Will Republicans Still Honor Alleged Sex Toy Schemer James O'Keefe?

September 29, 2010 12:01 pm ET — Chris Harris

James O'Keefe

As PoliticalCorrection.org noted in January, 31 House Republicans are listed as cosponsors of a resolution to "honor" controversial fake pimp James O'Keefe for his "work as [an] investigative journalist." Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), who introduced the resolution, even praised O'Keefe for "setting an example for concerned citizens across America."

O'Keefe, of course, is far from someone who should be honored by Congress.  On top of his long history of lying to get media attention, he is a criminal who pled guilty to posing as a telephone worker to gain entrance to Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) office under false pretenses.

Today, James O'Keefe's reputation took another well-deserved hit.  He was caught allegedly plotting "to embarrass a CNN correspondent by recording a meeting on hidden cameras aboard a floating 'palace of pleasure' and making sexually suggestive comments."

According to a detailed account written by CNN investigative reporter Abbie Boudreau, the victim of O'Keefe's strange and offensive plan:

James O'Keefe, the so-called "pimp" in the ACORN expose videos, was participating in a detailed plan to "faux" seduce me on his boat. For months, I had been working on a documentary about the young conservative movement. James had called me about concerns he had regarding an upcoming shoot. He asked me to meet him to talk about the shoot. I agreed to fly to Maryland and then drive to his "office" for a face-to-face conversation with him.

When I showed up, there was no office, as promised. Instead, he wanted to get me on a boat, which we later learned, was staged as a "pleasure palace." One of his colleagues, Izzy Santa, who was in Maryland that day, told me about the plan and stopped the punk before it happened.

Izzy told me he had "strawberries and champagne" waiting for me on the boat, and that he planned to "hit on me" the entire time. She said it would all be captured on hidden cameras that had been set up on the boat and in the back yard. She said the sole purpose of the "punk" was to embarrass me, and to make CNN look bad.

CNN obtained a 13-page "plan" for the incident that included detailed plans and equipment requirements, including: hidden camera, a condom jar, dildos, lube, a ceiling mirror, Viagra and "stamina pills," fuzzy handcuffs, and a blindfold.

The planning document also discussed what O'Keefe's reaction should be if the media uses the incident to paint him as a "creep" (which they will...because he is).

The following 31 House Republicans cosponsored Olson's measure, which declared that O'Keefe was "owed a debt of gratitude by the people of the United States":

Todd Akin [R-MO2]
Roscoe Bartlett [R-MD6]
Joe Barton [R-TX6]
Rob Bishop [R-UT1]
Jo Bonner [R-AL1]
John Boozman [R-AR3]
Paul Broun [R-GA10]
Henry Brown [R-SC1]
John Campbell [R-CA48]
John Carter [R-TX31]
Howard Coble [R-NC6]
Tom Cole [R-OK4]
Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
John Culberson [R-TX7]
Mary Fallin [R-OK5]
Trent Franks [R-AZ2]
Louis Gohmert [R-TX1]
Kay Granger [R-TX12]
Ralph Hall [R-TX4]
Jim Jordan [R-OH4]
Steve King [R-IA5]
John Kline [R-MN2]
Doug Lamborn [R-CO5]
Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO9]
Daniel Lungren [R-CA3]
Kenny Marchant [R-TX24]
Joseph Pitts [R-PA16]
Bill Posey [R-FL15]
Phil Roe [R-TN1]
Jean Schmidt [R-OH2]
John Shadegg [R-AZ3]

Read the full resolution HERE

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