The first occurred in 2010 when Karen Sypher, the ex-wife of former assistant Tim Sypher, was convicted of trying to extort money from Pitino to keep secret their 2003 tryst on a restaurant table. She is serving a seven-year sentence for the crime in a Florida prison.
(CNN) - How could they not have known they were asking for trouble? In the past few years, Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana had an affair with the staff member who had helped him produce a video promoting sexual abstinence. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford flew to Argentina for an extramarital tryst, instructing his staff to tell the press he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Sen. John Edwards tried to pass off the daughter he fathered as the love child of one of his aides.
Dallas is engaged in a perpetual love tryst with the new. So it is in a sense ironical that it should be the setting for the nomination of a 73-year-old man who doesn't even blow-dry his hair. These things are noteworthy because there is a struggle going on within the soul of the G.O.P., and perhaps within the souls of its brightest leaders, which reflects the paradoxical character of Dallas. Economic progress and political conservatism-understood here as a return of sorts to an earlier, let's say Lincolnian, understanding of politics-needn't perhaps collide. But they might, and for the Republican Party as for Dallas, there lies the rub. 781b155fdc