Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Norm Coleman And His Own Personal Pervgate Scandal


No, this one's the actual wife

Long after Norm Coleman (R-MN) and I were co-secretaries of our elementary school class at PS 197 in Brooklyn, disturbing rumors started circulating about him being a womanizer, something no one from the 5th grade would have guessed. (We all would have just guessed he would be a crook.) I sat down with a well-placed friend on mine in Minneapolis and we tried piecing it all together. As Coleman heads into the final week of a troubled re-election bid, nobody is willing to be identified for fear of the backlash from a sitting Senator and his powerful, wealthy friends. However, there are numerous anonymous sources that independently confirm his philandering. Some have spoken on tape, others via email, but all sources have been well documented. These rumors are so pervasive that Twin Cities public television's political reporter Mary LaHammer felt it necessary to directly ask Norm.

Now it might not be the question that reporters are trying to get him to answer at this moment (about who bought his suits) but contrary to Sen. Coleman's statement that he doesn't respond to blogger accusations and rumors, he did with us. In the interview we showed an excerpt of on Almanac, Coleman responded to all the whispers and blogger claims that he cheats on his wife. Coleman said he's been true to his wife, although he conceded his marriage hasn't been perfect, he said his marriage is stronger now than it has ever been. He said the accusations come from hate over his pro-life position on abortion and his wife's career acting in Los Angeles.

Norm felt the need to address this issue himself with his first ad (which ironically sparked accusations that Laurie was green-screened into the ad... later disproved).

When Republicans accuse a Democrat of something, they are usually much worse. The Republicans accused Norm's opponent Al Franken of writing porn a decade ago and linked him to rape jokes and accused him of having a poor attitude toward women in classic Republican smear attacks. The truth is that Norm's treatment of women is disgusting and shameless.

Numerous sources have confirmed that they knew Norm had an affair. Multiple sources have attested that Norm is often out with his friends shamelessly hitting on women. Most sources have also seen Norm with women they characterize as prostitutes.

It's not just that Norm hasn't been faithful, it's the many reports of how Norm treats women. From women who have seen Norm grope waitresses who served him at restaurants to a media personality in the Twin Cities who claims that Norm stuck his tongue in her mouth, many women have had unpleasant experiences with Minnesota's senior Senator.

Norm has always claimed that he has been faithful, but multiple sources claim that this is simply not true. Like I said, these sources want to remain anonymous because they fear reprisal from Norm and his rich, powerful benefactors. For about 5 years in the 90s, Norm had an affair with Mary Sue Perpich, the daughter of former Governor Rudy Perpich. This affair occurred while Norm was the Mayor of St. Paul, MN. Witnesses saw Norm and Ms. Perpich at restaurants repeatedly. This appears to be the best kept secret in St. Paul that everyone knows about.

In recent years, Norm's neighbors claim to have seen a woman arriving "within hours" of Laurie leaving for California. This woman would stay the entire week, leaving before Laurie's return. Also, they have occasionally seen various women leaving Norm's house as early as 5 AM when Laurie was out of town.

His neighbors also tell the story of Laurie throwing Norm out of the house after finding out about his relationship with Ms. Perpich. He stayed with a friend who they say lived "down the street" until Laurie let him back in.

One of Norm's neighbors had an interesting run-in with one of Norm's ex-girlfriends (not Ms. Perpich). This neighbor heard crashing sounds downstairs while he and his family were upstairs. He came downstairs and confronted the woman. She was drunk and thought she was trashing Norm's house. The police came and arrested her. According to this neighbor the police report of this incident was buried-- He had a hard time getting his insurance company to cover the damages.

Norm made a pass at a Twin Cities media personality who wishes to remain anonymous. She related that Norm kissed her on the lips and tried to stick his tongue in her mouth, but she rebuffed his advances. She didn't "make a scene" because this was in a public place.

A former employee of the Minneapolis restaurant Babalu claims to have seen Norm with women she characterized as "skanky." She believes that these women were prostitutes. She stated that she saw Norm fondle one of these women's thighs. She also states that she saw Norm grab a server's butt and would often try and "feel up" a server's leg. She also related a story from one
particular evening which Norm called a friend and urged him to drive over to Babalu because "there is an unbelievable amount of tail here."

A former employee at Bellanotte witnessed Norm hit on an African-American waitress. When she walked away rather than respond to his advances, he said loudly "C'mon back, baby, you're giving me
jungle fever." Another person verified this incident.

Norm hit on a waitress at Morton's Steak House in Minneapolis. She said the encounter "grossed her out." Norm took her hand and wouldn't let go. "He gave me the creeps," she said.

A former server at Rossi's, a Minneapolis restaurant which recently closed, said she worked a private room that was set aside for Norm Coleman and his buddies. They call  themselves the "Millionaire Boys Club" (note: Norm is not a millionaire). They had reserved the room from noon to 6. Along with their steak dinners and cases of wine, they were smoking cigars. An obvious flaunting of the recently passed smoking ban.

The former server said that they "got good and drunk" and that the conversation in the room was "nauseating." They made sexist and racist comments all afternoon long. African Americans were referred to as "darkies." There was a long conversation in which they expounded upon the reasons poor people were poor. The conclusion was that "they are lazy and don't work" according to this source. The worst part was when they were passing around a laptop they were using to view hardcore pornographic movies. They showed the movies to the women employees and tried to encourage them to watch with them. They were commenting "like frat boys" on the movies making her and the other servers very uncomfortable.

Later in the evening, there was a wedding event planned in this room. Not only had Norm and his buddies fumigated the room so badly that the wedding event was nearly ruined, they refused to leave when asked to by the staff so they could prepare for the event. The server described their behavior as "being jerks about it."

A Minneapolis man witnessed Norm "hitting on" women at Redstone, a restaurant in Minnetonka, MN (a western suburb). He describes Norm's behavior as "blatant" and said Norm's womanizing behavior and obvious come-ons became a standing joke amongst the female customers at Redstone.

An attorney claimed to have spoken with two women who were looking into pressing sexual harassment charges against Norm. These women in the end decided against moving forward with their claims.

A woman who lives in Minneapolis stated that she spoke to three female Republicans who bragged about sleeping with Norm recently. But beyond that, Young Turks host Cenk Uygur pretty much has the rest of the Norm Coleman down pat:

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At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL Howie!

I thought you were going to out him!

This IS kind of a closet issue, Republicans having heterosexual affairs, who knew?

At 12:59 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

He's not the only creepy Republican freak who isn't gay. Do you know about the GOP's star candidate in Ohio, Steve Stivers? I sure wouldn't want my daughter being anywhere near this guy!

At 5:51 AM, Blogger Aaron said...

A lot of people have known about these rumors for a long time -- but really, they don't help the dialog, I don't think.

His policy and demeanor in the Senate is at this level of scumminess already that I don't think we even need to get into his personal life.

At 6:05 AM, Blogger Chris said...

My memory is kind of vague on this, but it seems like about 4 or 5 years ago, Norm was actually arrested in, I think, downtown St. Paul for assaulting his wife. I don't recall the details, but it was on the order of they were out late, he was drunk/angry, and gave her a black eye. Anyway, she of course ended up not pressing charges, and the matter was quickly swept under the rug.

Maybe I'm not remember clearly, but it did make it into the Star Tribune newspaper at the time. Someone with the ability to search the paper's archives could easily find it, one would think.

Groping waitresses and battering one's wife would fit into the same mold of lack of respect for women.

At 6:20 AM, Blogger Minnesota Central said...

I am not going to dispute the “facts” that are alleged, because you are correct the “whisper campaign” has had these for years … just like the now “not so whisper campaign” about Franken’s temperament.
But, for arguments sake let’s accept your premise … did an inappropriate sexual activity affect his performance as a Senator ? Can you show any hearing or vote that he missed ? Did he obtain any earmarks that related to these affairs ? Was he blackmailed because of these affairs ? That would make the allegations important.

Look at his Senate record and decide if Coleman deserves another term. On foreign policy, he’s a strong supporter of John Bolton and the neo-con agenda. On domestic policy, he’s a strong supporter of a tax policy that has doubled the debt since he can into the Senate.
Coleman’s philosophies and performance is why he does not deserve another term … his affairs will continue long after he is out of the Senate … but please don’t attempt to switch from the political performance to his bedroom performance.

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok here is some interesting news for you people up in Minnesota. I am from Arizona and frequented Las Vegas many times. Norm doesn't like just women. He likes transsexuals. It is known through Vegas about this guy. The media in Minnesota must be lame because this guy is all over the map down here! It is amazing with what senators get away with. I remember that Larry Craig from Idaho getting caught in MN and thought to myself "don't they even know anything about their own Senator?" Ya'll need to look deeper into this guy. He is a serious creep!

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howie! Do I know you? You very well might! I may indeed know you! I'm a PS 197 graduate as well! I lived on the same "block". I just can't remember if I was a year ahead of you and Norman (notice - not Norm - and I do know the other name too) or the same year. My bet is that I was a year ahead because I skipped 3rd grade.

At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavens!!! I read what I typed and it sure didn't match what I had thought I had typed. Let me correct it!

Hello Howie! Do I know you? I may indeed know you! You might very well know me too! I'm a PS 197 graduate as well - all 8 grades there! Norman and I (notice - I used Norman and not "Norm" - and I do know his other nickname too!) lived on the same block - a mere 6 houses apart. I guess you can say we kinda grew up together. Even though Norman and I are the same age, I was a year ahead because I skipped 3rd grade. Ahhh - the memories!!! Let me know if you'd like my email address.

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Away Muckrackers. It it not illegal to cheat on ones spouse. I hope you get sued for invasion of Norms privacy.

At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Jim Gilbertson said...

My wife and I met Susie Perpich at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis on Memorial Day 2014. She was there to clean up her Dad's Monument, as she does every year. We introduced ourselves, saying we were there to visit my grandmother's grave, close to her dad's. Since that time, my dear wife passed away, on February 19, 2016, and will be interred there on Friday, May 13. I will return early to Lakewood on this Memorial Day 2016, to visit my dear wife's resting place, and may find Mary Perpich there again.


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