Embattled State Sen. Paul Stanley (R-Germantown) has seen his political star implode since it was revealed that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with an intern in his office. The revelation came to light when the boyfriend of intern McKensie Morrison — Joel Watts — attempted to blackmail the senator.
Now, according to several sources, Stanley's affair with Morrison was not the first time the "family values" Republican had strayed from his public persona as a conservative lawmaker.
Sources have confirmed that Stanley has had a number of improper relationships with women connected to the state legislature.
They say the first relationship occurred in 2007 with a legislative secretary. The secretary, reportedly in her late 30s or early 40s, is no longer employed by the state General Assembly.
Those sources also say that they have direct knowledge that Stanley had an affair with two women lobbying Capitol Hill over the past two legislative sessions. NashvillePost.com is choosing not to publish the names of the women at this time out of respect for their families.
Another Capitol Hill source states that in 2003 that they witnessed Stanley “making out” with a legislative intern at the Beer Sellar on Second Avenue downtown during a party thrown by the interns celebrating the end of that year’s legislative session.
According to the source, Stanley “had his tongue down her throat and was groping her in front of the whole bar.”
Stanley’s fall from grace has been rapid. His resignation has been called for by the Shelby County Republican Party and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville and sources say now that it is just a matter of time.
Also, just days before news of the alleged blackmail scheme broke, Stanley was attending a legislative conference in Atlanta and sources say his behavior created controversy at the event.
On July 15, more than 2,000 conservative lawmakers from all over the country descended on Atlanta to attend the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting. The group is known as ALEC and describes itself as a “nonpartisan individual membership organization of state legislators which favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions.”
According to sources at the event, Stanley while was attending a dinner that was being paid for by lobbyists, he ordered three to five $150 bottles of wine and became intoxicated. (State law allows for groups of lobbyists to pay for the dinners of legislators while at such events.)
Individuals at the event state that Stanley was confronted about the bill by State Rep. Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) and told that he needed to pay for it himself as opposed to making the lobbyists pay for it. Stanley became belligerent and was asked to leave the restaurant.
Stanley eventually did leave, only to have a heated argument with Sargent just outside the door of the establishment.