Alex Blaze

Young Republican leader pleads guilty to rape

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 09, 2007 2:45 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Glenn Murphy, Michael Flory, Michigan, young Republicans

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

The former head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans admitted today that he sexually abused a colleague during a national convention here last summer.

Michael Flory, a 32-year-old attorney from Jackson, Mich., pleaded guilty to sexual battery on the day he was to stand trial for rape.

The teary-eyed college student he overpowered in a downtown hotel room gasped and dabbed her eyes as Flory replied to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter Corrigan's question, "Are you indeed guilty?"

"Sure - yeah," Flory said.

True to form, they tried to smear the victim here to silence her:

She and some supporters lamented when the incident became public last winter that Flory and his followers within the Republican organization had been smearing her reputation in retaliation for accusing Flory of rape. [County attorney Carol] Skutnik said she found that to be true.

"People were using every opportunity to try to trash her, on Web sites or whatever," the prosecutor said. "He's been running around telling everybody what a piece of trash she is, so she was very happy to see him plead guilty."

Just shameful.

Of course, I can't help but be reminded of the story of Glenn Murphy yesterday, the former Chair of the Young Republicans National Federation. What's the deal with sexual assault and heads of young Republican organizations?

On second thought, I probably don't want to know the answer.

(h/t Pam)

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