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10/ 5/06

5:10 PM

Spot Check 

GOP's New Policy of Sexual Openness

Okay, you've finished painting your FREE TOM REYNOLDS signs. You've made your picnic lunch. And you're ready for the nine-hour drive to Buffalo. But which route to take? If you cut through northeast Pennsylvania, you'll be passing through portions of the Tenth Congressional District, host to this election cycle's second most depressing scandal.

In 2004, a woman accused four-term Republican congressman Don Sherwood of strangling her in his D.C. apartment. Sherwood claimed he was giving her a back rub. Last year, the victim, 29-year-old Cynthia Ore, filed a $5.5 million lawsuit, claiming the 64-year-old Sherwood assaulted her numerous times during a five-year relationship. Sherwood admits the affair happened, but he's denied the assault took place. He released this soul-eating apology to his constituents on Wednesday, prior to a debate with his opponent.

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