The big news of the day was President Obama's address to Congress. But we cannot forget the schadenfreudelicious scandal that got the day off to a roaring start. As you'll remember, California state Rep. Michael Duvall (R-Yorba Linda), a married champion of family values and traditional marriage, was picked up on a live mic at a committee hearing graphically boasting of his sexual encounters
with not one but two mistresses (one of whom is a lobbyist with business before his committee).
After first insisting that he thought he was having a "private conversation
", which one imagines is true, Duvall resigned
his office shortly after noon California time.
Now there are a few more details. First, a California group has called on the state legislature to investigate Duvall
, until today the vice chair of the Committee and Utilities and Commerce
, for possibly selling votes for sex. Next, the energy lobbyist Duvall bragged about sleeping with, Heidi DeJong Barsuglia, has categorically denied to her employer that she ever had a sexual relationship
of any kind with Duvall. And her employer, Sempra Energy
, has released a statement to that effect.