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(113,475 posts)
Tue Oct 3, 2023, 09:30 PM Oct 2023

Longtime DUers May remember McHenry's Bush-era scandals

We went after him pretty hard here, he was a Karl Rove acolyte as I recall. He was more dangerous than he looked, especially when he was leading the Tea Party mob against Obama and healthcare.

Memory Lane:
Republican Patrick McHenry may redefine “totally and irreversibly fucked”. The North Carolina representative has found himself in the middle of both a voter fraud and a gay sex scandal. CBS first broke the story on Friday, reporting that McHenry’s former aide, 26-year old Michael Aaron Lay, has been indicted for voter fraud.

The indictment charges that [Lay] illegally cast his ballot in two 2004 Congressional primary run-offs in which McHenry was a candidate. The charges indicate that Lay voted in a district where it was not legal for him to vote.

At the time Lay was listed as a resident in a home owned by 32-year-old McHenry but campaign records indicate Lay’s paychecks were sent to an address in Tennessee. McHenry won the primary by only 86 votes. According to Gaston County, North Carolina District Attorney Locke Bell, Lay was indicted on Monday, May 7 by a local grand jury.

To add innuendo to injury, Lay wasn’t the only young man living at McHenry’s house, proving that no one goes down quite like a Republican.

The news hounds over at BlogActive report that McHenry shacked up with at least three other “aides”: Neil Everett Capano, Matthew Allen Hamilton and his campaign manager, Jason Jent Deans. All four men – Capano, Hamilton, Deans and the appropriately named Lay – used McHenry’s address on their voter registration. Meanwhile, Lay and Dean were both on McHenry’s payroll.


And the political consultant murder-suicide in Florida?


“Republicans for Family Values,” is targeting potential Supreme Court pick Elena Kagan, Republican Rep. David Dreier, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and North Carolina’s 10th District’s Rep. Patrick McHenry.


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Longtime DUers May remember McHenry's Bush-era scandals (Original Post) blm Oct 2023 OP
I had forgotten, so thanks a bunch for the refresher course Hekate Oct 2023 #1
Just because he is gay LiberaBlueDem Oct 2023 #2
Well... DET Oct 2023 #3
A GOP primary opponent was going to run on blm Oct 2023 #4
Figures DET Oct 2023 #5
Yep. He's a completely horrid person. blm Oct 2023 #6
KNR and bookmarking. For later. niyad Oct 2023 #7
You might enjoy this one... littlemissmartypants Oct 2023 #8
Thank you. Will be keeping all of these handy. niyad Oct 2023 #9
You're welcome, niyad. ❤️ littlemissmartypants Oct 2023 #10
Thanks. Spreading that link where I can. blm Oct 2023 #12
TY Cha Oct 2023 #11


(1,478 posts)
3. Well...
Tue Oct 3, 2023, 09:54 PM
Oct 2023

For what it’s worth, McHenry has a wife and three kids. Of course, the little weasel could swing both ways. Not that there’s anything wrong with that - unless you have a wife and three kids.


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4. A GOP primary opponent was going to run on
Tue Oct 3, 2023, 10:03 PM
Oct 2023

Outing McHenry. That didn’t last long.

McHenry has always been like a mob boss in his district. Like I said, longtime DUers will recall when McHenry was being scrutinized more closely and all these incidents pointed to what was called the ‘pink mafia’ in Gastonia at the time. McHenry surprised everyone when he quickly got married before his next campaign.


(1,478 posts)
5. Figures
Tue Oct 3, 2023, 10:37 PM
Oct 2023

Old Republican ploy. Im deeply opposed to outing anyone - unless they’re a hypocritical anti LGBTQ hate filled dick like McHenry.


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8. You might enjoy this one...
Tue Oct 3, 2023, 11:39 PM
Oct 2023

I would call it an exposé. Very well done. A long read though...

Getting Ahead in the GOP
Rep. Patrick McHenry and the art of defending the indefensible.

by Benjamin Wallace-Wells
October 1, 2005

McHenry’s first full-time job in Washington was with the conservative communications group DCI. It was quite a choice. If there is a center to Washington conservative dark arts, DCI is pretty much it. They were paid consultants, for instance, to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth last year, although they are most known for attacking fellow Republicans. DCI’s founder is Thomas Synhorst; his expertise lies in “astroturfing”–developing fake grassroots groups to front for conservative and corporate causes–and “push-polling,” a subtle technique that can impart damaging information about a rival candidate in the guise of a hypothetical question for a poll. Synhorst conducted, for instance, push-polls for Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996, in which Iowans were asked if they would be more or less likely to vote for Steve Forbes if they knew that the candidate had a “promiscuously homosexual father.”

This was McHenry’s political finishing school. The recent graduate started work at DCI’s New Media division in the fall of 1999; his main project was running a Web site, NotHillary.com, which peddled rumors that Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2000 in order to drum up conservative campaign contributions. Meanwhile, DCI was working for Karl Rove; Synhorst’s group helped defeat Sen. John McCain in South Carolina that year with a series of notorious push-polls that, among other things, called McCain “a liar, a cheat, and a fraud.” By June, with McCain no longer a factor and Bush breezing towards the nomination, McHenry used his connections to get an interview with Rove, who hired him to be the National Coalition Director for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

After the election, McHenry looked around for his next step. When a new administration sweeps into power, young partisans start looking for plum jobs–flipping through a book that is literally plum-colored to search for political appointee slots. The most coveted are jobs as “special assistants.” Such positions require no substantive experience but put a young person in the room with an agency’s principal decision-makers. They are also assignments that cannot be won without highly-placed contacts. So, when McHenry soon turned up as special assistant to the new Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, the wife of influential Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), it caught the attention of some powerful conservatives. “He had a reputation that preceded him,” Norquist told me. “I was hearing from friends that Patrick was a rising star long before I met him.”

There is a streak of impatience, urgency, get-aheadness that runs throughout McHenry’s young career; he habitually stays at jobs for six or eight months, long enough to add a line to his rsum, make the necessary contacts, and then move on. McHenry stayed with Chao for less than six months; his credential in hand, he returned to North Carolina and began scoping out a second run for the Statehouse. He used the same tactic–claiming he was the most conservative candidate in the race–and with a weak field of candidates, he won. He spent the first half of 2003 attacking the moderates who ran the Statehouse when, almost as if on schedule, the local congressional seat opened up. The incumbent Ballenger had been making increasingly odd public statements (among other things, he attributed the breakup of his 50-year marriage to the presence of an American-Islamic relations association next door to his house) and soon was coaxed into retirement. Congressional seats don’t come open too often in the one-party precincts of the South. Six months after he had taken his seat in Raleigh, McHenry announced that he was running for Congress.

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