Even though I strongly disagree with much of the politics of Al Gore – especially his being the international crown prince of the widely scientifically denied global-warming theory – I certainly warmed toward his beautiful wife, Tipper.
And I believe I was in a majority of their fellow countrymen who were delighted in their renowned smoochings.
Hence it was a considerable shock when, on June 1, the Gores announced that after 40 years of marriage they were separating.
Understandably, that bad news made page-ones and prime-times worldwide. But I cannot recall that any of that extensive coverage explained why this split, after what was thought to be 40 years of bliss.
On June 24 came news that may provide the reason. But the alleged “newspaper of record,” The New York Times, not only buried it on page 18, but left it to the Associated Press to do the reporting:
“Masseuse accused Gore of sexual contact, officials say.”
This undeniable news of such adulterous conduct charged to the Nobel-Prize-winning former vice president of the United States, whose wife has separated from him, included the following regarding an as-yet unidentified massage therapist in Portland, Ore.:
“In a transcript of the interview, the massage therapist said she had been doing requested abdominal work on Mr. Gore when he demanded she go lower.
“‘I was shocked, and I did not massage beyond what is considered a safe, nonsexual area of the abdomen,’ she said. ‘He further insisted and acted angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud.
“‘I went into much deeper shock as I realized it appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors.’
“She alleged he later tried to have sex with her.
“‘I did not immediately call the police as I feared being made into a public spectacle and my reputation being destroyed,’ she said. ‘I was not sure what to tell them and was concerned my story would not be believed since there was no DNA evidence from a completed act of rape.’
“This alleged ‘unwanted sexual contact’, in October 2006 at the Hotel Lucia, resulted in no charges being filed, because of lack of evidence, law officials said.”
The National Enquirer – which also exposed the adulterous sexual behavior of another Democratic U.S. senator and vice presidential nominee, John Edwards of North Carolina – first exposed this report of Gore adultery. “A spokesman for Mr. Gore, Kalee Creider, said he had no comment.”
A police report prepared in 2007 said the alleged incident occurred Oct. 24, 2006. Mr. Gore was in Portland to deliver a speech on climate change.
The Washington Post report of this was relegated to the bottom of page A4.
But this story noted that this still-unidentified woman “said she had kept clothing from the incident and offered it to the detectives, who declined to take it.”
Oregon’s largest daily, The Oregonian, reported on June 23:
- “The woman told investigators that she informed two friends and kept the clothes she wore that night, including her black pants with stains on them. But Portland police didn’t contact any of the woman’s friends, obtain the potential evidence or interview anyone at the hotel, records show.”
- “‘The case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations,’ the Portland Police Bureau said in a prepared statement, responding to inquiries from all over the world after the National Enquirer broke the story on its website.”
- “The woman said she was called to the hotel about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 2006, to provide a massage for Gore, who was registered under the name ‘Mr. Stone.’ Once inside his ninth-floor suite, she said he pushed her hand to his groin, fondled her buttocks and breasts, tongue-kissed her and threw her down on the bed as she tried to thwart his advances.”
- “Portland police spokeswoman Detective Mary Wheat said: ‘We’re not disputing Al Gore was in the hotel room with this woman. The two people in that room were Mr. Gore and this woman. If a bellhop came in and saw something, that would be different.’”
- “According to a lengthy transcript of the woman’s Jan. 8, 2009, statement to a Portland detective, the therapist said she arrived in the suite about 11 p.m. Earlier that evening, Gore addressed a near-capacity crowd in the Rose Garden’s Theater of the Clouds, telling the audience that manmade global climate change is the most important moral challenge of our time. She said Gore changed into a bathrobe, spoke of his grueling travel schedule and need to relax and told her to call him ‘Al.’”
- “While giving Gore an abdominal massage, she said he demanded that she go lower and soon grabbed her right hand and shoved it under the sheet. ‘I felt like I was dancing on the edge of a razor,’ she told Detective Molly Daul. That’s when, she says, Gore wrapped her in an ‘inescapable embrace’ and fondled her back, buttocks and breasts as she was trying to break down her massage table.”
- “She said she was intimidated by his physical size, calling him ‘rotund,’ described his ‘violent temper, dictatorial, commanding attitude’ – what she termed a contrast from his ‘Mr. Smiley global-warming-concern persona.’”
- “She told detectives last year that she was not out for money but only wants ‘justice.’ ‘He should not get a free pass merely because of his position. People in power are not to be given a license to behave in ways that the rest of us are not.’”
Ladies and gentlemen: How come so very much of these details reported by The Oregonian were either missed or censored by The New York Times and The Washington Post?
And finally: Even if there is no truth at all in this near-rape-by-the-veep claim, by this Oregon masseuse, there is still the lingering question: Just why on earth – after 40 years together – did Tipper Gore leave this Nobel-laureate vice president?