Rick Santorum Is The 'Jesus' Candidate? How About The 'Lobbyists' Candidate? Or The 'Crook' Candidate?

Santorum's Sleazy Side Is Just Below The Surface!

To hear Rick Santorum tell it, he is the 'Jesus' candidate. Poor Jesus! Santorum must be hoping that his actions while in the U.S. Senate will go unnoticed; that voters won't find out or won't care that when he was a Senator, he played a key role in The 'K' Street Project, where he was the point man in 'pay to play' politics that ended up with the imprisonment of Jack Abramoff. As a part of the K Street scheme, Rick Santorum was, by almost all accounts, the Senate liason who met with lobbyists every week and scheduled access to his Senate colleagues in the 'pay to play' scandal. A lesser known fact is that Santorum used those same lobbyists to his financial advantage, taking 'contributions' in exchange for promoting and sponsoring legislation favorable to their corporate interests. Maybe Santorum, ever Jesus-like, thought the 'contributions' were a modern method of tithing.

In 2006, the Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Santorum one of the most corrupt members of Congress. Why? Because they don't like Jesus? Not quite! CREW had valid reasons in 2006, and those reasons should be made common knowledge for anyone who might think of voting for the defender of Family Values in a Republican primary.

What The CREW Report Says About Rick 'Jesus' Santorum!

The report on Santorum's indiscrections is thorough, and if Santorum had won his bid for re-election (Why wouldn't anyone want to vote for Jesus?), he might have ended up as a cell mate for Tom Delay or even Randy 'Duke' Cunningham!

  1. Santorum, while living with his family for eleven months of the year in Virginia, told Pennsylvania school officials that the family was residing in Pennsylvania. Because the good taxpayers of Pennsylvania believed Santorum's false statements, they paid an estimated $70,000.00 to educate Santorum's children in an online charter school. Didn't Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar recently get convicted and sent to jail for lying about her address in order to get her kids into a better school district? Her name is obviously NOT Jesus...
  2. The CREW report details Santorum's legislative assistance in exchange for contributions to his political action committee, America's Foundation. From AccuWeather to the U.S Tobacco Corporation to the Miller Brewing Company to Anheuser-Busch, to, of all things, Puerto Rico's healthcare industry, Santorum received contributions from all of these players when he coincidentally authored or sponsored legislation to support their interests. Santorum was so intent on helping Puerto Rican healthcare interests that he introduced not one, but two bills to help Puerto Rican hospitals secure Medicare reimbursements.
  3. In 2002, Santorum received a home loan from a private Philadelphia bank that only makes loans to people who are investors. Lo and Behold! The Santorums were NOT investors...While that may not sound like something illegal, the Senate has specific rules for just those situations, and because Santorum was not a client of the bank, the loan is then classified as a 'gift'.

Other Santorum Fun Facts!

Rick Santorum, since leaving the Senate, has worked, according to Bill Allison, editorial director for the Sunlight Foundation, as a "stealth lobbyist". Santorum has been hired by multiple organizations to influence public policy on behalf of several corporate clients. Last year alone, Santorum earned well over a million dollars in this capacity. He, like Newt Gingrich, classifies the work as being a 'consultant', never admitting that this type of 'consultant' is nothing more than an undercover lobbyist.

Santorum has openly expressed his views that he is against contraception, abortion, gay marriage, gays in the military and giving "blah" people (everyone but Santorum heard him say "black people") other peoples' money, but many are unaware that in his 2005 book, "It Takes A Family", Santorum points out his opposition to women who work outside the home and comes out against feminism, as well.

The great defender of family values, the 'Jesus' candidate, has some issues, to say the least. If his candidacy for President proves to have legs, the scrutiny of his past misdeeds and questionable sense of ethics will most likely sink his chances of winning the Republican nomination. Rick 'Jesus' Santorum is but another character actor in the clown car of Republican hopefuls for the 2012 Presidential election.

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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

Well wouldn't you know! Sleaze disguised as love of God. It's so typical. For--you can't love something you don't try to follow.IF you love Jesus--you follow his precepts.

K Street Project?? It figures.

He's just Icky.

Great hub!


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Josak 4 years ago from variable

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorum_controversy_... I agree with you on this one especially on gay rights.


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great reporting of this litany of Rick Santorum misdeeds, Jillian. I hereby propose a Rick Santorum-Darrell Issa Presidential ticket for the GOP. It would be consistently in line with their love of Jesus... uh no... their love of money. Especially ill gotten money.


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American View 4 years ago from Plano, Texas

If Jesus was running I wonder if he would call himself the "Eick" candidate. Great hub, great points. It seems to me that people have forgaooten what kind of politician Rick is. Thanks for reminding those that forgot. Up and awesome


AKA Winston 4 years ago

Rick Santorum is another in a long line of "nutso" candidates - "I would bomb Iran". Just what we need, another cowboy staring idiotic wars.


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chefsref 4 years ago from Citra Florida

Hi Jillian

I look forward to your occasional returns to Hub pages, far too rare, I miss you.

I think we should be supporting Santorum, the more corrupt idiots running, the more likely that Obama wins. Maybe some kind of ticket that promotes Santorum with Bachmann as VP and Perry as Sec of State. Imagine the comic relief!

And, someone needs to represent the lunatic fringe


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TahoeDoc 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

I'm originally from PA and remember this slimy a$$ from years ago. He needs to go away- makes my skin crawl. He is truly a politician's politician. He represents what is wrong with the way our congress/governement is now run and influenced. It is so far away from the way it is supposed to work and he is a good example of why that is. Makes perfect sense that he should be president -- NOT.

Thanks for the great hub!


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cathylynn99 4 years ago from northeastern US

i knew santorum held some atavistic views from when he ran for senate here in PA. i didn't know he was a crook, though. thanks for the heads up. btw, he's also a gay-basher.


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Good article. Amusing but true. There are no politicians that don't lie or exaggerate everything that comes out of their mouths. They will say anything that they think people want to hear, just to get elected.

Funny, that "Jesus" is being associated with him or any other politician. Jesus was a political rebel, and preached against the oppressiveness of the Roman Government, and the "money Changers" that were desecrating the temples.


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michabelle 4 years ago

Couldn't resist reading this after reading your Abramoff post. You're right on top of all these guys. I can't help but chuckle a little, because I've followed the same stories for years. Remember Ralph Reed's statement about stalking his enemies in the night? Then I suppose he goes to church and confesses his sins and is immediately forgiven. With Miller Beer in their ring of fire, maybe they'll be taking South African safari vacations instead of sneaking away to Scotland to play golf.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Ralph Reed! Faith and Freedom...He has mastered the art of spreading selective amnesia. Everytime I hear one of these men, I wonder the same thing you do. Do they really confess the lies or do they convince themselves that they are the truth tellers?

The idea of safari vacations should be mentioned to them. Right after they try to influence the continent of Africa to kill gays, they could go on safari. What fun!


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

How many scheduling issues can there be? Supposedly, that is the reasoning behind the delays. They may find that Kidan and Abramoff WERE in the loop...

Guess they can hold anyone for as long as they want to...You would be surprised (maybe not) how long some people are held at the county level, all over this country. Know some people who work in the County jail systems and the games that are played with people who have never been convicted are horrifying!


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michabelle 4 years ago

We never will know. I think they cover a lot of details to save face, friends and establishments - and protect the [wealthy] innocent. I'm still watching the Sandusky story. News surfaced on the internet that Paterno was grandson of a NY mob family. (Really?) And what ever happened to Ray Gricar, the D.A. in the Sandusky case that disappeared?

I've found myself wondering how much mafia activity is surrounding high school and college sports, whether through coaches or bookies. But who would ever have associated wise guys with pedophiles? Not me–– never in a million years!

Also I've been anxiously awaiting the details of the Jeffrey Epstein case, the case Britain had all over the net news but that our media has kept very, very quiet.

Nothing surprises me with the way the justice system works, county jails included. The details of the Epstein case, that investigative reporters in Britain were courageous in publishing, will explain why.

One thing is for certain: there are more good people than bad and eventually the good people will make things right. I have faith in that.


Pathetic 4 years ago

No links, no evidence...nothing. How pathetic.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Just what is it that you doubt? Just one little link so that you can begin your own research into Santorum-- then go from there...

http://www.citizensforethics.org/pages/category-re...


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michabelle 4 years ago

I wasn't sure whether we could (or should) add links.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/72798819/JOE-PATERNO-S-O...

Santorum probably nominated Sandusky because he's a Penn State Alumnus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MzFOzj0sG0


Sooner28 4 years ago

Glad you exposed him for what he is. Voted up!


jeff thomas 4 years ago

ron paul is the only "Jesus" candidate


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TahoeDoc 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

Just came back to say that this man becomes more emetogenic (vomit-inducing) day by day.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi, Doc,

I am glad to hear from you. Are you trying to say that Santorum is the 'Ipecac Candidate'? If so, I agree!


AKA Winston 4 years ago

Santorum is singular for jerk.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear AKA Winston,

Santorum is singular for many descriptive words, none of them good!

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