U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio) slammed President Bush’s nominee for U.N. Ambassador today, as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee began deliberation.
“This administration can do better than that,” Voinovich said in the first big battle of President Bush’s second term
Voinovich said he could not vote for the nomination, but would agree to send it to the floor without a recommendation of approval or disapproval.
Republicans hold a 10-8 advantage on the committee. Without Voinovich’s support, any vote to send the nomination to the floor would deadlock, and thus fail.
Voinovich called Bolton “the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be,” and accused him of being “arrogant” and “bullying.”
What he didn’t accuse Bolton of was being a “sexual pervert.” That accusation was left to somebody with expertise in subject, Hustler publisher and outspoken civil libertarian Larry Flynt. According to a press release on his website, Flynt alleges that Bolton’s first wife fled the couple’s home while he was traveling abroad in 1982, after being forced by her husband to engage in group sex. (She also took all the furniture.)
Corroborated allegations that Mr. Bolton’s first wife, Christina Bolton, was forced to engage in group sex have not been refuted by the State Department despite inquires posed by Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt concerning the allegations. Mr. Flynt has obtained information from numerous sources that Mr. Bolton participated in paid visits to Plato’s Retreat, the popular swingers club that operated in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
“The first Mrs. Bolton’s conduct raises the presumption that she fled out of fear for her safety or, at a minimum, it demonstrates that Mr. Bolton’s established inability to communicate or work respectfully with others extended to his intimate family relations,” said Mr. Flynt. “The court records alone provide sufficient basis for further investigation of nominee Bolton by the Senate.” Mr. Flynt continued, “The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations must be free of any potential source of disrepute or blackmail.”
Okay… perhaps Flynt isn’t the most unimpeachable source, but he has a long history of successfully defending himself against slander suits… and it is hard to argue with his reasoning that these charges deserve further investigation.
In an unusual — but expected — move, the Foreign Relations Committee has sent Bolton’s nomination to the Senate floor, but without an endorsement. The Committee’s vote was 10-8, along party lines.