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John Andrew Young

Democrat, Texas (1957-1978)

The Honorable John A. Young was accused by a former congressional secretary of putting sexual pressures on her and paying her more money after she reluctantly submitted to his sexual advances.

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The New York Times had heard that the Justice Department was investigating allegations that the secretary, Colleen Gardner, had charged that Young exerted pressure on her to have sexual relations. Nothing came of these charges, because Gardner couldn't supply prosecutors with any evidence to corroborate her story.

Gardner then spoke to the Times and said that Young, married with five children, elaborated. 

Young vigorously denied Gardner's charges:  "I'd deny it if it were true, but the fact is, I didn't."  (Click here for other examples of "Lyin' Through Their Teeth").

Gardner joined Young's staff in 1970, and was paid $8,500 annually.  A good salary in those days as a beginning staffer.  She didn't have too much to do, and asked for more work.  "'Maybe four days out of the week I had nothing to do,' she said, adding that she spent much of her time in Mr. Young's private office, where they would 'talk about sex for hours and hours.'"  [For other pearls of wisdom, check the Quote Board].

Soon her salary was bumped up to $25,800.  Of all the congressional staffers for the Texas delegation (464 aides), only 27 had a higher salary than Gardner, and 21 of those were administrative assistants (or chiefs of staff).

Gardner said she never had sexual relations with Young in the congressional office, by made at least 32 visits to nearby motels over a 16-month period.  Young often registered under the phony name of "George Denton."

Young acknowledged that he had frequently rented motel rooms under that name, but only for meetings with Defense Department employees who, he said, wanted to give him confidential information about Pentagon activities.  (Can we stop laughing now?)

Later in 1976, the Justice Department cleared Young, finding that there was no proof that he paid his ex-secretary to be his mistress.

On July 13, 1977, Jane F. Young, wife of the congressman, committed suicide, with a bullet in her right temple. 

John Young ran for Congress again in 1978, but was defeated in a run-off in June. 

Sources:  "Congressman's Ex-Aide Links Her Salary to Sex," New York Times, June 11, 1976, 45;  Bill Curry, "Young Defeated in Texas Runoff," Washington Post, June 5, 1978, A8;  E. J. Bachinski, "Rep. Young's Wife Dies of Gunshot Head Wound," Washington Post, July 14, 1977, A3;  "U.S. Investigation  Clears Rep. Young," New York Times, Aug. 19, 1976, 11.