Amid allegations that he sexually assaulted another man, the chair of the Young Republicans National Federation and the Clark County, Indiana, GOP chair, Glenn Murphy, has stepped down from his position. He says it's all because he got this sweet contract, but, well, when he was just sworn in less than three weeks ago, it's kinda hard to believe that it doesn't have anything to do with the sexual assault that's being investigated, the investigation of which started this past weekend. Also, as JMG reports, Murphy's already been pulled from the YRNF website and Wikipedia entry and replaced, replaced so quickly that the new chair, Jessica, is still captioned as the "chairman". That seems like a really quick replacement for a completely non-scandalous resignation....
This all started when the police investigation got undisclosed and fellow Hoosier blogger Jen at Taking Down Words posted the report on her site. The report isn't for the feint of heart, but my summary and Murphy's defenses are all after the jump.
According to the police report, the victim and Murphy were at the victim's sister's house for a big young Republican bash. The two got totally wasted, and the sister told them to stay at her place and sleep it off in some bunk beds at her place. Well, the victim woke up to Murphy sucking him off while fondling him, asked him what he was doing, but he kept on going, and the victim pushed him away and left.
Over the next few days Murphy called the victim and asked him not to tell anyone. The victim met up with Murphy at his Utica, Indiana, home at Murphy's request where he smashed Murphy's cell phone in case any pics were taken, even though Murphy said none were. Then Murphy attorney, Larry Wilder, paid a visit to the Young Republican victim and his mother's house, not to quiet them down, of course, but to ask what he "wanted in order to resolve this situation."
Murphy's defense is consent. He's saying that the victim started this whole thing by fondling Murphy's hair (while the victim was asleep, of course), and that he started feeling up the victim's leg, and, well, one thing led to another that led to a blow job.
All of the above is from the police report. Take it for what you will, although there really isn't much motivation for the victim, a 22-year-old probably straight Republican trying to get into the YRNF's good graces to make this up and a whole lot of reason for Murphy to deny the whole thing.
Murphy's lawyer, Larry Wilder, the same guy the victim says tried to *cough* work out a deal *cough*, posted a comment over at TDW in Murphy's defense. Oh, it's a wild read. First, he uses the victim's name throughout (as in, See? You should have come to a "understanding" with us, because this whole thing isn't embarrassing enough). Also, the attorney pulls the "it was leaked and anyone talking about this now is bad" card as well as the "this whole thing is partisan" card. I'm guessing he realizes it's pretty much a lost cause at this point.
But here's an interesting line from the attorney's post:
2. Mr. Murphy contends that the events that took place that evening were as between two consenting adults.
So the events took place. Mr. Family Values, Mr. Young Republicans National Federation former chair, Mr. Head-of-an-Organization-that-Demonizes-Gays, Mr. Family Man isn't denying that the blow job took place. He just says that there was consent.
I'm thinking that the way that Wilder and Murphy have handled this one just screams "closeted prominent Republican acting like a closeted prominent Republican at the expense of a 22-year-old". But who knows, maybe Murphy just needs to find a new lawyer.
Update: OK, I just found this on Wonkette. Too true:
It is Mr. Murphy’s position, according to his lawyer, that “what occurred, occurred between two consenting adults,” one of whom just happened to be asleep at the time. This is at least a better defense than the other one he was considering, that he was terrified into preforming the blowjob because the sleeping victim was scary and black.
Oh, by the way, Glenn was charged with Sexual Battery for doing this exact same thing in 1998 (this victim’s girlfriend was in the same room!). So he was, of course, the natural choice to head the Young Republicans.
What's even funnier is going to be Republican responses to this whole thing. I'm guessing that "Clinton did the exact same thing" is going to be at the top of their list, along with "Democrats are just being homophobic", "This is all somehow the victim's fault", and "It's too soon to know what happened/It's too late to ever find the truth". I'll probably end up doing another post on that later.