Gerry Studds D - MA be reprimanded for having engaged in sexual relationships with minors , specifically year-old congressional pages. Both representatives admitted to the charges. On July 20, , the House voted by a supermajority to revise the reprimand recommendation to censure , a more extreme measure. Censure had never previously been used in a case of sexual misconduct.
Voters elected a Democratic teen sex predator in 1984, and it was no big deal
Massachusetts voters stood by Democratic Rep. Gerry Studds even after he was censured by the House in for his sexual relationship at age 36 with a year-old male congressional page, as well as making sexual advances toward two other teenage pages. Far from dooming the Democratic Party, the episode barely registered at the ballot box. Democrats kept their House majority and gained Senate seats in , while Studds was re-elected in his liberal Cape Cod district with 56 percent of the vote. He won re-election five more times and was ultimately named chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee before retiring in
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