The California-Assemblyman Sex Scandal Has Brought Us to a New Low

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It would be extremely naïve to say that there weren't sexual indiscretions going on in all level of politics, in all regions of the country. The funny thing about most of these is that frequently, everyone around the politicians knows they are going on. Everyone knew Mark Foley was gay and liked to hang out with young congressional staffers. Even the Trenton press corps knew Jim McGreevey was sleeping with the limo driver. And the entire White House staffs of JFK and Bill Clinton probably knew they could not be left alone with pretty women. The list goes on and on. The "scandal" part comes when everyone else finds out. That's the fun bit — and the juicier the details, the better. We remember well the titillation and horror with which we read the FBI report on the Emperors Club sting and learned that Eliot Spitzer preferred to keep his black socks on during sex and liked "to do things that you might not think were safe." And the cigar and the blue dress? It was like a riveting global fertility nightmare. But the political sex scandal that's buzzing around the Internet today, and the way it was unleashed, is just gross.

California assemblyman Michael Duvall is having affairs with not one, but two state lobbyists. Everyone knew about it because he liked to brag about it. Eventually, he was caught on tape (as you can see in this video) boasting about his sexual conquests to a fellow assemblyman. The conversation was picked up by the feed from his live mike and obtained by local television station KCAL9. Witness:

The portions they've edited out are gross:

"She wears little eye-patch underwear. So, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And, so, we had made love Wednesday — a lot! And so she'll, she's all, 'I am going up and down the stairs, and you're dripping out of me!' So messy!"

That is hideous. And there's this:

"So, I am getting into spanking her. Yeah, I like it. I like spanking her. She goes, 'I know you like spanking me.' I said, 'Yeah! Because you're such a bad girl!'"

Apparently, the woman in question is nearly two decades younger and quite pretty. You can't really tell from the video clip, but Duvall, on the other hand, is not particularly a handsome man. He kind of looks like Bruce Davidson from X-Men, halfway through turning into a fish. So this revelation isn't akin to hearing that, say, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett like to spank one another. But his poor colleagues are, according to reports, constantly subjected to this sex talk.

Do we even need to add that he's married? And that he's a vocally conservative family-values defender? Or did you just assume that already?

GOP Lawmaker's Graphic Sex-Bragging Caught On Tape [TPMuckraker/TPM]
Updated: Duvall just resigned! [LAT]