State Representative Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter didn’t bother to show up for the Legislative District 10 Citizens Clean Elections debate earlier this week, presumably because he did not want his constituents to ask about his defense of his “Southern heritage” of slavery, secession and segregation. “White power!”
At least his treasonous rebel relatives had the courage to show up and take their beating from Union soldiers back in the day. Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter is a coward who dishonored his rebel relatives by making other plans to avoid the debate. His dead relatives are ashamed.
But it turns out that there may be another reason why this coward did not want to show up and be asked questions by his constituents. The Arizona Daily Star reports today, Hackers: Rep. Todd Clodfelter had account on website that caters to extramarital affairs:
Less than two weeks before early ballots hit mailboxes, an anonymous website has revealed that Republican state Rep. Todd Clodfelter has had a profile on a website geared at internet users seeking extramarital affairs.
Clodfelter, a representative from Tucson who was first elected in 2016, is owning up to creating the profile at AshleyMadison.com, saying he’s made some mistakes that he’s working through with his family.
Further, the lawmaker says, his personal sex life is nobody’s business and has nothing to do with his position as a state lawmaker.
Wow. Is this guy clueless, or what? Has he not been watching the Judge Kavanaugh hearings this week?
“I do have a personal life, I have made mistakes in the past, no doubt. My wife and I have been married for 41 years now, and we’ve had our bumps and bruises, but we’ve been working it out and we’re still together, and I do have a family,” he said.
The anonymous site shows that Clodfelter created the profile in 2010, during his first run for the state Legislature. He last updated the site in January 2015, before he was elected to office. The Arizona Daily Star was able to verify much of what the website claims.
Clodfelter’s AshleyMadison.com profile states that he is a “happily married man, but many of my needs are not being met. I need some fun on the side.”
Clodfelter said he created a profile and occasionally messaged with people on the site, but never had an affair with anyone he met there. He since told his wife and the two have gone through marriage counseling to deal with it.
The anonymous site notes that Clodfelter has voted for a resolution stating that “obscenity, pornography, human trafficking and sex trafficking are detrimental to the health, safety and well-being of minors,” that he has voted to require women to state why they are seeking an abortion and has voted against legislation banning people under the age of 16 from getting married.
“How can he vote on measures to denounce pornography, to regulate child marriage, and to shame women who have extramarital affairs when he solicits sex and other sex acts on the internet from unknown persons in violation of his pledges and vows?” the site states.
By way of contrast and comparison, Martha McSally is currently running an attack ad against Kyrsten Sinema for having accepted political donations from Michael Lacey and James Larkin, founders of Backpage.com and former Phoenix New Times executives, which she donated to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence when she discovered the source of the donation. U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema finds new home for Backpage.com owners’ money. Backpage.com was subsequently seized and shut down for sex trafficking. Sex ads website Backpage shut down by U.S. authorities.
Here we have a state representative with a profile on a website who was actually trafficking for sex, but “his personal sex life is nobody’s business.” Yeah, I don’t think so.
Clodfelter has billed himself as a family man in his campaign website, which states, “My greatest pride is my family. I have been married to Karla my high school sweetheart for over 37 years; we have three children (all graduates of the TUSD public school system) and two grandchildren.”
He said his indiscretion doesn’t change the fact that he loves his family and is sorry for the pain he caused his wife and children.
He said he didn’t know who set up the anonymous website, but that it’s clearly a political tactic to shame him. But he said he’s not stepping down or suspending his campaign.
“If this is the only issue they can hang me with, then they’re not looking at policy. They’re just looking for something to shame me and embarrass me and make me step back. But I’m not much of a step-backer,” he said.
It’s not the only issue. That Confederate flag scandal from earlier this year is going to follow him to the grave.
I am not sure how much Republican voters really care that Clodfelter is a racist who was looking for extramarital affairs on a sex website. After all, they love Donald Trump who is a white nationalist racist who has had multiple extramarital affairs. Republicans don’t exactly have a high moral standard. But Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter is not the Teflon Don.
There are two exceptional Democratic candidates for the House in LD 10, incumbent Rep. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia. Cast your votes for the Democrats and send this awful Todd “Confederate” Clodfelter packing.