More hypocrisy from the religious right. These dirty men can't keep it in their pants and can't keep from legislating against what they most desperately desire; sex with anyone anywhere for any price. Just legalize this crap for Christ sake and stop being hypocrites!
A two-day prostitution sting in St. Paul netted 35 men, including a longtime Republican operator in Minnesota politics.
Peter Hong, 41, of Minneapolis, was one of 19 men picked up Wednesday afternoon after police say he responded to an ad for sex put out in newspapers and online by the St. Paul Police Department's vice squad.
He was booked into the Ramsey County Jail at about 5 p.m. the same day on suspicion of engaging in prostitution.
The Carleton grad was a campaign spokesman for Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2002 and congressional press secretary to Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn., for much of the 1990s. He also served as the Bush-Cheney Minnesota campaign spokesman in 2004. His most recent political stint was as presidential campaign spokesman for Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Hong is currently self-employed and "Always Searching for the Next Big Thing!" according to his profile on the business-networking Web site LinkedIn.
Sixteen more men were picked up Thursday. All 35 were arrested on suspicion of engaging in prostitution.
"That's like huge for us," said Peter Panos, police spokesman. "That's a great two day's work."
The department runs this type of sting once every six weeks, Panos said, and the arrests send out a message to potential johns:
"You want to do prostitution, look, go somewhere else, you're not going to do it in St. Paul," Panos said.
Several calls to phone numbers listed for Hong were not immediately returned today.Hansen, an attorney for Hong, said his client hasn't been charged with any crime yet. He didn't want to comment on the police arrest, other than saying, "It's just going to be something that's handled within the judicial system."
Hong isn't the first political player picked up in a St. Paul prostitution sting.
Timothy Droogsma, who ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota Senate in 1996 and the U.S. House in 1992, and had served as spokesman for Gov. Arne Carlson and U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, was arrested in August 2007 on suspicion of engaging in prostitution. He called the arrest "the result of a severe misunderstanding."
He pleaded guilty in January.
New Brighton City Council member David Phillips was one of nine men cited for engaging in prostitution during a sting in February. He is slated for a pretrial hearing Aug. 13.
GOP operative nabbed in prostitution sting - TwinCities.com