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Rudd eyes Downer on strip club leak(Aussie Labor Leader pulls a Lewinsky)
The Australian ^ | 08/20/07 | Patricia Karvelas and Nicola Berkovic

Posted on 08/20/2007 6:16:27 AM PDT by AKSurprise

"KEVIN Rudd has apologised for visiting a New York strip club during a drunken night out while representing Australia at the UN, hinting that Foreign Minister Alexander Downer could be behind a political smear campaign.

Mr Rudd said he expected to take a hammering in the polls after embarrassing revelations yesterday of his behaviour in September 2003 while Opposition foreign affairs spokesman."

"Speaking in Sydney after launching a new parenting DVD, Mr Howard declined to answer questions on whether the story had been leaked from within his government.

"I've got something to say about Mr Rudd. I think his economic policies will be bad for unemployment, they'll be bad for the future of this country. As for that other issue referred to, I've got nothing to say about it. I don't intend to go there and I won't be making any comment on it,'' Mr Howard said."

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: australia; election; howard; kevinrudd; labour; rudd
"Mr Rudd was full of remorse yesterday, describing it as a foolish mistake, and claiming he had had too much to drink and could not remember much of his visit to the club.

He said neither he nor Mr Snowdon had a "completely clear recollection" of whether semi-naked women were in the club or what they were doing.

"We can't actually recall anything that you wouldn't see in most pubs across Australia," Mr Rudd told the Nine Network."

Hmmm.... Where have I heard the likes of that before?

"I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN, MISS LEWINSKY."

Could be the end of this labor leader, good news for the cause of freedom around the world, particular in Asia.

1 posted on 08/20/2007 6:16:28 AM PDT by AKSurprise
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He said neither he nor Mr Snowdon had a "completely clear recollection" of whether semi-naked women were in the club or what they were doing.

Scores?

It exists to showcase semi-naked women.

If Mr. Rudd paid them, they were most likely gyrating on the Labor Leader's lap.

2 posted on 08/20/2007 6:21:46 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG (Apparently my former party considers me an "ugly nativist".)
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Could be the end of this labor leader, good news for the cause of freedom around the world, particular in Asia.

Unfortunately, I doubt this will effect Rudd's chances of election - I think he will lose, but this doesn't make that any more likely.

His conduct in this case is not the most moral of conduct, of course, but even I, as a conservative, and somebody who opposes his politics, and would like to think the worst of him, can't really see this as a big deal. If he'd broken the law, or if he'd decided to lie once it became public - then things would be different.

3 posted on 08/20/2007 6:42:09 AM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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Oh, geez. I’m a Christian, and I take it seriously, but if we are going to immolate every guy that has a few too many and continues the night at a strip club we’ll set the world ablaze with our own hypocrisy. Same people jumping all over him tune in to a Halle Barry movie, or a George Clooney movie, and it’s not all for the plot.


4 posted on 08/20/2007 6:42:28 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is the conservative in the race.)
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“Close but no cigar...” ?


5 posted on 08/20/2007 6:57:23 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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He pulled a Lewinsky??? Holy pole dancing, Batman, what kind of club was that? Methinks you meant to say he pulled a Clinton. Or did the Aussie actually drop to his knees?


6 posted on 08/20/2007 7:07:22 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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“Mr Rudd said he expected to take a hammering in the polls...”

He should be used to it. Sounds as though he was already hammered at the club. Or was it at the poles?


7 posted on 08/20/2007 9:06:36 AM PDT by DPMD (dpmd)
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“He said neither he nor Mr Snowdon had a “completely clear recollection” of whether semi-naked women were in the club or what they were doing.”

What a frigging liar.


8 posted on 08/20/2007 9:25:55 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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Oh, geez. I’m a Christian, and I take it seriously, but if we are going to immolate every guy that has a few too many and continues the night at a strip club we’ll set the world ablaze with our own hypocrisy. Same people jumping all over him tune in to a Halle Barry movie, or a George Clooney movie, and it’s not all for the plot.”

Good point. Almost anyone who has been to enough bachelor parties has been at least once.


9 posted on 08/20/2007 9:27:08 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Greg F

It is a bit bigger deal than that. Normally this wouldn’t be newsworthy (who cares), except at the time he was on an official, taxpayer-funder trip as the Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs (that is, the Opposition Party’s equivalent of the Minister).

If the taxpayers funded it, and he’s representing Australia in an official capacity, going to a strip club isn’t really on. The “I was too drunk to remmeber” excuse doesn’t really cut it either.


10 posted on 08/20/2007 9:03:21 PM PDT by BFPRufus
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