Thursday, May 20, 2004

Explicit blog by Sen. DeWine staffer shocks



By Carl Weiser
Enquirer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - An entry-level staffer in Sen. Mike DeWine's office here titillated Capitol Hill this month with an explicit Web log that detailed her performing sexual favors for money.

Calling herself "Washingtonienne" the staffer described, though only with initials:

• A married man who pays for sex.

• A person known as "threesome dude."

• An office boyfriend with whom she is engaged in an "office scandal."

A Web log, or blog, is a public Web page that often serves as a personal journal. The existence of the staffer's blog was first reported in another inside-the-Beltway blog.

"All I can tell you is someone brought it to our attention, and we're looking into it," said DeWine's communications director, Mike Dawson.

Asked if the unidentified employee had been fired, Dawson said, "Not yet."

DeWine spokeswoman Amanda Flaig said the staffer was not at work Wednesday. Flaig said she did not know whether the woman used a Senate computer to post her writings. DeWine has about 40 employees in Washington spread out over several offices.

"Most of my living expenses are thankfully subsidized by a few generous older gentlemen," Washingtonienne wrote Friday. "I'm sure I'm not the only one who makes money on the side this way: How can anybody live on $25K/year?"

E-mail cweiser@gannett.com




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