Your morning jolt: Glenn Richardson and Paulding County’s sense of irony

Updated at 1:50 p.m. with statement from Paulding County candidate Daniel Stout:

Voters in Paulding County today could choose a replacement lawmaker for Glenn Richardson, the former House speaker – who resigned his district seat earlier this year after his ex-wife confirmed that he’d had an affair with a lobbyist.

Tom Crawford of Capitol Impact notes that something must be in the water:

Ironically, the issue of extra-marital [involvement] has also been raised in the special election where three candidates are competing to win Richardson’s old House seat.

Daniel Stout, a 29-year-old banker from Dallas, has been compelled to address a personal incident from 10 years ago: he had an affair with his first wife’s mother while his first wife was pregnant with their daughter. Stout and his first wife subsequently divorced.

Stout confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with Crawford.

“It’s not something that’s a beautiful thing with me,” he said. “I hurt some people.”

Also on today’s ballot are Ronny Sibley, 52, of Hiram, and Jody Cash, 42.

This afternoon, Stout sent the following e-mail on the topic:

Kelly and I wanted to respond together to a question about a painful past event that someone has recently raised during this election.

Ten years ago I committed adultery that led to a divorce from my first wife. While the relationship was stopped short of “sex”, I recognize my mistake as adulterous and unfaithful nonetheless. I own the reality of the pain I caused to my first wife, my daughter and others. This humbling experience changed my life dramatically.

I have asked for and received forgiveness from my first wife, my daughter, my family, my friends, my church, my community and, most importantly, God.

I met my current wife, Kelly, four years later. We were completely open with one another, and we discussed all this as soon as we began dating. We got married in 2005, and God’s loving forgiveness for us has been a constant theme of our relationship. The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful marriage, and through God’s strength we remain faithful to one another.

Of course, we knew when I announced for the House seat that belongs to the people of Paulding County that this and all matters of our lives would be open to the public. We believe in total transparency, even in matters of past sins anyone would rather forget.

We will always be open with our lives, and we invite you to call us at our home if you would like to talk to either of us: 770-655-7750.

Sincerely,

Daniel and Kelly Stout

Sometimes you just need a mulligan. This from the Augusta Chronicle:

State Sen. Hardie Davis has introduced a bill that would transfer the 17-acre riverfront property controlled by the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, as well as the six bronze golfer statues locked up in a maintenance building there, to the city government….

The state currently has $2.8 million in bonded indebtedness tied up in the property, which won’t be paid off for another six years, something the bill doesn’t address. If it passes in its current form, the state would continue making payments on the debt while the city took over the property.

Today’s Marietta Daily Journal has a two-paragraph statement from state Sen. John Wiles (R-Kennesaw), defending his actions last December after cops put a halt to a teen drinking party at the home of a law partner:

“I was not present when the alleged underaged drinking took place; I was called there after the fact. I did not attempt in any way to use my position as a state legislator to influence the police at the scene. I was there as a father picking up his son, and as an attorney who had a co-worker facing a difficult situation.

“I did not identify myself as a state senator; another adult did that. I also did not request any special treatment for my son, who was treated the same as every other child there. At the request of the police, I stayed to help contact parents of the other youths involved, and helped make sure that they all got home safely,” Wiles stated.

“As any parent or friend will understand, the circumstances of that evening placed me in a difficult situation. During my brief appearance at the house to pick up my son, I did my best to fulfill my obligations as a parent, friend, and attorney. This was an unfortunate situation, but I am confident that anyone – particularly those who are parents – will understand and appreciate the way I conducted myself that evening,” Wiles stated.

Wiles’ son was not among those charged.

In the last quarterly issue of Foreign Policy – I’ll give you a second to thumb through your own copy — the author Walter Russell Mead issued this warning about President Barack Obama:

[T]he conflicting impulses influencing how this young leader thinks about the world threaten to tear his presidency apart — and, in the worst scenario, turn him into a new Jimmy Carter.

The comparison upset the fellow who operates that presidential library near Manual’s Tavern. Jimmy Carter penned a 1,500-word reply that appears in this quarter’s issue of Foreign Policy. The response includes this:

I resent Mead’s use of such phrases as “in the worst scenario, turn him [Obama] into a new Jimmy Carter,” “weakness and indecision,” and “incoherence and reversals” to describe my service.

An especially aggravating error is his claiming, “by the end of his tenure he was supporting the resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, increasing the defense budget, and laying the groundwork for an expanded U.S. presence in the Middle East.” None of these were late decisions based on a tardy realization of my earlier errors and misjudgments.

Except for obviously unpredictable developments like the fall of the shah, Iraq’s invasion of Iran, and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, all the actions described below were planned and announced even before I took the oath of office. These included energetic moves regarding China, the Middle East, Panama, nuclear arms control, defense budgets, Rhodesia, and human rights.

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183 comments Add your comment

Lucas

February 23rd, 2010
9:28 am

That Stout tidbit is some trashy stuff. Yeesh.

Churchill's MOM

February 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

“he had an affair with his first wife’s mother while his first wife was pregnant with their daughter.” This Man is head & shoulders ahead of the men running for Governor.

Athens local

February 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

So Stout is 29, but slept with his former mother-in-law at 19? You think a storyline like this would crop up on an MTV show or something?

Can't touch that

February 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

Just don’t tell us that Stout married his Mother in Law. Talk about messing up your kids. It would be a short drive to Grand Mama’s house.

Yeah right. The good Attorney/Senator – Senator/Attorney was not there to try and influence anyone, especially the police. I’ll bet he didn’t really tell the kids not to answer any questions from the police either. Kinda late for the kids to be out playing too.

I think it is unfair to compare Prez Obama to President Carter. Prez Obama will never reach the loafty level that President Carter did and continues to do with his service to mankind.

Ostrich Racer

February 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

Or maybe, “Dear Georgia Trend: I never thought I would be writing to your magazine, but years ago I had an experience I just have to share with your readers….D.S., Dallas”

Candor

February 23rd, 2010
9:59 am

re Stout, and you wonder why the government is in such a sad state. I guess this also sheds light on the banking issues today; no morality in either government or banking

Ron

February 23rd, 2010
10:07 am

the stout dude is still creepy. trust me.

Ron

February 23rd, 2010
10:07 am

Enter your comments here

Ron Jeremy

February 23rd, 2010
10:07 am

This Stout guy is making me *blush*

Used to be Disgusted

February 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

I don’t know which is worse: republican stupidity or stupid republicans.

How low can you go?

February 23rd, 2010
10:31 am

And republicans think other nationalities and races are out there. This dude slept with his wife’s mom, while she was pregnant. Thats worse than what Mike Vick did in my book.

tony

February 23rd, 2010
10:35 am

You are so right “Used to be Disgusted!” Our “family values” Republican brethren are a bunch of hypocrites. Many of them are adulterers, cheaters, crooks, bigots, and racists, yet our good ole Georgia electorate keeps putting them back in office. How stupid is that?

PIXIE DUST

February 23rd, 2010
10:40 am

Re: Stout I was born & raised in Paulding County, and this really brings shame to where I grew up. How low down can you be????

RetiredSoldier

February 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

Tony-

The difference between republicans and democrats is this: Rep do immoral things and know they are wrong. Dem do immoral things and think it’s ok. Which is better?

Joe

February 23rd, 2010
10:51 am

Good grief, Paulding Co government could be on the Jerry Springer show.

I am no math major, but if the kid is 29 and the incident happened 10 years ago, he was 19? Wow, I guess he got an education from the Tech school?

What the hell is this country coming to?

JRP

February 23rd, 2010
10:52 am

@Can’t touch that..I have an uncle (pased away now) that married a woman, she had a daughter that was 6 months old at the time..He raised this girl as his own daughter, then when she was old enough, he divorced the Mom, married the daughter and had children with her..The Mother came to live with them and they lived happily ever after..

Christopher

February 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

The comments concerning Daniel Stout began under my article here:

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-38352-Paulding-County-Republican-Examiner~y2010m2d12-Georgia-House-District-19-Republican-event

The unfortunate problem is that not all of the comments are appearing as there is an issue with that application within Examiner. Examiner is aware of this issue. However, I do have them in my login queue in which Mr. Stout and his present wife spoke about the allegations.

Charlie Rangel

February 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

Stout still has a ways to go compared to the likes of those democratic stalwarts Bill Clinton, John Edwards, and Elliot Spitzer. Well, clearly this is just too much for you moralistic dumocrats!

Jackson

February 23rd, 2010
11:05 am

One should consider that a second person was also involved. A woman old enough to know better. A woman that decided sex with a 19 yr old was worth the emotional damage she inflicted on her daughter/grandchild. While the 19 yr old is responsible for his own actions, it isn’t fair not to hold the other participant in the affair just as accountable. The woman wasn’t brain dead. Morally dead, certainly, but she made decisions that impacted many lives even ten years down the road.

Disavantaged Insider

February 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

I would be very much interested in Stout’s stance on homosexual marriage. If he’s against it (and no doubt he is) I sure hope it’s not for that old chestnut that same-sex marriage will destroy the institution of marriage…on second thought, I kind of hope that it is!

And Jimmy can resent Meade all he wants, but that won’t change the fact that Meade is absolutely correct about the Carter presidency. And to think I voted for that man!

Adrian

February 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

to Charlie Rangel: You should know by now that Jim Galloway has never met a Republican that he could abide. I only wish he would take the 7.3 years to study all the articles he has written or may have written that mentions the shenanigans of Demoncrats in the State Legislature. Naw, only Republicans – not the tax cheats or other womanizers, only Republicans; not the crooks, idiots, etc., naw, only Republicans. Guess that is a requirement before you write (write?) for the Al Jezzera Chronicle. He, cynthia, Jay and the rest are bed-wetting fellows!!

tony

February 23rd, 2010
11:09 am

Well, Retired Soldier, if Reps KNOW they are wrong, and they do them anyway, that’s the height of hypocisy. You just made my case.

songbird

February 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

Retiredsholdier – Republicans do immoral things while standing around talking about how moral they are compared to Democrats. Republicans are hypocrites, which, in my book, is worse.

fishtales

February 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

Mrs. Robinson you’re trying to seduce me! Aren’t you?

Disavantaged Insider

February 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

@Jackson — she’s not running for office, at least as far as we know. I understand youthful indiscretion, but if his oath to his wife on his wedding day didn’t mean enough then, how can we assume that the one he takes to uphold the Constitution will be a guiding principal for him? I for one will not vote for anyone who cheats on his or her spouse. Divorce first — dissolve the contract and make null the oath — then fool around all you want. But not while you are married.

HAHAHA

February 23rd, 2010
11:13 am

But Stout is a STRONG CONSERVATIVE! Hahahahahahaha. It isn’t like this happened years and years ago…the guy is 29. What a joke. Only Paulding County…

Disavantaged Insider

February 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

I would, however, make an exception for Mike Bowers.

songbird

February 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

What’s really gross about this is he had an affair with his wife’s mother while she was pregnant. I think this is much worse than anything Clinton or Edwards did.

phillyboy

February 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

Obama is much worse than Carter. At least Carter was honest. Obama is a liar and a socialist.

Disavantaged Insider

February 23rd, 2010
11:15 am

If only it WAS Paulding County! This crap is everywhere!

Good ole boy

February 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

If you people had looked a little further, you’d see that Daniel Stout feller is from Alabama. Lots of folks in Alabama is married to ther maw in law.

Cammi317

February 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

“Daniel Stout, a 29-year-old banker from Dallas, has been compelled to address a personal incident from 10 years ago: he had an affair with his first wife’s mother while his first wife was pregnant with their daughter.”

Wow….Georgia is starting to look and sound a whole lot like West Virginia!

adam lee

February 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

I’ve known a lawyer in the same ‘predicament’. His underage son was drinking with friends at a party. He arrived in time to talk the police out of pressing charges. This is part what makes our country suck. Thanks a lot.

songbird

February 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

And the mother-in-law is a piece of garbage too. This is also why 19 year olds should never be married. They are too immature to be married.

How low can you go?

February 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

Phillyboy- Define socialist, and don’t use the wiki version either.

matchtuff

February 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

Wait is this TMZ? Stout needs to withdraw from the race period. The fact that this got out is a hot mess. He was young for sure and I’m glad to see his wife divorced him. I don’t know what type of relationship she can now have with her mother. Talk about trust issues. He is not someone who needs to be in any office but the counselors office!

John K

February 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

I bet you anything Stout is all for defending marriage from the gay scourge!!!!

Deliverence

February 23rd, 2010
11:29 am

Paulding county, nuff’ said….

RGB

February 23rd, 2010
11:33 am

“I don’t know which is worse: republican stupidity or stupid republicans.”

Two Words: Barney Frank

Ewww

February 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

This is gross!!!!!!!!!

DK

February 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

Daniel – Sex with your MILF Mother-in-law while your wife was pregnant. YOU DA MAN!!!!

Michelle

February 23rd, 2010
11:37 am

Gosh JIm.I really rely on you to tell me about all the bad, bad republicans. We know you will shoot straight iwth us…only tell us the truth and all of the truth at that. We know that there is not really anything to tell about the democrats anyway. It’s why we have come to trust the AJC as a fair and reliable source of news. It’s why your circulation is exploding.
We buy that crap about like we buy the defense of President “weenie” Carter.

the Squad

February 23rd, 2010
11:37 am

ha ha ha ha….. Next jerry Springer show freak

Joe

February 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

Can we all just ignore the pary biases for a second and really look into why this piece of white trash thinks he should be in government?

Does everyone not see the fundamental issues with some trailer trash with a tech-school diploma thinking he has the goods to make decisions for people?

My word, what is going on? Can we just start all over again?

R U KIDDING ME?

February 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

That’s low. And he is a staunch conservative you say? WOW.
Forget it buddy. You shouldn’t be able to run for Dog Catcher in your county.
And all these people who are looking at this like this is normal behavior:

The man was married and his wife is pregnant – what would possess him to have sex with his wifes mother? OMG — I don’t care if he was young — what kind of VALUES does he have? What kind of family does he come from? Some things are just no-no’s, Adultry – is a no-no, Adultry and it’s with my MAMA —- R U Kidding ME?

This is like another famous Republican – whose 15 year old daughter was pregnant in the house at the same time she was. — ummmm. I’m just saying… WHAT ARE PARENTS TEACHING KIDS THESE DAYS?

ohhhh I’m sorry — maybe the word PARENT is the issue – too busy trying to be kids – “friends”.

The more I think about this – it’s DISGUSTING — slept with his WIFE’S- MAMA and now he is running for office. Yuuuuk!

Joe

February 23rd, 2010
11:40 am

Hey Michelle, these local elections have nothing to do with Party allegiances. 15 years ago all of them would have been registered as Democrats because that is what their Daddy was. They are the exact same people, with the exact same ideas, they just changed the name on the front of their shirt to get the registered electorate’s vote.

Olivia

February 23rd, 2010
11:40 am

The difference between Repubs and Demos is not the nature of the inmorality. Today we see a Repub candidate who slept with his mother-in-law while his wife was pregnant and tomorrow we may well see a similar fall in a demo candidate. The difference is that while covered Repubs claim a higher moral ground yet they cheat with equal of higher frequency than Demos do. Both know it is inmoral and yet they do it. It is the combo of moralistic hypocresy and being promiscuos/cheaters seen in Repubs that creates a stronger repulsion form the society and consequently the “family oriented” republicans appear morally empty.

Joe

February 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

There is no difference between Republicans and democrats. They are all power mongers who seek to make profit from a business called politics, and party allegiance is simply a way to get their foot in the door. The majority of them don’t believe a word they say, so whatever their party is supposed to stand for is irrellevant.

John K

February 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

I agree with Olivia. They’re both scum, but the GOP and others on the right are more than happy to carry the high morality torch, which makes their falls all the more enjoyable to watch.

CC

February 23rd, 2010
11:52 am

FYI…Daniel has commented much more on this issue than is being presented here, therefore, you are only getting a small view and judging based on a tidbit of information.