Former Congressman arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography charges

posted at 10:01 am on February 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

We last heard from Mel Reynolds when he launched his “Redemption” campaign to win back his Congressional seat in a special election, after Jesse Jackson Jr’s conviction on corruption charges. Jackson originally won the seat in a special election after Reynolds’ conviction on statutory-rape charges, later adding corruption charges before Bill Clinton commuted his sentence at the end of his presidency.  Reynolds didn’t make much of an impact on the House race, but instead began traveling to promote tourism … or so he claims now, after being arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography charges:

The state-controlled newspaper, The Herald, reported that Reynolds was arrested Monday for allegedly possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.

The CBS affiliate in Chicago has a slightly more detailed account of the allegations being lodged against the former Democratic Congressman:

Another source told the paper Reynolds had filmed more than 100 videos, and shot 2,000 nude pictures of at least 10 different women on various occasions. The paper also said he owes more than $24,000 in unpaid hotel bills.

The Herald reported Reynolds entered Zimbabwe last year, purporting to be a middleman for foreign investors in the tourism industry.

The Hill, which is the only news outlet to note his party affiliation, also reports that Reynolds also stayed past the time limits on his visa. Zimbabwean officials confiscated his travel documents, which Reynolds claims to have misplaced but just recently rediscovered.

What’s the lesson from this? First, perhaps this is yet another clemency action for which Bill Clinton should answer, as Reynolds appears not to have rehabilitated much if these allegations turn out to be true. Second, Chicago chose wisely enough not to buy the idea that just because a politician puts the word REDEMPTION on a campaign sign, he’s owed his public office back. As I wrote at the time, redemption is always a possibility, but a position of public trust isn’t the measure of it, nor the required reward.


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Once a creep, always a creep.

Patriot Vet on February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

What party is he from?

Evi L. Bloggerlady on February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I hear those Zimbabwe prisons are luxurious.

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Reynolds also stayed past the time limits on his visa.

What, and they didn’t let him stay and work like we would here in the states? The racist lot!

Patriot Vet on February 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

violating immigration laws.

The Hill, which is the only news outlet to note his party affiliation, also reports that Reynolds also stayed past the time limits on his visa. Zimbabwean officials confiscated his travel documents, which Reynolds claims to have misplaced but just recently rediscovered.

So, Zimbabwe can swiftly and forcefully enforce its immigration and visa laws, but the US can’t?

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Pfff. He’s a demorat. The wymins prolly deserved it.

VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I hear those Zimbabwe prisons are luxurious.

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Midnight Express II?

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Wonder if Tamara Holder did him too??

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

And if HillAREwe could vote for him, she would…

..and Libfree…and Motherland…..and….

ToddPA on February 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I hear those Zimbabwe prisons are luxurious.

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Midnight Express II?

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Watch holder and bambi get involved in this one.

VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Did he “hit the jackpot”, or what?

aquaviva on February 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

The Hill, which is the only news outlet to note his party affiliation,

How about sticking it in the Hot Air headline? It looks as if you have the space for Democrat to me.

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Zimbabwe is a good place for Reynolds. He should have gone there decades ago.

I have to wonder what the heck he really did to rile the Zimbabweans, though. It’s not as if they have any sort of law there (kind of like we now enjoy, here, with Barky). Somehow, Reynolds did something very weird to get a special anti-waiver from the usual lawlessness, there. He had to do something really, really stupid and low if it irked their Mugabe …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Bill Clinton – Mel Reynolds 2016

#GOPwaronwomenses

Bishop on February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

War on women.

celtic warrior on February 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Mel, recorded on tape, when he found out the 14 year old had friends who might be “willing” (Catholic school girls to boot)shouted “I’ve hit the jackpot!”

aquaviva on February 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Wonder if Tamara Holder did him too??

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

She’s Hannity’s favorite guest. I think she resembles Alice the Goon from the Popeye cartoons.

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Time to revisit those Clinton pardons?

What effect will Bill have on a Hillary presidency?

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I thought this turd was still in prison. I didn’t even know that Bill Clinton pardoned him. Shame on me I guess. Dems love them pedophiles.

Dreadnaught on February 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM

She’s Hannity’s favorite guest.

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

One of the reasons I don’t listen to him anymore. Even Juan has more credibility.

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Just another example of that “Republican War on Women”. Oh, wait……………….

GarandFan on February 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM

“A Catholic schoolgirl? Did I just hit the lotto?”

tommyboy on February 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM

One of the reasons I don’t listen to him anymore. Even Juan has more credibility.

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

And he’s shrill and one note…

ladyingray on February 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Watch holder and bambi get involved in this one.
VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Nah, it’s black-on-black lawn enforcement, a totally foreign concept to them.

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Another proud alumni of the CBC.

But I gotta agree, how bad to you have to be before it’s too much even for Zimbabwe? Although maybe he just neglected to make the agreed upon payoffs. All in all, couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow.

Tom Servo on February 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

She’s Hannity’s favorite guest. BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Where I am Hannity’s radio show -which is unlistenable- is on during his TV show -which is unwatchable. How’d he manage to be unbearable in two formats simultaneously?!

Akzed on February 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Wonder why HOt Air did not mention in the headline he is a Democrat…

albill on February 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM

There is nothing good to say about Zimbabwe and its dictator Mugabe ………… except that they don’t tolerate those who deal in child porn.

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Tom Servo on February 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I’m thinking its the 24 grand in hotel bills that has him in trouble. The videos and pics, not so much but it makes a good headline. Once the libs are able to spring him he will launch his Re-redemption campaign and probably win.

Deano1952 on February 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Maybe some enterprising Internet guru could come up with
a set of Trading Cards to sell on line….they would be
called Demcorat Parasites, and have a deck consisting of
people like Anthony Weiner….Mel Reynolds…Eliot Spitzer.
..Bob Filner…Barney Frank…Bill Clinton…John Edwards..

On the back of the card would be their Stats…

ToddPA on February 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I have to wonder what the heck he really did to rile the Zimbabweans, though. It’s not as if they have any sort of law there (kind of like we now enjoy, here, with Barky). Somehow, Reynolds did something very weird to get a special anti-waiver from the usual lawlessness, there. He had to do something really, really stupid and low if it irked their Mugabe …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

That was my first thought. The only actual crimes in Mugabestan are (a)not being black and (b)pissing off the President for Life. Rather like Haiti under the Duvaliers.

Reynolds can plead Not Guilty to (a). Which only leaves (b).

I suspect that either this is a put-up job, or the “photos”, etc. were part of the “perks” that Reynolds was getting in return for facilitating something. His overstaying his visa with no action prior to this would indicate the latter.

It looks like the “deal”, whatever it was, fell through, and somebody has left Reynolds to take the heat.

I also suspect that Mugabe thinks that said “deal” is still possible, and is counting on using Reynolds as a bargaining chip. Because regardless of the state of the local corrections facilities, few “political” types ever see the inside of one.

They tend to “commit suicide” in the local jail, or are “shot while escaping”, etc., before they actually get there.

Reynolds had better hope whoever he was acting as a go-between for antes up- quick.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Wonder why HOt Air did not mention in the headline he is a Democrat…

albill on February 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM

It’s obvious.

fogw on February 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

In a way, I feel sorry for him. What a stupid jerk. Off. Pitiful. Apparently he had a lot going for him, educated, got to become a Congressman, and THIS is what he focuses on? Jeez.

LashRambo on February 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM

A DemoSexacrat eh!!

Typical!!

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.

Wait…he’s a heterosexual pedo?

JetBoy on February 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Maybe some enterprising Internet guru could come up with
a set of Trading Cards to sell on line….they would be
called Demcorat Parasites, and have a deck consisting of
people like Anthony Weiner….Mel Reynolds…Eliot Spitzer.
..Bob Filner…Barney Frank…Bill Clinton…John Edwards..

On the back of the card would be their Stats…

ToddPA on February 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

We have a winner. Model it after the Iraqi War “Most Wanted” deck of 52 playing cards where Saddam was the Ace of Spades, which was at one point a big seller. Bill Clinton can be the Ace of Spades. You have to tread carefully re: libel laws though. One misstatement on one card, there goes your whole inventory.

LashRambo on February 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

“A Catholic schoolgirl? Did I just hit the lotto?”

tommyboy on February 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM

You forgot the peach colored undies .

Lucano on February 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

$24K in hotel bills in Zimbabwe? What’s that in their money, $17 trillion?

James on February 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Jackson originally won the seat in a special election after Reynolds’ conviction on statutory-rape charges, later adding corruption charges before Bill Clinton commuted his sentence at the end of his presidency

One rapist pardons another rapist. “I feel your pain”, says Bill Clinton, biting his lower lip.

Mimzey on February 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Not to worry.
The Reverend Jesse can always go over there and negotiate.

TimBuk3 on February 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

He is just doing jobs that Zimbabweans won’t do. He shouldn’t be arrested and deported for that.

airupthere on February 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

RE:Ughanda Gay Law Concerns,..and the Children:

Obama warns Uganda’s president against signing anti-gay bill

Uganda president warned by its top donor country against pushing ahead with bill that prescribes life imprisonment for homosexual acts

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 9:48am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 9:48am
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It was unclear when Museveni would sign the bill. Ugandan lawmakers passed it in December and Museveni since has been under heavy pressure to enact it.

The measure enjoys broad support among Christian clerics and lawmakers who say

it is needed to deter Western homosexuals

from “recruiting” Ugandan children.
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canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Somehow, Reynolds did something very weird to get a special anti-waiver from the usual lawlessness, there.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

But I gotta agree, how bad to you have to be before it’s too much even for Zimbabwe?

Tom Servo on February 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I’m betting the $24k in unpaid hotel bills has a LOT more to do with this than the pornography does.

$24K in hotel bills in Zimbabwe? What’s that in their money, $17 trillion?

James on February 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

So, his hotel bill could pay off our whole national debt? Maybe he could pay that hotel bill with a platinum coin or something.

GWB on February 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.

Reynolds is being held in custody and is expected to appear in court soon, immigration official Ario Mabika told The Associated Press.

Reynolds, 62, was arrested Monday by police detectives and immigration officials at a Harare hotel, according to the state-controlled newspaper, The Herald.

He brought several Zimbabwean models and other women to his hotel room where he took photographs and videos, the newspaper reported.

As Reynolds was being escorted to a government vehicle he demanded that officials give him his mobile phone and laptop computer, according to The Herald, whose reporter arrived at the hotel as the arrest was taking place.

Reynolds complained that he was not expecting such treatment when he had brought investors to the country, according to the newspaper. He said he had been to Zimbabwe 17 times and had called for U.S. sanctions to be dropped against President Robert Mugabe and his top associates.

This is the latest of several legal problems for Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, who once was a Rhodes scholar. Reynolds resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. While in prison he was also convicted of bank and campaign fraud. He was in jail until his sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in Jan. 2001.

It took the azzes at the Assoc. Press 7 paragraphs to identify him as a “Democrat”.

Imagine, if he were a R…they’d have done this in line one:

“Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds, Republican….”

Suffocate, you swine of the world, from hypocrisy and dereliction.

p.s. my deep apologies to the clean swine of the world.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

except that they don’t tolerate those who deal in child porn.

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Except they don’t say it’s child porn. Which is weird – usually that’s the splash. And, I think lots of folks here are assuming it was based on his past difficulties. But, if it was, why wasn’t that made very explicit (no pun intended)?

GWB on February 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

When was Zimbabwe taken over by Conservatives ? … I missed that news, somehow.

listens2glenn on February 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Them Zimbabwe dudes be RAAAAACIST!!!!!

bimmcorp on February 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I think Mel had better seek the advice and services of Je$$ie Hymetown Jack$on to help show him the way. Je$$ie has vast experience in bedding young vunerable wymens and what to do about it when you get caught.

Missilengr on February 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

If Obama had a son, he would look like Mel Reynolds…

crowmangler on February 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Another source told the paper Reynolds had filmed more than 100 videos, and shot 2,000 nude pictures of at least 10 different women on various occasions. The paper also said he owes more than $24,000 in unpaid hotel bills.

Redemption?

This is just screaming for a certain Princess Bride quote….

This guy has a problem.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

$24,500 hotel bill in Harare? He could have bought the hotel – lock, stock and barrel – for $2K, spent the idle hours indulging in his candid photo hobby and still have had enough money to bribe his way back to Chicago. He and Jesse Jackson must share the same accountant.

The Insouciant Fedster on February 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

USSA or Zimbabwe? The guy felt right at home.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

What’s the lesson from this? First, perhaps this is yet another clemency action for which Bill Clinton should answer, as Reynolds appears not to have rehabilitated much if these allegations turn out to be true.

What good is the presidential pardon power if you can’t help the politically well-connected avoid the consequences of crimes?

It’s the American Way!

Ok, maybe not. But it’s the Chicago Way!

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

And the Democrat war on women continues…

HughJass on February 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

The Hill, which is the only news outlet to note his party affiliation,

How about sticking it in the Hot Air headline? It looks as if you have the space for Democrat to me.

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Great point. Any time any link on the web points back to Hot Air for this story, “Democrat” should be there in the headline.

Because we all know how they love to bury that detail in the regular media.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Bubba wanted someone on the outside that is actually, if not by much, worse than he is. I guess Hitlerary isn’t enough. Safety in numbers.I wonder if Holder was involved in his release ala Rich ??

rik on February 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

If Obama had a son, he would look like Mel Reynolds…

crowmangler on February 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

He does look a little like Zero’s brother in law

rik on February 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Obviously, everyone at The Hill are raaaaacists!

vnvet on February 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.

Wait…he’s a heterosexual pedo?

JetBoy on February 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Are you suggesting homosexual pedos are more common?

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Watch holder and bambi get involved in this one.

VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

You mean the Zimbabweans “acted stupidly?”

Maddie on February 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I think it’s rather telling that this creep felt comfortable traveling to a totalitarian rathole to engage in his little “hobbies.”

Fellow travelers, so to speak.

CurtZHP on February 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

It took the azzes at the Assoc. Press 7 paragraphs to identify him as a “Democrat”.

Imagine, if he were a R…they’d have done this in line one:

“Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds, Republican….”

Suffocate, you swine of the world, from hypocrisy and dereliction.

p.s. my deep apologies to the clean swine of the world.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Schadenfreude: No kidding, had to google, to see which party!:)

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

More Democratic Party ‘War on Women’ ‘Crimes’…such complete disrespect for women…

For those who need a refresher on who is REALLY waging a ‘War on Women’, here is the long List from which Liberal Democrats run:

1. BILL CLINTON
o Kathleen Willey
o Juanita Broaddrick
o Elizabeth Ward Gracen
o Gennifer Flowers
o Paula Jones
o Monica Lewinski
** Democratic Party women, like Hillary, demean(ed) women after sex scandals revealed rather than hold the men / politicians responsible.

2. D-REP BOB FILNER:
o Charged w/Assault & Battery for shoving a female flight attendant

3. D-Senator Ted Kennedy
o Mary Jo Kopechne – Chappaquiddick
o Harrassing women while drunk, pants around his knees

4. D-SENATOR ANTHONY WEINER:
o Adultery
o Texting women pictures of his penis

5. D-SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE:
o Numerous sexual harassment accusations from women against him in the 90s

6. D-REP GUS SAVAGE
o accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa

7. D-SENATOR BROCK ADAMS
o Forced to stop campaigning after accusations of drugging, assaulting, and raping women

8. D-REP FRED RICHMOND
o Arrested for soliciting sex from a 16yo

9. D-REP JOHN YOUNG
o Increased salary of staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances

10. D-REP WAYNE HAYS
o Hired an unqualified staffer for sex – resigned when caught

11. D-REP MEL REYNOLDS
o Convicted of 12 counts of sex with a 16yo – Pardoned by Clinton before Clinton left office
o Arrested on Pornography charges in Zimbabwe (after losing his re-election)

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing: “Democratic Sex Scandals Are Different…”

Riiiiggghhhttt!

easyt65 on February 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

$24K in hotel bills in Zimbabwe? What’s that in their money, $17 trillion?

James on February 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Meh. It’s only $9 million.

$9 million. $9 million there. Pretty soon you’re talking about some serious money.

bigmacdaddy on February 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Once the libs are able to spring him he will launch his Re-redemption campaign and probably win.

Deano1952 on February 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Probably not. IL-2 has brand new African-American Congresswoman Robin Kelly, bought and paid for by Bloomberg’s anti-gun money. She spent time in the State House and was chief of staff to former State Treasurer and Mob banker Alexi Giannoulias. Believe me, the local Dems are more than happy to toss Reynolds to the curb if that’s what it takes to keep IL-2 a safe Dem district. He tried running for his old seat after Jesse Jr. went to jail and barely managed 1% in the Dem primary. If he wants to try again, it’ll have to be somewhere else.

JimLennon on February 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Riiiiggghhhttt!

easyt65 on February 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Excellent

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

If Obama had a son, he would look like Mel Reynolds…

crowmangler on February 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Speaking of which … how old was Barky’s skank mom when she posed nude for that pervert, Frank marshall, in Hawaii?

Yeah … she was barely of age, but I bet this Mel Reynolds reminds barky quite a bit of Frank Marshall and the fun times they used to spend together …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

A Harvard graduate, Reynolds unseated U.S. Rep. Gus Savage in 1992, two years after a House ethics committee determined that during an official trip to Africa Savage had made improper sexual advances to a female Peace Corps volunteer.

But then Reynolds was convicted in his own sex case and sent to prison in 1995. Later, while still behind bars, he was convicted of fraud for concealing debts to obtain bank loans and diverting money intended for voter registration drives into his election campaign. In 2001, President Bill Clinton commuted the sentence for bank fraud and Reynolds served his remaining time in a halfway house.

Reynolds’s arrest comes a little more than 14 months after he tried to resurrect his political career, running for the congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned from office and pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds on personal items. Jackson is now serving a 2 1/2 year prison term.

So Reynolds won office in 1992 after the former officeholder was caught in a sex scandal, then was in prison within 3 years for his own, and Jesse Jackson Jr won, before he went to prison himself….

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

He’s pond scum and can only relate to Bill Clinton.

rplat on February 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I’m thinking its the 24 grand in hotel bills that has him in trouble. The videos and pics, not so much but it makes a good headline. Once the libs are able to spring him he will launch his Re-redemption campaign and probably win.

Deano1952 on February 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Deano,

I was thinking the same thing. Chances are Mugabe’s 18th. cousin, on the goat side of the family owns the hotel. But, you have use your prefixes more carefully:

Re-redemption = Tridemption

When dealing with a serial rapist like Slick Willie it’s called Polydemption. I know, ’cause I just made it up ;)

ZeusGoose on February 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Reynolds complained that he was not expecting such treatment when he had brought investors to the country, according to the newspaper. He said he had been to Zimbabwe 17 times and had called for U.S. sanctions to be dropped against President Robert Mugabe and his top associates.

Well, after all, if it’s good enough for the Clinton White House, surely it ought to be good enough for Zimbabwe? Right?

Right?

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Riiiiggghhhttt!

easyt65 on February 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Eliot Spitzer

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Wonder if Tamara Holder did him too??

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I think it would be easier to draw up a list of the lefties she hasn’t done!

ZeusGoose on February 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I don’t get the “story” here. This guy is no more or less depraved than at least a dozen current democrat members of Congress. Are we supposed to be shocked or something? This is the party that is about to put a rapist’s wife up for its presidential nomination — a rapist’s wife who planned and oversaw a vicious intimidation campaign against her husband’s sexual abuse victims. So, yeah, a kiddie porn fella in their ranks is just kinda…expected, de rigueur, if you will. One could say he’s merely fluffing his resume for a cabinet post in the Killery regime.

Rational Thought on February 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The guy is black, and a Democrat, from Chicago.

The Zimbabweans should release him immediately, so he can be Hillary’s VP choice.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Ahhhh-good old Mel Reynolds. The same Mel Reynold’s that replaced Gus Savage. During his tenure, I was lucky enough to live in the old Il 11.
IL 2 tends to attract dreck pols.
I’m sure that the lefty-clown girl, Robin Kelley,will be in a scandal soon enough.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Liberals & Porn…

workingclass artist on February 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Color me surprised.

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Color me surprised.

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Racist!

GWB on February 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Somehow, I blame intolerant Tea Party racism.

orangemtl on February 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

… before Bill Clinton commuted his sentence at the end of his presidency

Elect Hillary and you get him too.

hawkdriver on February 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Looks like a black Weiner. Pun intended

Wade on February 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I’m sure Holder and Obama will make this a top priority to get him freed.

Tater Salad on February 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Liberals & Porn…

workingclass artist on February 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I dunno WCA, a lot of libertarians commenting here on Hot Air seem to like to defend the stuff. Until you ask them what films their daughters have been in and where you can get a copy of it.

hawkdriver on February 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Once a creep, always a creep.

Patriot Vet on February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Not necessarily.

As Ed noted:

As I wrote at the time, redemption is always a possibility, but a position of public trust isn’t the measure of it, nor the required reward.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

More Democratic Party ‘War on Women’ ‘Crimes’…such complete disrespect for women…

For those who need a refresher on who is REALLY waging a ‘War on Women’, here is the long List from which Liberal Democrats run:

1. BILL CLINTON
o Kathleen Willey
o Juanita Broaddrick
o Elizabeth Ward Gracen
o Gennifer Flowers
o Paula Jones
o Monica Lewinski
** Democratic Party women, like Hillary, demean(ed) women after sex scandals revealed rather than hold the men / politicians responsible.

2. D-REP BOB FILNER:
o Charged w/Assault & Battery for shoving a female flight attendant

3. D-Senator Ted Kennedy
o Mary Jo Kopechne – Chappaquiddick
o Harrassing women while drunk, pants around his knees

4. D-SENATOR ANTHONY WEINER:
o Adultery
o Texting women pictures of his penis

5. D-SENATOR DANIEL INOUYE:
o Numerous sexual harassment accusations from women against him in the 90s

6. D-REP GUS SAVAGE
o accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa

7. D-SENATOR BROCK ADAMS
o Forced to stop campaigning after accusations of drugging, assaulting, and raping women

8. D-REP FRED RICHMOND
o Arrested for soliciting sex from a 16yo

9. D-REP JOHN YOUNG
o Increased salary of staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances

10. D-REP WAYNE HAYS
o Hired an unqualified staffer for sex – resigned when caught

11. D-REP MEL REYNOLDS
o Convicted of 12 counts of sex with a 16yo – Pardoned by Clinton before Clinton left office
o Arrested on Pornography charges in Zimbabwe (after losing his re-election)

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing: “Democratic Sex Scandals Are Different…”
Riiiiggghhhttt!

easyt65 on February 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Impressive, albeit partial, list.
The former SD mayor isn’t there. It would be quite an undertaking to annotate all sexually abusive libs.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

But but…. War on women and whatnot!

usejwat on February 18, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Impressive, albeit partial, list.
The former SD mayor isn’t there. It would be quite an undertaking to annotate all sexually abusive libs.

itsnotaboutme on February 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

See #2.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

“If it feels good, do it.”
If you have a (D) after your name, you won’t have to account for your sordid, peverted lifestyle.

maryo on February 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Did he “hit the jackpot”, or what?

aquaviva on February 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

The quote was “Did I win the Lotto?!”

Ted Torgerson on February 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

oops! perverted!

maryo on February 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Another fine CHICAGO DEMOCRAT

M240H on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Maybe some enterprising Internet guru could come up with
a set of Trading Cards to sell on line….they would be
called Demcorat Parasites, and have a deck consisting of
people like Anthony Weiner….Mel Reynolds…Eliot Spitzer.
..Bob Filner…Barney Frank…Bill Clinton…John Edwards..

On the back of the card would be their Stats…

ToddPA on February 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Post of the year candidate.

acyl72 on February 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Color me surprised.

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

You’re colored.

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Another fine CHICAGO DEMOCRAT

M240H on February 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Perfect candidate for Hillary’s VP

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

“If I had an ex-Congressman cousin, he would look like Mel Reynolds.”

- Barak Obama

Lance Corvette on February 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Leftist Hillary trolls to migrate over here in 3, 2, 1…

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

theotherone

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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