Chicago GOP Takes Strange Foray Into Internet Porn

Normally, the Web sites of political parties are supposed to feature photos of beaming candidates alongside pleas for donations. But that’s not quite the case this afternoon over at the online portal of the Chicago Republican Party. The top of its site features a large photo of a topless woman in a seductive pose, followed by a strange and barely comprehensible essay about John Edwards's mistress Rielle Hunter’s upcoming interview with Oprah. (The Gaggle is too much of a family site to excerpt the photo, but you can see it here—and don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

The item appeared to be posted by a guest contributor, someone named Lumi Boldovici, who says she lives in Paris and appears to have contributed other risqué items to the site in the past. But instead of going after Boldovici, those who left comments were aiming their fire at Chicago GOP leaders, who appeared to be responsible. “Could you take the porn off your Web site?” wrote one. “I thought this was the party of family values.”

All of that said, two questions remain. One, did party leaders actually approve the photo for publication on the site? And two, if they didn’t, is it some sort of hack job—a rickrolling, so to speak, by opponents hoping to embarrass their foes? We’ve put in for a comment. When we hear back, we’ll let you know.

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