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Alabama politician Bill Johnson caught in sperm donation scandal in New Zealand
Mobile Press-Register ^ | 12/11/11 | George Talbot

Posted on 12/12/2011 11:26:29 AM PST by notsofastmyfriend

Bill Johnson, a former top state official who made a failed bid for governor in 2010, has been living a secret life in New Zealand as a sperm donor for lesbian couples, a New Zealand newspaper reported today.

Johnson, a Republican from Prattville, has spent much of the past year in Christchurch, New Zealand, as a contractor working on the recovery effort from a deadly earthquake that struck the city in February.

The New Zealand Herald reported in its Sunday edition that Johnson, who is married, has been using an alias to meet women who want help getting pregnant. The newspaper said it confirmed at least nine women had received sperm donations from Johnson, and at least three were pregnant.

The newspaper cited fertility medicine specialists in New Zealand who said that donors should not make sperm available to more than four families, to prevent accidental incest and lessen the stress donors and children face if they meet.

Johnson, 52, was approached by a Herald reporter on Thursday at a restaurant in Christchurch, where he had just finished dining with one of the women he impregnated. He said he was unable to have children with his wife, Kathy, who remains in Prattville, and that the urge to become a biological father was “a need that I have.”

Johnson said his wife knew that he wanted to be a sperm donor but that he was not planning to tell her about the pregnancies until after the children were born. The couple was married in 2004.

“I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world,” Johnson told reporter David Fisher. “When I married her I knew we couldn’t have any more children. She had a hysterectomy 10 years ago. There is nothing my wife would want to give me more in the world than a child of my own.”

Johnson did not respond to an email and did not answer a call to his cell phone tonight. His wife, Kathy, declined to comment Sunday.

“This is a really, really difficult time for our family,” Kathy Johnson said in an email to the Press-Register. “I'm still in disbelief and very hurt, and our family has a lot of healing to do.”

Johnson, a graduate of Mobile’s Spring Hill College, was a former congressional staffer for Bob Riley who served as a Birmingham city councilman from 1997-2001. He went on to help lead Riley’s 2002 and 2006 campaigns for governor, and was appointed by Riley as director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, a position he held from 2003 to 2009.

Johnson finished fifth among a field of seven candidates for governor in the 2010 GOP primary, capturing less than 2 percent of the vote. He ran as a conservative Christian who opposed gay marriage - but also advocated for the legalization of gambling.

Kathy Johnson was featured prominently in the campaign, traveling with the candidate to speaking engagements and appearing with him in advertisements.

She is a former Mrs. Alabama, a former director of the Alabama Broadband Initiative, a former director of Children First Foundation and director of the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Following the campaign, Bill Johnson has been working as the New Zealand recovery manager for disaster recovery company Ceres NZ. The Herald newspaper said Johnson used the persona ''chchbill'' on online donor registries to meet women wishing to get pregnant.

The newspaper said it began its investigation after receiving an anonymous tip from a person who had been in contact with Johnson about helping to father a child. The newspaper said Johnson confirmed the accuracy of its reporting during its initial interview Thursday. A day later, the newspaper said, he asked to retract his comments and accused the paper of using illegal methods - including computer hacking - to obtain its information.

The Herald denied those allegations in a statement Sunday, saying it "did not and would not use information obtained from illegally intercepted communications."

Johnson said publication of the story would make it difficult for him to stay in New Zealand.

"I've been trying to get my wife over here, my family over here ... so I can be around for these children," Johnson said, according to the Herald.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: evilhusband; napl; spermdonor

1 posted on 12/12/2011 11:26:33 AM PST by notsofastmyfriend
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To: notsofastmyfriend
Alabama politician Bill Johnson caught in sperm donation scandal in New Zealand

More like Bill's Johnson caught in sperm donation scandal.

2 posted on 12/12/2011 11:28:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: notsofastmyfriend
... has been living a secret life in New Zealand as a sperm donor for lesbian couples...

Time 'fess up. Who amongst us hasn't engaged in this activity at least once in our lives?

3 posted on 12/12/2011 11:29:02 AM PST by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than politicians, professors and preachers.)
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To: notsofastmyfriend

OMG the man is certifiable.

He hates gay marriage and is helping lesbians get pregnant. So let me understand - he wants to maintain contact with these ‘biological’ children who were conceived in a petri dish or by turkey baster (that’s his story) so that he can do what???????????????? Turn them against their mothers?

His poor wife and poor children.


4 posted on 12/12/2011 11:33:32 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Gingrich - flying solo - without congressional baggage!!!)
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To: GSWarrior

What about Lesbian threesomes?


5 posted on 12/12/2011 11:33:38 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: notsofastmyfriend

Why is this news? I must be missing something.


6 posted on 12/12/2011 11:33:58 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dfwgator

7 posted on 12/12/2011 11:36:52 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: notsofastmyfriend
Can't wait to share this with two of my friends, both named Bill Johnson and not related to each other. One is a dentist and the other is a veterinarian. Bill Johnson has to be one of the most common names out there.
8 posted on 12/12/2011 11:37:47 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but I want a President who loves mine.)
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To: GSWarrior
Time 'fess up. Who amongst us hasn't engaged in this activity at least once in our lives?

yes, but most of us make the donation in person.

9 posted on 12/12/2011 11:37:53 AM PST by PGR88
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To: notsofastmyfriend

Why is this news?


10 posted on 12/12/2011 11:39:03 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: Graybeard58

11 posted on 12/12/2011 11:40:11 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: dfwgator

LOL! bttt


12 posted on 12/12/2011 11:43:20 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: SouthTexas
Why is this news?

I guess that would be a question for the Mobile Press-Register, which ran the story.

But as an Alabamian, I would have to say it's news because this guy is a fairly prominent politician who ran for Governor and ran as a conservative. Unfortunately, as is all too often the case, he has apparently not lived up to the example he claims to have set.

13 posted on 12/12/2011 11:45:53 AM PST by notsofastmyfriend (He is the life of parties he has never attended...)
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To: PGR88
"yes, but most of us make the donation in person.

So, in other words, you gave the United Way?

14 posted on 12/12/2011 11:51:01 AM PST by In Maryland ("Truth? We don't need no stinkin' truth!" - Official Motto of the Main Stream Media)
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To: notsofastmyfriend

Sounds like he has literally put his Johnson to work!


15 posted on 12/12/2011 11:53:30 AM PST by mmanager
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To: In Maryland
"yes, but most of us make the donation in person.

So, in other words, you gave the United Way?

Direct Deposit.

16 posted on 12/12/2011 11:57:30 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: notsofastmyfriend

That’s what I call a great “urge”!


17 posted on 12/12/2011 12:03:45 PM PST by golf lover (going)
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To: dfwgator

When they get his invoice its called a Johnson bill.


18 posted on 12/12/2011 12:05:32 PM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Notwithstanding
When they get his invoice its called a Johnson bill.

I would think this would be pro bono.

19 posted on 12/12/2011 12:07:56 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Slings and Arrows

in fifteen years there will be a whole bunch of confused lesbians in New Zealand trying to figure out why their kids put Dale Earnhart Jr. posters up in their rooms.


20 posted on 12/12/2011 12:10:44 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: notsofastmyfriend

Seems a bit much to go to the other side of the world to find a Republican that’s not acting quite right.


21 posted on 12/12/2011 12:16:13 PM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: driftdiver
Why is this news? I must be missing something.

MSM thinks this is super important because Johnson is (wait for it...) a Republican.

22 posted on 12/12/2011 12:16:33 PM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: notsofastmyfriend

And what is the crime?


23 posted on 12/12/2011 12:16:59 PM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: notsofastmyfriend


24 posted on 12/12/2011 12:24:21 PM PST by deport
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To: notsofastmyfriend

You can’t make this stuff up.


25 posted on 12/12/2011 12:26:44 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: TexasCajun
And what is the crime?

Nothing apparent. I don't even see a scandal here. There's clearly a family issue to work out, but I don't see why this is a news story.

26 posted on 12/12/2011 12:34:33 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: GSWarrior
Time 'fess up. Who amongst us hasn't engaged in this activity at least once in our lives?

Are you talking about just engaging in lesbian like activities?

27 posted on 12/12/2011 12:34:59 PM PST by Prokopton (.)
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To: notsofastmyfriend

Sounds like a great gig if one can pull it off.


28 posted on 12/12/2011 12:45:52 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: notsofastmyfriend

So the guy is a sperm donor? Big whoop. It certainly seems more natural than all the people who are capable of having their own children but adopt Third World babies. We have some of those in government, too.


29 posted on 12/12/2011 1:09:43 PM PST by Chiltepe
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To: Ramius
The article tries to tie his donations to a bunch of lesbians.

If he was answering specific ads by lesbians and he's promoting himself as a traditional family values guy, he might have an election problem but not a criminal problem.

30 posted on 12/12/2011 1:17:08 PM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: notsofastmyfriend
“I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world,” Johnson told reporter David Fisher. “When I married her I knew we couldn’t have any more children. She had a hysterectomy 10 years ago. There is nothing my wife would want to give me more in the world than a child of my own.” There is no other subject about which men can get more creative about rationalizing.
31 posted on 12/12/2011 1:19:32 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: driftdiver

Your answer as to why this is news is in the second sentence.

He is a Republican.

It only took two sentences to say that. Were he a Democrat it would have never been a news story


32 posted on 12/12/2011 1:31:33 PM PST by Venturer
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33 posted on 12/12/2011 1:35:05 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Not your fault, but this is a thread for Mr. Arrows.


34 posted on 12/12/2011 2:01:21 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: notsofastmyfriend

It appears that he likes Madame Palm and her five daughters over the real deal. Oh well.


35 posted on 12/12/2011 2:06:07 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: notsofastmyfriend

“republican” made it late....2nd sentence.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 2:22:45 PM PST by stylin19a (obama - "FREDO" smart)
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To: Venturer; All
Were he a Democrat it would have never been a news story.
37 posted on 12/12/2011 4:08:00 PM PST by LucyT (We lived in the Best Place, in the best of Times, in all of Human History.)
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To: stylin19a

After reading this i’m surprised it wasn’t put in the title.
Maybe it’s the media’s attempt to make it look like it’s not biased by putting it in the second sentence ;)


38 posted on 12/12/2011 5:32:54 PM PST by Trillian
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