Anti-gay Republican Senate candidate faces trial for abusing a boy
THERE was never a chance that the Republicans would snatch Delaware from Democratic Party control, but they had high hopes for their State Senate candidate Eric R Bodenweiser, a rabid anti-gay activist and member of the Delaware Family Policy Council.
Then things went horribly wrong. With ballots with Bodenweiser’s name already printed, the Republicans had to find a new candidate after Bodenweiser, 53, was arrested and charged with 113 counts of sexually abusing a young boy more than 20 years ago.
The rising star in conservative politics was indicted by a grand jury and is now on $250,000 secured bail.
The indictment alleges Bodenweiser repeatedly had sex with a boy between October 1987 and August 1990 in Sussex County, starting when the boy was 10 and ending when he was 13.
Bodenweiser defeated incumbent Republican Senator Joe Booth in the September primary to become the GOP nominee for the 19th Senate District on the strength of social conservative support, and quickly got a heartfelt endorsement from former US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.
O’Donnell called him:
A great man that deserves our support and that we need to send to Dover. Eric has the kind of character that will stand up against corruption, that will do what is right in the face of opposition, in the face of pressure.
The 39-page indictment charging Bodenweiser with 39 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and 74 counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact, provides little details, beyond a paragraph for each count stating that the incident occurred between October 1, 1987, and August 31, 1990.
At that time, Bodenweiser was working in the family business, operating Bodie’s Dairy Markets, a chain of convenience stories and laundromats based in Georgetown and with locations throughout Sussex County.
During his arraignment, Bodenweiser requested a jury trial. He is scheduled to appear in Sussex County Superior Court for a hearing on November 19.
Incidentally, Obama won Delaware with about 59 percent of the vote. Delaware, which has three electoral votes, is among the top 10 most Democratic states, according to polling done by Gallup earlier this year.
Incumbent Democrat Senator Thomas R Carper cruised to re-election for a third term. defeating three challengers: Bodenweiser ‘s replacement, Republican Kevin Wade, independent Alexander Pires and Green Party contender Andrew Richard Groff. Carper won 66 percent of the vote, compared to 29 percent for Wade.
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However, according to a glum Christian News:
Much has been made of Baldwin’s win Tuesday, which makes her the first lesbian to serve the Senate in Washington. Pro-homosexual groups are applauding her victory as an achievement for the homosexual agenda.
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