Yet again we see that working as a K street lobbyist does not prepare one to run for office, particularly in a race where damage control is required.
In a hilarious news article today, Neil Livingstone, GOP candidate for Governor of Montana, clarified a previous statement that he was once a guest “on a yacht full of hookers in Monte Carlo.”
Speaking with the Associated Press, Livingstone said that yes, he was indeed a guest on a boat full of prostitutes; but, that his wife accompanied him on the boat. And just to clear things up, Livingstone noted that his wife “was the only non-hooker on the boat.” It should be noted that Livingstone and his wife have since parted ways.
The GOP gubernatorial primary in Montana is now looking to be a contest to see which candidate can produce the most bizarre episode from his past involving women. Livingstone is facing off against Rick Hill, a former Congressman who confessed to having had an affair with a cocktail waitress at a bar in Great Falls, a bar where the waitresses take turns putting on rubber mermaid tails and jumping into a giant tank behind the bar, from where they blow kisses to the patrons. And the Montana Press reported in 1996 that Hill’s wife once came to the bar and caught him in the act, canoodling with the waitress.
A boatload of hookers or a barload of mermaids. Family values will clearly be on the back burner for the Montana GOP this season.