Friday, August 18, 2006



I've written a bit about Rep. Phil English here at DWT in the past. And no matter who you ask in DC (or back in Erie) one thing you learn is that you do not want to get between this man and a ham-and-cheese sandwich. But that's old news. Actually the tale I'm about to impart is old news too-- old news that never quite saw the light of day. But I'm jumping ahead of myself.

Today I was cleaning up some of the old comments and I came across 3 I had never seen, all on the Phil English link above. With a little amateur sleuthing I traced one to a local Erie, PA blog called Erie Rant.

The latest rash of alleged pedophile scandals of those holding respected positions in Erie County is beginning to cast doubts on current congressman Phil English. There are reports that English was arrested by Erie County Police while serving as Erie County Comptroller while Louis Tullio was Mayor. Sources report that officers reported to Tullio that Phil English was caught soliciting a black male youth for sex a late summer evening near Buffalo Road.

Apparently Mayor Tullio did not want the scandal to effect him. So he had the officers release English with the understanding that he would leave town never to return. Is this the real reason Phil English ran for state treasurer in 88 after serving as Erie County Comptroller? Was English only able to return home after the death Mayor Tullio. If this story is true did this secret die with Mayor Tullio?

I spoke to an old political expert and friend in Sharon, PA, right across the stateline from Youngstown and part of English's northwest Pennsylvania district. What she told me was pretty shocking. The highly unpopular Congressman English, often called "Jabba" or "Congressman Glutton," has had some pretty freaky rumors circulating about him for many years. Although my friend said she had no first hand knowledge of English's much whispered-about dalliance with a young male prostitute in Harrisburg (something that I found was mentioned in the Wayne Madsen Report), she knew quite a lot about the married congressman's uncontrollable urges for young males. She says that he was arrested quite a few years-- and many pounds-- ago in flagrante delicto. His victim was an underage African-American boy and he was hauled to Mayor Tullio's home in the wee hours of the night, in handcuffs. They mayor, a virtual feudal baron for 2 decades in the area, made him swear to never run for office again and to get out of town in return for the incident to be disappeared.

I have no way of knowing for sure whether or not AmericaBlog was referring to English in a short, sweet June posting about "a certain conservative anti-gay northeastern Republican congressman who got into some trouble with the cops a number of years ago for soliciting a male prostitute. And if it is English, does this refer to the funny business in Erie or the funny business in Harrisburg?

But the anti-gay mania-- often a cover for closet cases trying to throw off suspicions-- is apparent in his viciously homophobic voting record, identical to the gay-bashing voting records of other Republican closet queens in the House like David Dreier (CA), Mark Foley (FL) and Jim McCrery (LA). If Phil English wants to be gay, that should be his right and there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of-- although he should stick to guys over 21 or 18 or whatever the age limit is. But if he wants to get it on with males he should not be using his power in Congress to make the lives of other gay men and women miserable by passing laws designed to put them at disadvantages and make them into second class citizens. Maybe he needs to see a psychiatrist.

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At 2:45 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Sounds like another wonderful member of the human species.

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your posts have put the race in this district on my radar, and I'vve added Phil English's opponent, Steven Porter, to my all-Pennsylvania ActBlue page:

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard that the arresting officer's name is Strickland, and he's recently retired. Maybe someone should ask him. He may have nothing to lose by talking now. I lived in erie during Lou's tenure, and nobody crossed him.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is about time this story came out. Support Steve Porter


At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to make sure the Erie time sees this and urge them to investigate.

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that the Stickland was one of only five officers who retired in Erie this year.I have also heard that the Hon. Linda Bebko-Jones may have info but I am sure it will not be easy getting it out of hear. I also would suggest looking at investigative reports from local papers at the time. I am sure they would have good info but are just to afraid to talk. Maybe the Erie Times.

Hon. Linda Bebko-Jones
801 East Ave.
Erie, PA 16503
(814) 459-1949
Fax: (814) 871-4854

Hon. Linda Bebko-Jones
Room 113Hon. Linda Bebko-Jones
Irvis Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
(717) 772-4035
Fax: (717) 783-7548

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Sharon native, this is very interesting to hear. I thought the only salacioius thing happening in that neck of the woods were drug busts. How about sliding an anonymous tip to the Sharon Herald about Rep. English's alleged proclivity for soliciting sex from underage men?

At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More of the story and its COVER-UP is starting to come out -- whether the mainstream Western PA media, who has the resources to rout out the truth, likes it or not.

So far it has been discovered that Strickland was not an arresting officer, but he allegedly was there and/or has knowledge of the alleged arrest & subsequent developments.

The arrest allegedly occurred across from the Polish club in an area known for its drugs, prostitution and gay cruising.

The arrest and handcuffing -- for solicitation of sex with a minor -- was witnessed by people in the area.

So far it is also known that a Joe, a Randy, and a Brian are either directly involved or part of the cover-up.

It is NO SURPRISE that Phil English refuses to debate Steve Porter in a public forum with the media around -- he KNOWS that a number of people are seriously probing and looking into these "alleged" disgusting acts of pedophilia. He knows the cover-up is unraveling and that all the gory details are forthcoming.

Truth has an interesting way of always revealing itself, despite all the odds and those who would subvert it.

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is common knowledge Mark Foley (D16)West Palm Beach, Fl. is gay and has enacted legislation against sexual predators, commendable if he had not himself solicted a 16 yr. old for sexual favors. He is running again for Congress to represent the "right" and our state. How disgusting he continues his "other life" I do not want this kind of a lier in the house for one more term or any other public office.

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been nothing but rumor and innuendo to this story so far. I understand how smear campaigns work,and so far that's what this story seems to be, but if there's no fire, and I doubt there is,all the people who claim they are smelling smoke will be, or at least should be teribly embarrassed.

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that the writer of the last comment is quick to defend English against the allegations leveled against him by doubting their occurrence. One would think the writer would insist that an investigation take place. We're not talking about charges that English stole some candy. These are serious charges of a sexual nature. The allegations are certainly only allegations until proven, but they should not go unanswered. The citizens of the 3rd congressional district deserve to know the truth. If these are unfounded charges then that fact should be known to clear English's name. On the other hand, if the sexual indiscretions occurred, then English should be forced to resign from Congress and prosecuted. Wouldn't we insist that justice prevail against someone of lesser stature if that person were found culpable?

Furthermore, where is this writer now to denounce English for the smear tactics against Porter? Does he not find those innuendos and false statements reprehensible?

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know nothing of Pennsylvania Politics except what I read in the papers/online.
However, with some serious money and some serious digging, the story if true can be verified.
The political climate is ripe for this to happen. But the window of opportunity will vanish once the Foley story disappears from the MSN radar.

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a reason it's called homophobia, which is the fear, rather than hatred, of homosexuality. As anyone who has taken Psychology 101 can tell you, an individual's animosity toward gays stems from their repressed fear that they themselves harbor homosexual urges. Whether conscious or unconscious, these feelings of self-loathing are projected on the objects of their desire.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger KayInMaine said...

What a fat disgusting Pig this man is!!!!!!!!!!!! The good news? Besides the current sex scandal of the republican party, all the past ones are coming out too. Good. Even if there are democrats involved........kick their asses out along with the GOP perverts, please!!!

I'm so sick of it. It disgusts me that ANY individual in our government would desire a young person. Ewwwwwwwww, it makes my skin crawl.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the area and the story with Mayor Tullio warning him not to seek office, holds true to what I have heard over the years.

At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously if this is true it is disgusting and the man should be strung up...however, it seems that all we have here is speculation.

I truly do hope Steven Porter wins this race. But at the same time I wonder if we may be getting ahead of ourselves for the moment.

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live in English's district and heard a version of this story as early as 2000 from some political operatives.

I recall being told that there was a written report at some time (of molestation, not solicitation), but English was able to get it erased through family influence. His parents were well-to-do relative to Erie.

I've always thought this story had legs and wondered why none of the local press looked into it (especially during English's very nasty election fights in '94 and '96, when he ran an ad about his opponent renting hotel porn).

At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm backing Mike Waltner for PA Dist. 3 seat against this creep.

English does the minimum amount of good for our communities, but mostly he likes to travel to exotic locations. He's on the list of the most traveled Congressmen and always at the expense of We the People.

Google Northern Mariannes Islands

Here's a start:

Mike Waltner stands for common sense with compassion, something terribly and sadly lacking in our current crew of outlaws.

Can you say RICO kiddies? I knew you could!

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the morning of June 29, 1989,"Homosexual Prostitution Probe Ensnares Official of Bush, Reagan,"
screamed the front-page headline of the Washington Times with the kicker
"Gay college boys Took Midnight Tour of White House."


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