palefrei, from Medieval Latin , 50, was indicted INDICTED, practice. When a man is accused by a bill of indictment preferred by a grand jury, he is said to be indicted. on federal money-laundering charges for allegedly operating a prostitution business in Washington from 1993 to August 2006. She claims her escort service, Pamela Martin ''for the escort agency see Deborah Jeane Palfrey
Pamela Martin (born 1953) is an American-born television reporter on Canadian TV. She currently co-anchors the weekday 6pm newscasts on CTV British Columbia alongside Bill Good. and Associates, which she ran from her home in Vallejo, Calif., was a legal high-end adult fantasy firm.
So she's been fighting fire with fire: In July she posted 46 pounds of phone bills on her Web site, the better for interested parties (like the Hustler magazine journalist who broke the Vitter news) to suss out suss out
Brit, Austral & NZ slang to work out (a situation or a person's character), using one's intuition [from suspect]
Verb 1. the movers and shakers among her top secret clientele. She spoke to The Advocate at a cafe near her home.
So who's next after Vitter?
There will be more names coming out, names of people below the level of Senator Vitter. These are the people who are the real power movers in D.C., who are responsible for our current state of affairs.
Were most of your clients Republicans?
Of late, I would say that's more true than not. But you have to remember that my business spanned two administrations. This is a bipartisan kind of business. All of this could fall out either way.
For many gay people, the real issue is not that someone like Vitter used an escort service, but his hypocrisy.
I only knew him as "David from C Street." But what bothers me now is the issue of what constitutes family. There are so many kids in need of a family, and whatever family means, it's wrong for him to deny children a home when there are gay men and lesbians who want to provide them.
Is there a bigger story here?
The bigger story is, What started this? I apparently was under a Hoover-style investigation with the government gathering evidence and building up a file from March 2004 until they pulled the trigger last October. They watched me. They spied on me. They were running grand jury subpoenas to gather evidence on me. In these days of diminishing rights, this is very troubling.
What do you think they were looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. ?
I think they--whoever "they" are--thought I was sitting on a powder keg powder keg
1. A small cask for holding gunpowder or other explosives.
2. A potentially explosive situation or thing.
1. of information, which is starting to prove to be true. I think they wanted to use the information for some future political reason or maybe to squeeze me in some manner. It's either this, which sounds kind of extreme, or these are the most incompetent, dysfunctional people I have ever encountered in my life.
Your legal defense is centered on Lawrence v. Texas The Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S., 123 S.Ct. 2472, 156 L.Ed.2d 508 (2003), striking down state Sodomy laws as applied to gays and lesbians. , the landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down gay sodomy laws on the basis that what two adults do in private is private. Does this make you feel more of an affinity with the gay community? Absolutely. I always thought prostitution was the next barrier afar homosexuality. I always thought once gays were accepted that the next barrier would be prostitution. According to my civil attorney, the [Lawrence] case is the foundation upon which prostitution will be legalized in this country. And that is one of our main motions.
Do you ever wish you had had a different type of career? Would I like to have done other things? I'd like to think that when this is all over I'll have done one heck of a job for a lot of people exposing corruption. And that would be better than any career I could have imagined, really.