Thursday, July 15, 2004

More Problems for Potential Obama Opponents

Looks like former Bush administration drugwarrior Andrea Grubb Barthwell has a, a-hem, Clarence Thomas problem:

An internal inquiry last year found a potential Republican candidate for the Senate seat from Illinois engaged in "lewd and abusive behavior" while she served as a top official in the White House drug policy office.

A March 19th, 2003, memo prepared by drug policy office staff says Andrea Grubb Barthwell made repeated comments about the sexual orientation of a staff member to staff and used a kaleidoscope to make sexually offensive gestures.

Barthwell says the memo overstates what happened. But she says she was wrong for participating in "inappropriate banter" at a staff birthday party.

Commenter Nina Katarina provides a few details:

"Dr. Barthwell suggested that the staff member would want to cut the cake available for the gathering because the knife was 'long and hard' and he might 'enjoy handling it.'" And "she said to the staff member, 'I know you like it big and meaty'."

Let's see: Jack Ryan, Mike Ditka, Ted Nugent, and now Dr. Barthwell...

Who wants to be next?