The DC Madam and “hookergate”?

If Palfrey’s “escorts” were being used as payoffs to Congressmen, could there be a connection to Dusty Foggo’s Watergate poker games?

I have no reason to think this is true, but with Juan Williams apparently telling NPR listeners:

Prostitutes … or call girls were given to people as part of lobbying efforts, part of efforts to persuade people to do things on Capitol Hill.

I have to wonder: wouldn’t it be delicious if some of the prostitutes at Dusty Foggo’s Watergate poker games came from the Jeane Palfrey “escort service”? Is that the card she’s holding back, hoping that her clients can put the pressure on to get her a plea bargain before the case goes to trial? If so, I’m afraid she’s under a severe misimpression about how the process works. She’s made this case much too hot to fix. Pass the popcorn.

Update The eagerly-awaited ABC News story turned out to be a nothingburger. No names we hadn’t already heard. But of course those were just the phone records. If “escorts” were being paid for by third parties, the numbers of the ultimate recipients of the “service” wouldn’t be there.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: